MEDFORD – The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) champion Tufts University baseball team placed four players on the 2019 All-Conference teams announced today, including Pitcher of the Year R.J. Hall and Rookie of the Year Peter DeMaria.
Hall is the fifth Tufts pitcher to earn the award and the fourth in the previous six years. He joins Speros Varinos (2016 & 2017), Kyle Slinger (2014), Ed Bernstein (2011) and Jon Lee (2001 & 2003) as Jumbos who have been NESCAC Pitcher of the Year. DeMaria is the Jumbos' fourth NESCAC Rookie of the Year and third since 2014 including Chase Rose (2008), Tim Superko (2014) aand Tommy O'Hara (2015).
Junior infielder Speros Varinos joins Hall and DeMaria on the 2019 All-Conference first team. Junior infielder JP Knight is on the second team All-Conference.
Hall, who is on the All-Conference first team for the second straight year, has a 1.31 earned run average that is nearly a run lower than anyone else in the league. He was even better in the NESCAC East with a 1.17 mark. He's 7-0 with a 0.94 walks and hits to innings pitched ratio and has hurled two shutouts including in the NESCAC Tournament.
DeMaria, who is the only freshman in the conference on the first team, has been an offensive force for the Jumbos since day one. His 17 doubles are five more than anyone else in the conference and he's second in NESCAC with 33 runs batted in. He's at .346/.485/.543 with the Jumbos entering the NCAA Regional this weekend.
Varinos, one of two Jumbos to play in all 38 games thus far, saw action at second and third. He is fourth in the conference with 52 hits and eighth with 23 walks for a .361 batting average (sixth) and .454 on-base percentage. His 72 assists are seventh in the league.
Knight ranks in the top 10 in NESCAC with nine doubles, two triples and three home runs. He's slugging .496 and was at his best in 12 NESCAC East games (.353/.489/.647). He hit one of the more memorable home runs in Tufts history with a grand slam to complete a 9-6 comeback win at Trinity to clinch a conference tournament berth for Tufts on April 27.
Head coach John Casey's Jumbos are 29-9 and will travel to the NCAA Regional in Cortland, New York this weekend. The Jumbos open up against Penn State Harrisburg on Friday.