MEDFORD – Tufts University junior 3B Jamie Stevens and sophomore pitcher Kristi Van Meter have been named the NESCAC Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their roles in helping the Jumbos win the 2019 conference championship at home over the weekend.
Tufts defeated Middlebury College on Friday 2-0, Trinity College on Saturday 6-2 and then Williams College 3-2 in the championship game Sunday to win their 11th NESCAC title. It's the first conference crown for the team since 2015.
Van Meter was 2-0 with a save in the NESCAC Tournament including the win in the championship game. In 15.2 total innings she allowed nine hits and three runs (1.72 era) with 14 strike outs. She retired all eight batters she faced for a save in game one against Middlebury. She earned the semifinal win over Trinity in relief, going six innings allowing just two hits and one run. In the championship game win (7 IP, 7 H, 2 R) she got the final three outs while the potential tying run was on second base.
Stevens drove in runs in all three NESCAC Championship games over the weekend, hit .429 (3/7) for the tournament and played perfect defense at third base (nine chances). Her solo home run in the bottom of the sixth in game one against Middlebury was good insurance in the 2-0 victory. After a sac fly in the semifinal win against the Bantams, Steven's rbi double in the first inning of the championship game ultimately provided the game-winning run.
Van Meter is NESCAC's Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season and the third time in her career. The Player of the Week honor is the first for Stevens.
With a league-best 13 wins, 1.55 earned run average and .165 batting average against this spring, Van Meter established herself as NESCAC's best in the circle over the weekend. Stevens' home run against Middlebury was her sixth, tied for second-most in the league. She's hitting .337 with a .577 slugging mark that is seventh in the league and she's driven in 25 runs.
Head coach Lauren Ebstein's Tufts team (30-8) was selected to host an NCAA Regional at Spicer Field this weekend.