Written by Kate Gluckman
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2001


MEDFORD - Two Tufts University hitters tore the cover off the ball during the past week of play for the Jumbos. As a result, they were rewarded with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week awards.

Junior RF Dan Callahan (Medfield, MA/ Medfield) of the Tufts baseball team, and junior 1B Tiffany Trahan (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford) of the Tufts softball team, were named co-Players of the Week after helping their teams sweep the week's games while improving the Jumbos' position in the league standings. Callahan shared the award with Middlebury College pitcher Tyler Conrad, while Debra Ellen Glickstein from Wesleyan also received recognition with Trahan.

The Tufts baseball team faced Trinity, the number one team in New England, in three games over the weekend. Coming in with an 18-1 record, Trinity battled Tufts for the top spot in the NESCAC East Division. The Jumbos creamed the Bantams with a combined score for the weekend of 46-2. Callahan came through in the three-game sweep with 12 hits in 17 at bats for a dazzling .706 batting average. He also scored seven runs and had six RBIs, three doubles, and one triple for the series.

In a 22-0 win to open the series on Friday (Apr. 13), Callahan went 4 for 7 with three runs and three RBI, then went a combined 8 for 10 in 5-0, 19-2 double-header wins on Saturday (Apr. 14). Tufts also played MIT on April 9, winning 11-1. Callahan had one hit in three at bats and finished the week off with a .650 batting average (13/20).

The Tufts softball team opened up the week with a 13-1 win over Salem State on April 10, then headed over to Amherst for a double-header on Saturday. The Jumbos swept the games (8-0, 9-6) over Amherst, which plays in the NESCAC West Divison and will be a contender for the conference championship. Trahan came up big at the plate, going 6 for 8 (.750) with four runs scored in the twinbill.

In her first at bat during the first game, Trahan belted one out of the park for a homer and gave the Jumbos a lead that they never gave away during the weekend. Trahan ended the week with a .818 batting average (9 for 11) while also having seven runs scored, three RBI, one double, and her fourth home run of the season.

Tufts baseball looks to continue a five-game winning streak at Brandeis on Tuesday (Apr. 17), while the softball team hopes to stretch a seven-game winning streak against Springfield the same day.