Tuesday, April 27, 2004


MEDFORD – For his leading role in helping the Tufts University Baseball team stay in contention for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament bid, Jumbo third baseman Adam Kacamburas (North Reading, MA/North Reading HS) has been named the conference's Player of the Week.

In four games last week, including a crucial three-game series against NESCAC East Division opponent Colby College, Kacamburas hit .500 (7 for 14) with six runs scored, six runs batted in and seven walks. He was on base in two-thirds of his 21 plate appearances during the week, struck out just once, hit three doubles and stole two bases.

The Jumbos were 3-1 for the week, but swept Colby to remain in the hunt for a NESCAC Tournament berth. Tufts is 15-11 overall and 5-4 in the conference. A loss to the Mules would have eliminated the Jumbos from playoff contention.

After a 2 for 3 day with three walks, a run and a stolen base during a 9-8 non-conference loss to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, Kacamburas was the catalyst at the top of the order for the Jumbos against Colby. In the first of two games on Saturday, he was 3 for 3 with three doubles, three runs scored and two runs batted in. He was in the middle of early rallies that led Tufts to an 11-1 victory. On Sunday when Tufts earned a sweep of the series with a 16-6 victory, Kacamburas was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and four runs batted in. For the series he was 5 for 11 (.455) with five runs scored and six batted in.

The third baseman is hitting .333 this season (32/96) and leading Tufts with 28 runs scored, 10 doubles and nine stolen bases. He has 18 RBIs and 19 walks.

Tufts faces a must-sweep series at Bates College this coming weekend. Bowdoin has already finished NESCAC East play at 8-4. A sweep would give the Jumbos the same record, but they would earn a tournament berth based on their two out of three series win at Bowdoin April 16-17.