Wednesday, May 18, 2005


MEDFORD – Tufts University senior outfielder Jeff Volinski (Andover, MA/Andover) is one of 11 players named to the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 1 College Division Baseball Team announced recently. To qualify, an athlete has to be starter or significant reserve on his team while maintaining a grade point average of 3.2 or better.

Volinski, who carries a gpa of nearly 3.9 as a Mechanical Engineering major at Tufts, has been on the Dean's List every semester at Tufts. A National Society of Collegiate Scholars member, he also belongs to Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. He is one of 12 recipients of the Tufts Alumni Association Senior Award for students who have excelled academically and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in campus and/or community activities.

On the baseball field, Volinski started 28 of the 30 games that he played in for the Jumbos this spring. Primarily the left fielder, he hit .297 with one home run and 11 runs batted in. He hit seven doubles and two triples while leading the team with 23 walks and nine hit-by-pitches. That helped him compile an impressive .472 on-base percentage. He went 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs in a NESCAC East Division victory over Colby on April 30. He made just one error in 46 chances for a .978 fielding percentage, and he stole four bases in five attempts. He hit his first collegiate home run in a NESCAC East game against Bates on April 5 and has been selected to the All-NESCAC Academic Team in 2004 and 2005.

Last summer, Volinski visited multiple universities and high-tech engineering sites while on a 17-day journey through four Chinese cities. He has landed a job with a local engineering firm and has future plans to possibly attend graduate or law school.