Teams: Baseball: Press
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
CHERTOK, SMOTHERMAN RECEIVE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
MEDFORD -- Two members of the 2006 Tufts University Baseball team
have complemented their success on the field with academic honors.
Senior shortstop Greg Chertok (New City, NY/Clarkstown North)
and senior pitcher Zak Smotherman (Westborough, MA/Phillips
Andover) were recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic
All-District baseball teams.
On a squad with seven upperclassmen carrying grade point averages
of 3.35 or above, Chertok and Smotherman stand out. Chertok, a
psychology major with a gpa above 3.7, was named to the District 1
(Northeast) College Division First Team, and Smotherman, a quantitative
economics major with a gpa over 3.6, was placed on the District 1
Second Team. Both players will graduate May 21.
Both student-athletes were also leading members of the Jumbos on the field. As the lead-off hitter,
Chertok finished third on the team with a .367 batting average (51/139) and
scored 35 runs while driving in 18. He walked 12 times, posted a .429 on-base
percentage and stole nine bases in 11 attempts. In the field, #3 made just eight
errors in 177 chances at shortstop for a .955 fielding percentage.
A tri-captain who was a
three-year starting shortstop at Tufts, Chertok was Academic All-NESCAC in 2005
(the '06 team has not been announced yet). He is a recipient of the Leonard
Carmichael Class of 1921 Prize Fund, awarded by the Department of Psychology to
third-year students whose academic achievements have been judged as outstanding.
This semester he is a contributing author to a book entitled "Small Ball," about
teaching baseball for youth coaches.
Smotherman was the staff ace, finishing 6-2 with a 2.71 earned run average and 51 strike outs in 63
innings. He allowed just 55 hits, 21 walks and a .238 batting average. The 6'3"
lefty took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of a NESCAC Tournament game against
Bowdoin on May 14, eventually earning the win while allowing two hits.
A three-year starting pitcher for the Jumbos, Smotherman was also an All-NESCAC Academic Team member
in 2005. A member of Tufts varsity hockey team for two seasons (2002-04),
Smotherman is also an Explorations Teacher/Peer Advisor at Tufts, teaching a
seminar class on sports finance and acting as an academic advisor.
Tufts finished 24-14 and set single-season records for hits (419), runs (272), RBIs (245) and strike
outs by pitchers (209) in a season.