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Wednesday, May 17, 2006


MEDFORD -- The Tufts University Baseball team has two players on the First Team and two on the Second Team as the 2006 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Teams were announced today.

Junior 1B Bryan McDavitt (Holden, MA/St. Peter-Marian) and senior CF Jim O'Leary (North Easton, MA/Roxbury Latin) were selected to the First Team. Senior SS Greg Chertok (New City, NY/Clarkstown North) and senior pitcher Zak Smotherman (Westborough, MA/Phillips Andover) are on the Second Team.

McDavitt is on the All-NESCAC First Team for the second straight year. He hit .420, currently fifth in the league, with four home runs and 38 runs batted in. His 58 hits (fourth in NESCAC), 14 doubles and 38 RBIs were just shy of Jumbo single-season marks. He also fielded his first base position flawlessly with no errors in 345 total chances.

O'Leary also played errorless ball in center field, handling all of his 58 chances. At the plate, he is second in NESCAC with a .467 batting average (50/107) along with 15 doubles (tied for third in NESCAC), two home runs and 28 RBIs. With 14 walks and 10 hit-by-pitches, O'Leary was on base at a .565 clip and was a perfect 9 for 9 in stolen bases.

Chertok is yet another sure-handed fielder on the Jumbos, who are the best defensive team in NESCAC with a .964 fielding percentage. Chertok made just eight errors in 177 chances at short for a .955 fielding percentage. He had a great senior year at the plate, finishing at .367 with 35 runs scored, 18 runs batted in and nine stolen bases.

Smotherman was the staff ace, recording a 6-2 record and a 2.71 earned run average that is sixth in the conference. He's currently second in the league with 51 strikeouts in 63 innings, and his .238 batting average against was the best for Tufts. Smotherman took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in the NESCAC Tournament against Bowdoin.

Tufts finished second in the NESCAC East Division with a 9-3 mark and advanced to the NESCAC Tournament final. They lost there to Middlebury to finish the season with a 24-14 record.