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Tuesday, April 4, 2006


MEDFORD -- Tufts University Baseball's junior 1B Bryan McDavitt (Holden, MA/St. Peter-Marian) has been a tough out all season, but especially last week as the Jumbos returned to New England by winning their first four games up north. McDavitt led the way and was chosen as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week.

McDavitt had at least two hits in all four games. He completed the week with a .625 batting average (10/16), eight runs scored, five runs batted in, three doubles, four walks (.700 on-base percentage), three stolen bases and a perfect fielding percentage on 30 chances.

He got the week started by contributing a 2 for 3 effort with two runs scored and an RBI in the Jumbos' 20-0 victory at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Wednesday. He then had eight hits in 13 at bats during a three-game sweep at Bates to open the NESCAC East Division season. He was 3 for 4 with two runs, two RBIs and two walks in the opener on Friday, a 12-3 win. In Saturday's first game, McDavitt finished 3 for 5 with two runs, two RBIs and two doubles. His award-winning week was finished with a 2 for 4 game two on Saturday with two runs scored and a walk.

For the year, through 15 games, McDavitt is hitting a remarkable .518 (29/56) with 16 runs scored, 17 RBIs, eight doubles, 14 walks, a .606 on-base percentage, six stolen bases and a 1.000 fielding percentage. He's currently leads the league in hits, is second in doubles and total bases, and is third in batting and stolen bases.

Also a starting safety on the Tufts Football team, McDavitt was picked to the All-NESCAC First Team last season. This is his second NESCAC Player of the Week honor. He was also recognized at the same time last season for his performances against Mass Maritime and Bates.

McDavitt shares the award with freshman 3B Brendan Powers from Amherst College, who hit .429 with 12 RBIs in four games.