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Monday, April 2, 2007


MEDFORD � When the Tufts University baseball and softball teams opened their NESCAC East Division seasons on Friday afternoon at home, both teams received superb pitching performances that led them to victory. Today, baseball's Adam Telian (Stoughton, MA/Stoughton) and softball's Erica Bailey (Scottsdale, AZ/Chaparral), both juniors, were selected for the conference's recently-established Pitcher of the Week awards.

New this year, NESCAC is presenting Pitcher of the Week awards in addition to Player of the Week honors. Telian earns the honors for his efforts in a 4-2 Jumbo victory over Bates that got the Jumbos moving towards a three-game sweep of the Bobcats during the weekend. Bailey has been recognized for shutting down Bates for an 8-1 victory that helped softball take two out of three games over the weekend. Both pitchers allowed first-inning runs, but were then dominant.

Telian struck out 11 Bobcats in six innings of work. He gave up six hits and no walks, and the run was unearned. In the second and third innings combined, he struck out five Bates hitters in a row and six of seven overall. With the Jumbos leading just 3-1, he faced down a Bobcats rally with runners on second and third and no outs. He also picked off a base-runner in the first.

Bailey mowed down the Bobcats from the second inning through the seventh. She retired 11 in a row at one point and allowed just one Bates runner to reach second in those six innings. Overall, she allowed just three hits and one runs while striking out eight in seven innings. She also went 1 for 3 with an RBI at bat.

Telian is currently fifth in NESCAC with 22 strike outs in 22.2 innings. In three starts overall, he is 2-0 with a 0.79 earned run average (two earned runs). Thirteen of the 15 hits he's allowed have been singles and opponents are batting .188 against the lefty. He's walked just four and has not hit a batter. Head coach John Casey's Jumbos are 10-4 overall.

Bailey is among the conference's top 10 with her 3.03 earned run average in 30 innings of work. She sports a 4-1 record and has struck out 23 batters against 10 walks. Head coach Cheryl Milligan's team has a 10-5 record.