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Monday, April 7, 2008


MEDFORD -- Freshman Pat O'Donnell (Worcester, MA) has emerged as a talented third starter in the Tufts University baseball team's pitching rotation. Barely three weeks into his college career, he's a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Pitcher of the Week after an outstanding outing at Williams College on Sunday (Apr. 6).

O'Donnell pitched a nine-inning, complete-game two-hitter against the Ephs for a 2-1 Tufts victory in Williamstown. He struck out seven, walked two and gave up one unearned run. The victory gave the Jumbos (11-6) a double-header sweep of Williams and extended their winning streak to five games.

O'Donnell retired the first 13 Ephs until sophomore catcher Chad Brown singled with one out in the fifth. The lone run was scored in the sixth after junior 3B Barrett Allison got on base by error to lead off the inning. Pat Barren doubled him home. Only three Williams batters touched second base all game against O'Donnell, a 6'0", 155-pound right-hander.

For the season, O'Donnell has a 3-0 record and 0.64 earned run average in five appearances (four starts). He's allowed 21 hits, two earned runs and six walks in 28.1 innings. Only three of the 21 hits have been for extra bases and he has struck out 14.