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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


MEDFORD -- Sophomore shortstop David LeResche (St. Louis, MO/John Burroughs), who led the Tufts University baseball team in 10 offensive categories this season, has been named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Second Team for 2009.

LeResche had the team's best numbers in batting average (.376), runs (33), hits (50), doubles (12), runs batted in (33), total bases (72), slugging percentage (.541), on-base percentage (.494), stolen bases (11) and even hit by pitches (15). He also had an outstanding season in the field with a .943 percentage on 212 attempts. He helped turn 27 double plays.

With conference member Trinity College beginning NCAA Regional play this week, LeResche is ranked seventh in the league with his .494 on-base percentage and is tied for eighth with the 11 steals. In 12 games against NESCAC East Division opponents, LeResche hit .359 with 11 runs scored and 10 batted in. He made just three errors in those 12 games for a .951 fielding percentage.

LeResche was the NESCAC Player of the Week on April 13 after hitting .643 with a .762 on-base percentage in five games against Brandeis (one) and Middlebury (four). He was the first Jumbo hitter to earn conference Player of the Week honors since April 2007.

In a crucial three-game series against Bowdoin with a conference tournament berth on the line, LeResche was 4 for 10 with four walks, four runs scored, three RBI and two stolen bases. In an equally important three-game set at Colby, he finished 5 for 13 with four runs scored, three RBI and no errors in 17 chances in the field. At the NESCAC Tournament this past weekend, at which Tufts played into the championship round for the third time in four seasons, LeResche was on base in every game and scored six runs.

LeResche was the only member of the Jumbos to play in all 38 games, including 37 starts.

2009 NESCAC Baseball All-Conference Teams