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Thursday, May 14, 2009


Chris DeGoti

David LeResche

MEDFORD -- Sophomore shortstop David LeResche (St. Louis, MO/John Burroughs) and freshman pitcher Chris DeGoti (Miami, FL/Belen Jesuit Prep), two of the young leaders of the 2009 Tufts University baseball team, were recognized today as two of the top players in the region. Both are on the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association's All-New England Third Team.

Tufts improved greatly through the course of the season, completing the New England portion of their schedule with a 17-10 record. The Jumbos qualified for the conference tournament and reached the finals. The every-game performance of LeResche and the pitching of DeGoti were key factors in the team's success.

LeResche led the Jumbos with 18 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI games. He was especially hot down the stretch, finishing the season with a 15-game hitting streak. He found a home in the third spot of the batting order and led the Jumbos in most offensive categories, including with a .376 batting average and 33 RBI. He also posted a solid .943 fielding percentage.

DeGoti emerged as the team's best pitcher out of the bullpen, finishing with a 4-0 record and led the league with five saves in 18 appearances (three starts). He recorded a team-low 3.43 earned run average and struck out 33 in 39.1 innings. During one stretch of nine relief appearances from April 10 through May 3, he recorded four saves and a 1.93 earned run average.

Tufts was 19-19 overall this spring, 7-5 in the NESCAC East Division and 8-3 against their non-divisional opponents in New England.

NEIBA All-New England Baseball Teams