Teams: Baseball: Press
Monday, April 13, 2009
LERESCHE EARNS 2009 BASEBALL TEAM'S FIRST PLAYER
OF THE WEEK HONOR
-- Sophomore shortstop David Leresche (St. Louis, MO) has
been the Tufts University baseball team's most consistent hitter all
season, and he enjoyed his best week so far in five games last week.
After hitting .643 with a .762 on-base percentage, Leresche has been
named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player
of the Week.
Leresche was a key contributor in all five games, in which four were
won by the Jumbos. In a 4-1 victory at Brandeis University to start
the week on Tuesday, he was 2 for 3 with a walk, a sacrifice bunt, a
run scored and a stolen base. He also handled eight chances in the
In a double-header at home against Middlebury on Friday, Leresche
was a constant thorn in Panther pitchers' sides. He reached base
eight times in nine appearances on the day, driving in five runs and
scoring twice on four hits, one walk and three hit-by-pitches,
stealing three bases in the process. The Jumbos won the games 6-4
and 9-4. He was the Tufts leader in their lone loss of the week in
game one of a pair at Middlebury on Saturday. He had three hits in
four at-bats, including two doubles, with four RBI, three runs
scored and a stolen base. Leresche was relatively quiet in game two,
still reaching base twice on a walk and a hit-by-pitch and scoring a
All of that offense totaled up to nine hits in 14 at-bats with seven
runs scored and nine RBI. He walked three times, was hit by pitches
four times, slugged .786 and stole five bases. He fielded 24 of 26
chances in the field.
One of two Jumbos to appear in all 23 games (including 22 starts),
Leresche leads Tufts in batting average (.375), slugging (.569),
on-base percentage (.511), hits (27), RBI (20), doubles (8), total
bases (41), hit by pitches (12) and stolen bases (6).
Leresche is the first Jumbo hitter to earn conference Player of the
Week honors since April 2007.