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Monday, May 10, 2010



MEDFORD -- Among the many contributors to the Tufts University baseball team's 2010 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship, senior 1B/OF Nate Bankoff (Lynnfield, MA) and sophomore closer Chris DeGoti (Miami, FL) have been chosen to represent the Jumbos as this week's Player and Pitcher of the Week in the conference.

The Jumbos swept through the NESCAC Championship, defeating Wesleyan 5-4 in the first round Friday, outlasting Williams 14-12 in the winner's bracket, and then defeating Bowdoin 6-1 in the final on Sunday. Bankoff and DeGoti played key roles in each victory.

Against Wesleyan, Bankoff played first base went 2 for 4 with three RBI and a run scored. He knocked in the first run of the game with a double to left, and later added a two-run double to the gap in right-center and scored to give the Jumbos a 4-1 lead. DeGoti got four outs at the end of the game for a save, including three by strikeout.

Starting in left field against the Ephs, Bankoff drove home three runs again. He hit a run-scoring single in the fourth, and then brought home two runs with a base hit in the sixth. He finished 2 for 6 and also scored twice. DeGoti entered the game with Tufts leading 13-8, but with the bases loaded. He went on to record seven outs, four by strikeout to earn his second save of the tournament.

In the final against Bowdoin, Bankoff scored the first run in the sixth after walking to lead off the inning and then walked again and scored in the seventh. DeGoti got the last three outs, giving Tufts its first NESCAC title since the 2002 season.

For the three games, Bankoff drove in six runs and scored five. DeGoti worked all three games and a total of 4.2 innings.

Tufts has received five NESCAC weekly honors for the 2010 season. DeGoti is the third pitcher to be recognized, and Bankoff is the second player.

Coach John Casey's Jumbos will play in the NCAA Division III New England Regional at Eastern Connecticut State University beginning on May 19.