MEDFORD - With Tufts' baseball season on the line, junior pitcher Brendan McFall delivered a star performance on Sunday which has earned him NESCAC Pitcher of the Week honors.
The three-game weekend series between NESCAC East rivals Tufts and Trinity came down to the second game of Sunday's double-header to determine who would win the East. That team would also get to host the conference championship May 8-9. The losing team would not participate in the NESCAC post-season. McFall pitched a two-hit shutout for the Jumbos in a 1-0 victory that gave Tufts the East pennant.
In his nine-inning complete game, McFall struck out nine and did not walk a batter. Only four Bantams reached base, on the two hits, a hit-by-pitch and a Tufts error. None of them advanced to second base though. McFall threw 71 of his 110 pitches for strikes and got 10 outs in the air and seven on the ground.
McFall wins the conference pitching honor for the second time this season, including on April 19. Tufts players and pitchers have been recognized by the conference in all four weeks that they've played this season. Miles Reid last week and Nate Bozzella on April 19 were Players of the Week. Michael Volgende was named Pitcher of the Week on April 12, as Tufts hurlers have been awarded three times in all.
McFall is the only qualified pitcher (one inning per team game played) in NESCAC who has not allowed an earned run yet. He's 2-0 on the mound with the 0.00 era in 16 innings. He's allowed just five hits, has struck out 12 and has not walked a batter.