HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates junior Tom Baroni was named NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week on Monday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference, following his gem of a victory over Tufts on Friday, March 29.
Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) threw a five-hit, nine-inning shutout in Bates' 3-0 win at Tufts on Friday. Making his first appearance in 33 days, Baroni more than doubled his innings pitched this season in going the full nine innings for the first time in his career. With characteristic pinpoint control, the lefthander issued no walks and allowed only five hits, including four singles, while striking out four. The Jumbos reached third base once in the game.
Baroni's performance ignited Bates (7-5, 2-1 NESCAC East) to win two out of three in its crucial first NESCAC East Division series of the season against the Jumbos. The win snapped Bates' seven-game losing streak against Tufts, which began in 2010, and it was the Bobcats' first series win over the Jumbos since 2004.
Baroni is the first Bates player to ever win NESCAC Pitcher of the Week honor, since it was introduced in the 2007 season. He is only the third Bobcat baseball player ever to win a NESCAC player of the week honor since the those awards began in 2001, and the first since Gordy Webb '11 was named NESCAC Player of the Week on April 26, 2010.