April 18, 2011

Bertocci Named NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week

Babson Park, Mass. - Clark University senior pitcher Phillip Bertocci (Thomason, Maine) has been named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball pitcher of the week the league office has announced. He was also named ECAC New England Co-Pitcher of the Week as well.

Bertocci earns the honor after tossing a one-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over MIT on Saturday that denied the Engineers a chance at winning the conference title.

After giving up a single to lead off the third inning, he retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced – and the lone baserunner, who reached via a hit by pitch, was erased trying to steal second base.

Bertocci only needed 75 pitches to outduel MIT's Aric Dama, who entered the game with a league-high four wins and the conference's second best ERA (0.81).

After going the first three seasons of his career without a win, Bertocci has emerged in his senior season. He is 3-1 with a team-best 1.78 ERA to go along with two complete games.

Clark has two games left on its 2011 schedule. They will travel to Wesleyan on Tuesday before wrapping up the campaign with a home tilt against Bridgewater State on Wednesday.