Roeder & Rafferty Earn NESCAC Honors

May 18, 2011

Middlebury College baseball players Zach Roeder (Keene, N.H.) and Tom Rafferty (Chicago, Ill.) have both earned All-NESCAC honors. The duo helped lead the Panthers to their second NESCAC Tournament appearance this spring, finishing with a record of 15-16. Roeder was also honored by the NEIBA, earning second-team All-New England honors.

Roeder earns first-team honors as the Panthers’ starting catcher. He started all 31 games this season, 30 of them behind the plate. He led the NESCAC in hitting with a .431 average, more than 20 points more than anyone else in the league. Roeder led the team and was second in the league in on-base percentage (.492) and slugging percentage (.596) this spring, pacing the Panthers with 30 RBI. He finished the year with seven doubles and a team-high three homers, scoring 22 runs. Roeder hit in 29 of 31 games this season, with hitting streaks of 8, 13 and 8 games.

On April 25th, Roeder was named the NESCAC Player of the Week after extending his hitting streak to 12 games during a 4-0 week for the Panthers. He hit an impressive .714 (10-for-14) at the plate with an on-base percentage of .722.

Rafferty earned second-team All-NESCAC honors, finishing the season second on the team with a .342 average. The Middlebury third baseman opened the season with a 12-game hitting streak, hitting .459 on the trip to Arizona. He started 30 of 31 games this year, hitting seven doubles and adding 18 RBI. Rafferty enjoyed nine multiple-hit games with a pair of doubles in a 4/2/11 win over Williams.