Cook Named NESCAC Pitcher of the Week

Contact: Matthew Hart

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College ace and co-captain Bob Cook ’13 was named NESCAC Pitcher of the Week on Monday after taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning of the Lord Jeffs’ 11-0 triumph over Middlebury College in the opener of a three-game series sweep Friday afternoon.

A native of Winnetka, Ill., Cook continued his dominant start to the year with Friday’s gem as he ran his season-opening streak of innings without an earned run to 24.2. Against the Panthers on Friday, Cook twirled 8.1 scoreless frames, striking out a season-best nine while walking only one. With one out in the ninth, Middlebury first-year Steven Bodine drove a clean pinch-hit single up the middle to spoil the no-hit bid, but Eric Kotin ’14 came on for Amherst to record the final two outs, completing the shutout and preserving the win for Cook (2-1).

After limiting the Panthers to just two baserunners over the opening six innings on a walk and an error, the 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year need his best stuff to keep the visitors off the board in the seventh. Middlebury’s Michael Morris reached on an error to start the frame before stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch, but Cook bore down and struck out the side to escape the jam before working a one-two-three eighth.

Among NESCAC pitchers with at least 0.8 innings per team game, Cook remains the only hurler with a 0.00 earned run average as he has posted 16 strikeouts and only three walks on the year for a WHIP of 0.77 over four appearances (three starts). With fellow righty Dylan Driscoll ’14 also beginning the year in dominant form (4-0, 1.01 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 11 strikeouts and no walks in 26.2 IP), the Amherst staff leads the conference with a combined ERA of 3.16.

The Jeffs hit the road for a non-conference tilt at Castleton State on Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m.