MATT RUFRANO '73
Induction Class of 2001
A native of Uniondale, N.Y., Matt Rufrano played baseball at Binghamton from 1969-73. He earned his bachelor's degree in history in 1973, and received his master's degree in arts and teaching from Binghamton in 1974.
A pitching standout who attracted attention from several Major League Baseball teams, Rufrano led Binghamton to four consecutive winning seasons, serving all four years as captain.
As a senior, he produced a truly dominating season, accounting for six of the team's 10 spring victories. Including the fall season, Rufrano went 9-3 with a 1.54 earned run average and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 111-27. He struck out 10 or more batters six times, including a 14-strikeout, five-hit shutout in his final collegiate start.
Earlier that year, Rufrano became the first pitcher to fire a no-hitter when he shut down Eisenhower with a seven-inning, 14-strikeout performance. He retired the first 20 batters and faced just one more than the minimum.
As a junior, Rufrano was half of a combined Harpur no-hitter, pitching four perfect innings. That string was extended to 10 innings in his next start.
Offensively, Rufrano batted .357 to lead the team as a freshman, and came back to hit .361 in his senior season. In four spring seasons he went 17-8 with a stellar 2.69 earned run average. His career strikeout total of 219 ranks among the highest in program history.
Rufrano was honored with the Binghamton Foundation Award for outstanding career performance in 1973, and also was selected as the school's ECAC Merit Medal recipient. His final award was the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1973.
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