MARY STRONG '90 |
Induction Class of 2002
A native of Farmingville, N.Y., Mary Strong played softball and basketball at Binghamton between 1987-90. She earned her bachelor's degree in English and history in 1990, and received her master's degree in teaching from Stony Brook University in 1993.
Strong played first base and earned recognition for both her hitting and fielding while starting every softball game during her four-year career.
As a freshman, she hit .333 and had an on-base percentage of .481, leading the team to only its second winning season in nine years. In the post-season, Strong earned all-tournament honors as Binghamton advanced to the title game of the New York State Championship.
One year later, Strong's .361 mark carried the Colonials to a school-record 14 wins, a SUNYAC divisional title, and repeat runner-up honors at the state championship.
Her junior season was limited to just 16 games because of a measles epidemic on campus, but Strong batted .333 and was named All-SUNYAC.
In 1990, she finished her collegiate career with a stellar season, leading the team to a 22-12 record and runner-up honors at the ECAC Championship.
Strong batted .415 with 33 RBI in 34 games. She was equally brilliant in the field, committing just one error in 283 chances for a fielding percentage of .996.
She was named the University's "Athlete of the Year" in 1990, and graduated as the program's career-leader in hits (113) and batting average (.373), and still ranks among the top-10 in 11 offensive categories.
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