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BU baseball lands seven on America East all-conference teams

Bregartner, Augliera, Ciocchi and Juliano selected to first team

May 24, 2011

BU baseball lands seven on America East all-conference teams

America East release

VESTAL, N.Y.—On the eve of the conference tournament, seven Binghamton baseball players have earned all-conference honors from the America East, the league announced Tuesday. In addition, two freshmen earned all-rookie laurels. The nine selected players equals BU’s program-best total from last year.

Earning first team honors are senior right fielder Peter Bregartner, junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi, junior starting pitcher Mike Augliera and senior reliever Zach Juliano.

Named to the second team were senior left fielder Corey Taylor, senior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski and sophomore starting pitcher Jay Lynch.

In addition, freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz and freshman shortstop John Howell were selected to the All-Rookie Team.

“I am very proud of all seven guys who earned spots on the all-conference teams this spring,” head coach Tim Sinicki said. “Each one of them is deserving of the honor and it’s a direct reflection on their commitment to working hard to get the most out of their abilities.”

Bregartner enjoyed the finest season of his collegiate career, many times carrying the Bearcats with his bat in the middle of the lineup. He led the America East in hitting (.405) and RBI (22 in 23 games) in league play and was a finalist for Player of the Year honors. Bregartner leads the team with 17 doubles and 36 RBI and has 18 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games. It was his first all-conference honors after being the America East Rookie of the Year in 2008.

Ciocchi is a three-time all-star and repeat first team selection, deemed the top first baseman in the entire conference for the second straight year. He is hitting .347 with 30 RBI and is currently in the midst of a team-best 14-game hit streak. Ciocchi he made just five errors in 373 chances.

“It’s no secret and the conference coaches certainly recognized that both Pete and Dave have been our most dynamic offensive players throughout this spring,” Sinicki said.

Augliera was dominant in conference play, holding down a 1.41 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 51.0 innings. His highlight performance was a record-setting 15-strikeout performance against UMBC on May 7. Augliera ranked second in the conference in both ERA and strikeouts (league games) and won a team-high six games during the regular season. He was a second team all-conference selection last season and all-rookie in 2009.

“Mike has been as good as any pitcher in the conference this spring,” Sinicki said. “His continued growth and development has made him one of the elite pitchers in the Northeast.”

Juliano was the top reliever chosen by the conference head coaches. In his second season after transferring to Binghamton, Juliano has a team-high four saves, two wins and a 4.00 ERA. He has 31 strikeouts in 18 appearances spanning 27 innings.

“Zach has been terrific as our closer, a role he earned early in the season and one that he truly embraces,” Sinicki said. “He is as fierce of a competitor that I’ve seen in the league.”

Taylor earned his third all-conference selection with second-team laurels in 2011. The 2010 Player of the Year battled back from a slow start to hit .320 with four home runs and 26 RBI. He graduates as the program’s all-time leader in home runs (38), runs (165) and RBI (168).

Lukaszewski was selected for the first time in his four-year career after another strong campaign as captain. He is hitting .281 and has thrown out 17 baserunners this season in addition to his handling of BU’s pitching staff.

Lynch earned his first all-conference selection after being on the all-rookie team last year. He went 4-1 with a 3.19 ERA against America East foes, striking out 34 and walking just four in 48 conference innings.

Bereszniewicz and Howell were key contributors as freshmen starters and were both unanimous selections to the All-Rookie Team. Bereszniewicz leads the team with a .354 average and has struck out just eight times in 127 at-bats. He has made just one error in center field and drove in 14 runs in 22 league games.

Howell was thrust into the starting role at shortstop and responded with a solid first season. He hit .306 in league play and is third on the team with 10 doubles.

The Bearcats (21-26) placed third in the regular season with a 13-10 league record and will carry the No. 3 seed into the championship. Binghamton will face No. 2 Maine in the tournament’s first game at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Stony Brook’s Joe Nathan Stadium. It will be the fifth game between the two teams in the last six days.

The top-seeded and host Seawolves, who snapped BU’s string of four straight regular season titles, will meet No. 4 Albany in the 3 p.m. game on Wednesday. The double-elimination tournament continues with two games on Thursday and Friday and one on Saturday (if necessary).

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