Immediate Release: February 23, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton University baseball team has been picked to finish sixth out of eight teams in the 2005 Preseason Coaches' Poll, the conference announced today.
The Bearcats, who finished sixth last season with a 9-11 league record, return two all-conference players in senior first baseman Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) and sophomore left fielder Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.). Thirteenth-year head coach Tim Sinicki returns five starting position players and two starting pitchers from a team that went 22-21 and enjoyed the third-best one-year margin of improvement in the entire country.
Reigning conference champion Stony Brook received six of the eight first-place votes and was chosen to successfully defend its title. Four-time league winner Maine was picked second, followed by 2003 champ Northeastern, Albany and 2005 tournament host Vermont. The conference schedule is a 21-game slate (three-game series against the seven AE opponents) that culminates with the four-team 2005 America East Championship, May 26-28 at Vermonts Centennial Field.
The America East will once again be strong from top to bottom, Sinicki said. There is no time to catch your breath and relax once conference play begins April. Any of the eight teams is capable of qualifying for the conference tournament and from there, anything is possible.
Bearcats will open league play with a three-game set against
visiting Vermont on April 9-10. By then, Binghamton (0-3) could
be 25 games into its 2005 schedule, which continues with single
games against Norfolk State and Iona on March 5 in Virginia.
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