Immediate Release: July 25, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Four Binghamton University baseball players have earned all-star honors in their respective summer leagues. Gaining recent accolades were second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.), outfielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.), catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) and shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.). All four players will be juniors for BU's 2006 collegiate season.
Simek, who plays for the Geneva Red Wings of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, leads his team in hitting (.342) and stolen bases (11) in 20 games. He was a second team All-America East selection this past spring.
Monaco plays for Davidson (N.C.) and Haughie and Smucker suit up for Rock Hill (S.C.) in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. Monaco has 17 RBI and a team-best seven extra-base hits, and punctuated his all-star selection with a double and two RBI as his North squad defeated Haughie's and Smucker's South team, 9-5.
Haughie is hitting .294 and has 11 RBI. Smucker owns a .371 on-base percentage and leads the team in sacrifices. Their Rock Hill team is currently in first place.
All four athletes played key roles in Binghamton's 23-win season in 2005. Head coach Tim Sinicki's Bearcats advanced to the America East Championship tournament for the first time and the team's 23 wins were the most in its four-year Division I tenure.
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