For Immediate Release: February 16, 2006
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BU baseball picked fourth in America East Preseason Coaches' Poll
Bearcats return six starters, bulk of pitching staff; will open season on March 4

2006 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton baseball has been picked to finish fourth in the 2006 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll, the conference announced Thursday. Defending league champion Maine was the overwhelming choice to win the 2006 title. The Black Bears received six of the seven first-place votes and earned 47 points. Stony Brook was picked second with 38 points, followed by Vermont (35), Binghamton (29), Albany (24), UMBC (16) and Hartford (9) in the seven-team league.

Binghamton, which finished fourth last season after being picked sixth, returns six starting position players and the majority of its pitching staff for reigning America East Coach of the Year Tim Sinicki. The 2005 squad went 12-8 in America East play and 23-26-1 overall.

Junior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.), who led the league in batting last season (.399), returns to anchor the offense. Hitchcock was a first team all-conference selection in 2005. Sophomore lefty Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario), the America East Rookie of the Year, is back to lead a deep and talented pitching staff.

The top four teams in the conference will advance to the America East Championship, held at the highest seed that has a field with lights, on May 25-27, with the winner of the tournament receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

The Bearcats open their 2006 season at Delaware State on March 4. After a four-game set with the Hornets, BU will travel to Fresno, Calif., to participate in the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Tournament from March 13-18.


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