For Immediate Release: December 1, 2005
Contact: John Hartrick (
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU baseball lands six scholastic players in early signing period
Bearcats gain three infielders, two pitchers and one outfielder for 2007

VESTAL, N.Y. - Reigning America East Coach of the Year Tim Sinicki has announced that six high school seniors have signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for Binghamton beginning in 2007.

"Quality ... that's what this early class is all about," Sinicki said. "Quality students, quality athletes and quality people. I am absolutely thrilled that these six young men have decided to become members of our baseball program. Each of them exemplifies exactly what we are looking for in terms of academic and athletic excellence. A tremendous amount of credit goes to Ryan (first year assistant coach Hurba), who joined the staff in mid-August and didn't rest until the last "I" was dotted and "T" was crossed."

Here is a capsule look at Binghamton's early signees:

Val Arduini: Switch-hitting middle infielder who hit .438 last spring for Westfield High in Clifton, Va.... earned all-region honors in Northern Virginia and all-district (Concorde) honors as well... had on-base percentage of .597 with 23 RBI, 14 stolen bases and a .977 fielding percentage... hit .513 with 29 RBI for Virginia Barnstormers in summer ball... high school teammate of Baltimore Orioles' 2005 first-round draft pick (13th overall) shortstop Brandon Snyder.

Matt Simone: Right-handed pitcher and second baseman who plays for Niskayuna High School in Schenectady... held 3.40 earned run average with 43 strikeouts and 25 hits allowed in 36.2 innings last spring... was Suburban Council first team all-star... two-time Empire State Games starting pitcher/second baseman for Adirondack region... member of 2005 National Honor Society and National Honor Roll.

Jeff Abrams: Upstate New York shortstop from Greece Athena High in Rochester... batted .438 last spring... named first team all-county... team MVP... was starting shortstop for Western region Empire State Games team... played for Ferris Goodrich American Legion team.

Murphy Smith: Six-foot-2 right-handed pitcher from Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park... went 6-0 with a 1.30 earned run average last spring... allowed 33 hits in 44.1 innings... named most outstanding pitcher and team MVP... honorable mention all-Suburban Council... starting pitcher for Adirondack region Empire State Games team... played last summer for Clifton Park Yankees.

Henry Dunn: Highly-touted outfielder from South Side High School in Rockville Centre... 2005 PUMA/Baseball Factory preseason All-American... batted .545 with 13 stolen bases last spring... batting average was fifth highest in Nassau County... also collected two home runs and five doubles... named all-Nassau County and team MVP... played summer ball for Long Island Tigers.

Joe Charron: Infielder and pitcher for LaSalle Institute in Schaghticoke... third team all-state AA selection... hit .365 with 27 RBI last spring... added 10 stolen bases, sevn doubles and five triples... went 8-2 with 3.07 earned run average on mound... struck out 67 hitters in 59.1 innings... firt team Troy Record and Times Union all-star... led team to sectional and regional titles and into state semifinals.

2006 Binghamton Early Signing Class

 Name Pos. Ht. Wt. B-T Hometown/High School
Jeff Abrams INF 5-11 175 R-R Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena
Val Arduini INF 5-10 175 S-R Clifton, Va./Westfield
Joe Charron INF/P 5-7 155 R-R Schaghticoke, N.Y./LaSalle Institute
Henry Dunn OF 5-7 155 R-R Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side
Matt Simone P/INF 5-10 195 R-R Schenectady, N.Y./Niskayuna
Murphy Smith P 6-2 160 R-R Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa


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