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For Immediate Release: November 30, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU baseball signs seven high school athletes to NLIs
Five pitchers highlight recruiting class

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball has signed seven scholastic standouts to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Set to join head coach Tim Sinicki's program for the 2009 season are: Alex Adami (Thornwood, N.Y.), Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J.), David Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), Matt Parker (Blue Point, N.Y.), Robert Rogers (Islip, N.Y.), Aaron Schuldt (Liverpool, N.Y.) and Scott Swanson (Merrick, N.Y.).

"This is an extremely talented class of student-athletes," Sinicki said. "These seven young men all have the ability to impact our program immediately. It's a real tribute to the effort put forth by the entire coaching staff over the past months and for that I am very grateful."

Pitchers
Adami posted a paltry 1.28 earned run average for Iona Prep last spring, earning all-division honors. He was a starting pitcher for a Hudson Valley team that won a silver medal at the 2007 Empire State Games. Adami was rated a 9.5 out of 10 at the Perfect Game Northeast Top Prospect Showcase.

Augliera is an all-state pitcher from Old Bridge High School (N.J.). Last spring he won five games and held down a 1.85 ERA, earning third team Group IV all-state honors, as well as all-area and all-Middlesex County accolades.

Rogers had a stellar 2007 season for state champion Islip High, going 9-2 with a 1.54 ERA and 58 strikeouts. He was named all-league, all-county, second team all-Long Island and third team all-state and also garnered the Suffolk County Gold Glove for pitchers. Rogers has already toed the rubber at BU's Varsity Field, having won Islip's state semifinal game against Ichabod Crane at the complex. Over the summer, he was the starting pitcher for the gold medal winning Long Island team at the Empire State Games.

Schuldt went 5-2 with a 1.68 ERA and 74 strikeouts for Liverpool High last spring. He repeated as an all-county and all-Central New York selection and was rated a 9 out of 10 at the 2007 Perfect Game Western New York Indoor State Showcase. Schuldt also was a starting pitcher for a Central team that captured a bronze medal at the 2007 Empire State Games.

Swanson went 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA for JFK-Bellmore High in 2007. He was named team MVP, all-league and all-county and went on to pitch for the Long Island team that captured a gold medal at the 2007 Empire State Games.

Field Players
Ciocchi, an outfielder, hit .380 and repeated as an all-section honoree for John Jay East Fishkill Highin 2007. He had 10 doubles and 20 RBI. In the summer, he batted .500 with two home runs and nine RBI, leading his Hudson Valley team to a silver medal at the Empire State Games.

Parker enjoyed an outstanding summer playing for the Long Island Ducks, hitting .450 and garnering team MVP honors. He was rated an 8 out of 10 at both the Perfect Game Atlantic Coast Top Prospect and Sunshine Northeast Showcases, and was named one of the Northeast's Top 100 playes by Perfect Game.

Sinicki, heading into his 16th season in 2008, will bring his Bearcats into their season-opening series on February 23-24 at James Madison.

2008 Early Signing Class

 Name Pos. Ht. Wt. B/T Hometown/High School
Alex Adami P 5-11 180 R Thornwood, N.Y./Iona Prep
Mike Augliera P 6-0 180 R Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge
David Ciocchi OF 5-10 190 L/R Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay East Fishkill
Matt Parker INF 6-1 185 R/R Blue Point, N.Y./St. Anthony's
Robert Rogers P 6-1 185 R Islip, N.Y./Islip
Aaron Schuldt P 6-0 165 R Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool
Scott Swanson P 6-2 185 R Merrick, N.Y./JFK-Bellmore

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