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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Groh leads half-dozen Bearcats on America East all-conference team

Four players make baseball first team; Bregartner named Rookie of Year

All-Conference Teams

VESTAL, N.Y.– Senior ace Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) led a contingent of six BU baseball players honored by the America East at the annual awards banquet, held Wednesday night on Long Island. The regular-season champion Bearcats put a conference-high four players on the first team, and seized one of the big individual awards for the fourth straight year.

Joining Groh on the first team were junior reliever Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.), senior second baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) and junior shortstop Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.). Junior first baseman Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.) was named to the second team and freshman right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y.) was chosen as Rookie of the Year.

Sixteenth-year head coach Tim Sinicki, whose squad repeated as regular season champions, received strong consideration for Coach of the Year, but gave way to first-time winner John Jancuska of UMBC. Sinicki, who had won the award in two of the last three years, completed an improbable return to the top of the standings in 2008. Coming off his 2007 title and runnerup postseason finish, Sinicki had to replace 75% of his starting lineup, including his top three hitters, and half of his starting pitching rotation. With four freshmen and six newcomers in the '08 lineup, the Bearcats won 15 of their last 19 conference games to earn the title.

Groh, who will take the hill in Thursday's opening game against Vermont, capped his brilliant career with his third straight first team selection. He is 5-3 with a 3.46 earned run average this season, and is unbeaten against America East foes. The 2006 conference pitcher of the year ranks second in the league in ERA and third in strikeouts (7.96/game).

Lane was voted the top reliever by the conference coaches. He has saved a school-record 10 games this season, and has a team-best 2.15 ERA.

James, BU's gritty captain and four-year letterwinner, earned his first all-conference honor after an outstanding all-around season. He is hitting .308 with a school-record 53 runs scored, and has 26 RBI and a conference-best 20 stolen bases (20-of-21). In addition to his playing honor, James earned recognition on the America East Baseball All-Academic Team, along with sophomore left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.).

Klee, an all-rookie selection in 2006, is hitting .302 with 41 RBI out of the clean-up spot. He drove in 23 runs in 23 conference games, which ranked sixth in the league.

In his first year with Binghamton, junior college transfer Holley was the second team choice at first base. An exceptional fielder and power hitter, Holley has 36 RBI and a team-high 30 walks this spring. He has committed just one error in 481 chances.

Bregartner led a quartet of BU freshmen that stepped into starting roles and quickly contributed. He hit .386 in league play, leads BU in hits (63) and has started all 52 games. He led the America East in sacrifices (13) and ranked eighth in hits. Earlier in the season, he strung together a 14-game hit streak, tied for longest in BU's Division I era.

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