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For Immediate Release: May 20, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU baseball grabs three of four major awards from America East
Smith is Pitcher of Year, Ciocchi top rookie, Sinicki Coach of Year

America East Release

VESTAL, N.Y. -- After capturing the program's third consecutive regular season title and earning top seed for the upcoming conference tournament, Binghamton baseball is well represented on the America East all-conference teams, which were released by the conference Wednesday afternoon.

Junior ace Murphy Smith was selected as Pitcher of the Year, freshman first baseman Dave Ciocchi was named Rookie of the Year and head coach Tim Sinicki earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding his Bearcats to a 13-7 league mark. In addition, five players garnered all-conference honors and two were named to the All-Rookie team.

Smith led the America East in wins (7), strikeouts (74) and ERA (2.39), becoming the second BU pitcher in the last four years to win the top honor (Zach Groh in 2006). In conference play, Smith tallied 44 strikeouts with just eight walks and twice was named the America East Pitcher of the Week. Smith will take the hill when the Bearcats open the America East Championship Thursday night against Vermont.

Smith was joined on the all-conference first team by senior third baseman Kyle Klee and sophomore right fielder Corey Taylor. Klee is a repeat first team selection after hitting .335 with 30 RBI. He added five home runs and 13 extra-base hits. Klee ranks third in career runs (114) and fifth in RBI (111) at Binghamton.

Taylor was in the running for Player of the Year honors after an outstanding season. In addition to playing exceptional defense at all three outfield positions, he hit .341 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI. He ranks first in the conference in home runs and third in RBI and earlier in the spring, established a school record by producing RBIs in 11 consecutive games.

Ciocchi was named to the second team - the lone freshman position player named all-conference. Recruited as an outfielder but moved to first after a winter vacancy, Ciocchi was particularly effective in conference play, hitting .455 with 27 RBI in 20 games. His .375 overall average ranks fifth in the league and he added a team-high 11 doubles and 31 RBI in 35 starts. He is the third BU player to receive Rookie of the Year accolades in the last five years (Scott Diamond, '05, Peter Bregartner, '08).

Senior closer Greg Lane joined Ciocchi on the second team. Lane, a first-team selection last spring, is 4-2 with six saves and owns a 4.50 ERA.

Joining Ciocchi on the all-rookie team was freshman pitcher Mike Augliera, who posted a 4-3 record with a 5.87 ERA. In conference games, BU's #4 starter won twice and had 17 strikeouts against just three walks.

Sinicki was chosen by his peers as Coach of the Year for the third time in the last five years (2005, '07, '09). The 17th-year skipper has led BU to the highest win percentage in conference play over the last six years. In that span, BU has dominated the conference awards with two players of the year, two pitchers of the year, three rookies of the year and 28 all-conference selections.

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