For Immediate Release: June 16, 2009
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BU's Smith, Taylor named to ABCA All-Northeast Region Baseball team

Smith one of three pitchers on first team; Taylor picked for second team

ABCA Northeast Region Teams

VESTAL, N.Y. -- After the team's record-breaking season, BU baseball players Murphy Smith and Corey Taylor have been selected to the ABCA All-Northeast Region teams. Smith earned first-team honors and Taylor was slotted on the second team.

Smith, who was drafted in the 13th round by the Oakland Athletics and is awaiting assignment, was one of three pitchers on the first team. He was the America East Pitcher of the Year in 2009 after leading the league in wins (7), strikeouts (84) and ERA (3.12). He went 7-3 and had 84 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 89.1 innings. His strikeout total was the second-most in program history and he tied the season high for wins. Smith ranked 27th in the country in fewest walks allowed per game (1.41) and was 59th in ERA. In three collegiate seasons, Smith has 13 wins and a 3.89 career ERA in 44 appearances. He also was named ECAC Pitcher of the Year.

Taylor was one of three outfielders chosen to the second team. He hit .340 with a school-record 56 RBI and a record-tying 16 home runs. A first-team America East all-star, Taylor also earned all-tournament honors at the NCAA Regional after hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a home run and five RBI. His two-run blast against George Mason was pivotal in BU's first-ever NCAA victory. His RBI against East Carolina in the elimination game gave him 56 on the season, breaking the school record for RBIs in a season. During the season, Taylor produced at least one RBI in 11 consecutive games - also a school record. He received strong consideration for conference player of the year honors and led the America East in home runs and was second in RBI.

Smith joins former Bearcats Matt Simek (2007) and Jay Balback (2004) as BU's first team Division I all-region honorees. Mathieu Bergeron also made the second team in 2005.

The Bearcats (30-22) completed an historic season in 2009, winning their first-ever conference title and advancing to the NCAA Championship, where BU won a game to place third at the Greenville Regional. The Bearcats captured the program's third straight America East regular season title and increased their win total for the sixth consecutive season, the longest such streak in the country.

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