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For Immediate Release: June 24, 2002 |
Contact: John Hartrick
Former baseball player Eagan signs pro contract
Former Binghamton University baseball pitcher David Eagan (Conklin, N.Y.), a three-year standout who graduated from the University this spring, has signed a professional contract with the Allentown Ambassadors of the independent Northern League. He becomes the ninth BU player to sign a pro contract — and third in the last two years.
At Allentown, Eagan will join former teammate and standout third baseman Tim Macko (Liverpool, N.Y.), who also recently signed with the club. For Macko, it’s a second chance in the Northern League. Earlier in the year, he was signed by the Elmira Pioneers before being released in May. Another former teammate, Jeff Montani, who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2001, is currently pitching for Bluefield of the Appalachian League.
“It’s a great opportunity for Dave to prove to himself — and others who passed on him in the draft — that he can pitch at the professional level,” said BU head coach Tim Sinicki. “Dave has the ability to be successful as a professional with his outstanding command of three pitches.”
Eagan pitched three seasons at Binghamton after transferring from Broome Community College. This past spring the 6-foot-4 left-hander went 5-8 with a 3.69 earned run average in 14 starts. Against America East Conference opponents, Eagan posted a 2.82 ERA with three complete games in six starts, and didn’t allow a home run in 38.1 innings. In his junior season in 2000, Eagan went 7-3 with a 3.80 ERA, earning second team all-conference honors.
Eagan reported to the team over the weekend and has not pitched yet.
In three seasons for BU after transferring from Onondaga CC, Macko racked up 151 hits and 116 RBI and held a .342 career batting average. He holds eight school records including single-season marks for hits (59), runs (46), RBI (44), doubles (38) and home runs (10), and career records for hits (112) and home runs (21).
In his senior season in 2001, Macko led the Bearcats in nearly all offensive categories, helping Binghamton earn runner-up honors in the Division I New York State Baseball Conference. He was named first-team all-conference and hit safely in 19 of his final 22 collegiate games.
In his professional debut for the Ambassadors on June 21, Macko started at third base and went 2-for-4 against the New Jersey Jackals.
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