Release: June 8, 2009
Vestal, N.Y. -- America East champion Binghamton baseball enjoyed its share of success off the field as well this spring as three Bearcats were among the 11 honored by the conference on its Baseball All-Academic Team. Senior designated hitter Ken Jacobi, junior pitcher Murphy Smith and junior shortstop Jeff Abrams were selected by a committee of sports information directors, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member schools.
Jacobi, a four-year letterwinner, carried a 3.78 cumulative grade-point average in management. Smith, the 2009 America East Pitcher of the Year, holds a 3.52 GPA in accounting and starting middle infielder Abrams has a 3.35 GPA in financial economics.
"These three young men are outstanding examples of what the phrase 'student-athlete' is all about," head coach Tim Sinicki said. "I am equally as proud of their accomplishments in the classroom as I am of their on-the-field success."
The baseball team has maintained a 3.0 or higher team GPA for 17 of the last 20 semesters.
Binghamton and Stony Brook each had an America East-best three representatives on the academic team. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve and must maintain a 3.3 or higher grade-point average. Freshman and first-year transfers are not eligible for the award, which blends academic and athletic achievement.
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