Immediate Release: June 15, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Two members of the Binghamton baseball team have earned academic honors from the America East, the conference announced today. Senior second baseman Jim Calderone and junior designated hitter Jeff Skelhorne-Gross were among the nine players chosen for the All-Academic Team. Eligible players combined excellence on the field with a 3.30 or higher grade-point average.
Calderone was one of two first-team all-conference selections who also earned the academic distinction. The human development major (3.41 GPA) led the Bearcats with a .373 average, school-record 75 hits and 25 multi-hit games. He had a .453 on-base percentage and only committed five errors in 228 chances at second base. Calderone was the MVP of the 2009 America East Championship after steering the Bearcats to their historic title and subsequent NCAA appearance.
Skelhorne-Gross was a clutch hitter and versatile player who played first base, left field, right field and designated hitter. He hit .321 in conference play and bumped that number up to .385 with the bases loaded. Skelhorne-Gross drove in five runs in the team's final six games. He is an English major with a 3.30 GPA.
The Bearcats have had 13 All-Academic selections since the sport-by-sport award was instituted in 2006.
Binghamton, winners of four straight America East regular season titles, won a school-record 31 games in 2010. Head coach Tim Sinicki's squad was ranked No. 6 out of 68 teams in the final Northeast Regional poll by Ping!Baseball.com. The program has increased its win total in an NCAA-record seven straight seasons.
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