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For Immediate Release: May 25, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

High-flying BU baseball garners top awards from America East
Sinicki is Coach of Year, Taylor is Player of Year, Giulietti co-Pitcher of Year

America East release

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Four-time reigning regular-season champion Binghamton earned multiple individual honors as the America East released its all-conference and top award winners Tuesday afternoon. The conference release comes as the red-hot Bearcats prepare to defend their postseason title as top seed and host of the four-team championship, which begins Wednesday morning at Varsity Field.

Binghamton (30-18) corraled a program-best eight all-conference selections, two all-rookies and three of the four major award winners. Head coach Tim Sinicki was selected Coach of the Year by his peers for the fourth time in six years. Junior outfielder Corey Taylor was named Player of the Year and junior ace James Giulietti was voted co-Pitcher of the Year with Stony Brook's Nick Tropeano.

Earning first team all-conference laurels were Taylor, Giulietti, senior second baseman Jim Calderone (.374, 70 hits), junior center fielder Henry Dunn (.344, 51 RBI) and sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi (.377, 55 RBI). Named to the second team were senior designated hitter Joe Charron (.323, record 18-game hit streak), sophomore pitcher Mike Augliera (5-2, 52 Ks) and freshman third baseman Mike Thompson (.392). Thompson and freshman pitcher Jay Lynch (5-4) made the All-Rookie team.

Sinicki produced another masterful season for the Bearcats, who have won 19 of their last 20 games to tie the school record for wins in a season (30) set by the 2009 team. Binghamton also is sporting a 14-game win streak, the longest current streak of any Division I team in the country. Sinicki's team, picked to finish third by conference coaches in the Preseason Poll, instead rattled off 18 consecutive wins against AE foes to finish with the third-best win percentage (21-3, .875) in America East history and best percentage in the last 12 years.

Taylor, a two-time all-conference selection, continued to put up huge numbers at the plate and showed his multi-dimensional skills with outstanding play in the outfield and on the base paths (18 steals). He leads the America East in home runs (14), RBI (65) and slugging percentage (.682) and is sixth in hitting with a .363 average. Already the program leader in career home runs (34), Taylor is closing in on the all-time RBI record as well, needing four to tie former standout and fellow America East Player of the Year Brendon Hitchcock (2004-07). Taylor has the top two season RBI totals in program history, including this year's total, which ranks eighth in the entire country (1.44/game).

Giulietti, a first-time all-star, produced a dominating season, particularly against conference opponents. He went 6-0 with a 1.49 ERA in league play, amassing 41 strikeouts against just three walks. Giulietti set a school record with eight overall wins and his season ERA is ranked 13th in the country. He leads the America East in ERA (2.06), is second in strikeouts (71) and tied for first in wins (8-2).

Ciocchi was last year's America East Rookie of the Year. Calderone made the team for the first time. He was the Most Outstanding Player at last spring's conference championship, won by BU at Union-Endicott High School.

NOTES
It's the sixth straight year that BU has had one of the four major award winners (player, pitcher, rookie, coach of year). Taylor is the third Bearcat to earn the high honor, joining Mathieu Bergeron ('05) and Brendon Hitchcock ('07). Giulietti joins former standouts Zach Groh ('06) and Murphy Smith ('09) in that category.

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