Immediate Release: June 16, 2004
The first and second teams were voted on by the head coaches in the 43-school region. Balback and the other first-team honorees will now move on to the national All-America ballot, which will be reviewed by the Division I All-America Committee in Omaha, Neb., during the NCAA College World Series.
"This is a tremendous honor for Jay - one that he most certainly deserves," head coach Tim Sinicki said. "Across the board, Jay had the single greatest offensive season of any player in program history. He also worked extremely hard to turn himself into perhaps the best defensive third baseman in the region."
The regional honor is the latest in a series of accolades for Balback, who completed his stellar two-year career at Binghamton this past spring. In 2004, he was team MVP and a first team All-America East selection after hitting .348 with a school-record and conference-best 14 home runs. His slugging percentage of .729 currently ranks 18th in the nation, and he also ranked among the America East top-5 in 10 offensive categories, including home runs (1st), slugging percentage (1st), on-base percentage (2nd) and RBI (3rd). Balback drove in 45 runs in 43 games to set BU's single-season record, and will also graduate as the career home run leader with 27 round-trippers in just two seasons.
Balback was one of three America East players named to the all-region first team, joining a pair of Albany athletes.
Binghamton (22-21) more than doubled its win total from a year ago, and missed out on a conference playoff spot by just one win.
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