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For Immediate Release: June 23, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton baseball player Balback named to ECAC all-star team
Bearcats' third baseman chosen to second team

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton University baseball player Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./Sussex) has been named to the ECAC Division I all-star team, the school learned today. In a voting of member head coaches, Balback was placed on the second team, meaning he was deemed the second-best third baseman among 89 ECAC Division I schools that sponsor baseball.

The ECAC honor is the latest in a series of accolades for Balback, who last week was named first team all-region. He completed his stellar two-year career at Binghamton this past spring, when he was team MVP and a first team All-America East selection. Balback hit .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 honored, 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.

ECAC Division I All-Star Teams

Pleyer of the Year
Chris Rahl (OF), William and Mary

Pitcher of the Year
Stacen Gant, George Mason

FIRST TEAM
1B - Chris Looze, George Mason
2B - Keith Stegbauer, Central Connecticut State
SS - Jeff Palumbo, George Mason
3B - Anthony Granato, Va. Commonwealth
OF - Jeff Justice, Le Moyne
OF - Chris Rahl, William & Mary
OF - Jeff Frazier, Rutgers
OF - Jeff Justice, Le Moyne
C - Schuyler Williams, Army
P - Stacen Gant, George Mason
P - Shawn Phillips, Delaware State
UT - Mike Walsh, Hofstra

SECOND TEAM
1B - Dan Schoonmaker, Albany
2B - Nate Stone, Army
SS - Bryan Spamer, Pittsburgh
3B - Jay Balback, Binghamton
OF - Mike Butia, James Madison
OF - Scott Rich, Rider
OF - Rob Hosgood, Central Connecticut State
OF - Jason Delaney, Boston College
C - Tim D'Aquila, Central Connecticut State
P - Nick Hill, Army
P - Chris Lambert, Boston College
P - Nick Evangelista, Pittsburgh
DH - Derek DeGrazio, Albany
UT - Jimmy Board, Marist

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