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For Immediate Release: May 28, 2002 |
Contact: John Hartrick
Binghamton baseball signs junior college standout
Third baseman Balback led Delaware Tech CC to national title in 2001
Binghamton University baseball coach Tim Sinicki has signed 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior college third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./Delaware Technical Community College) to a financial aid agreement for the 2003 season. Balback played two seasons at Delaware Technical CC, leading that team to the NJCAA Division II Championship in 2001. He red-shirted the 2002 campaign while attending NAIA member Indiana Institute of Technology, and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Binghamton.
“Jay will have an immediate impact on our program,” Sinicki said. “For us to get a player of Jay’s caliber at this time of year is unprecedented. He will play third, bat in the middle of our lineup, and has a chance to be one of the best all-around players in program history.”
Balback batted .407 for a Roadrunner team that went 40-5 and captured the NJCAA championship in 2001. He produced 13 home runs and 71 RBIs, maintained a .453 on-base percentage and had a gaudy .759 slugging percentage. In the regular-season, Balback ranked 10th in the country in RBIs and 15th in home runs. Delaware Tech then went on to sweep four games and capture the national championship. Balback earned post-season all-region honors as one of the Top-5 players in Region 19.
As a freshman at DTCC, he batted .400 with seven home runs and 29 RBI, and was named all-region.
In high school, Balback was a two-time all-state shortstop for Sussex Central in Georgetown, Delaware. In his senior year, he earned first team all-conference and first-team all-state honors.
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