Release: December 10, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball pitcher Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.) is among the players selected for the 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List, released by the College Baseball Foundation. He is the only player from the America East Conference among the list of pre-season candidates.
The Wallace Award is presented to the nation's top collegiate baseball player. The award is dedicated to the memory of the former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace, who played within the Texas Rangers' organization before his untimely death at age 27.
Dennis went 4-2 with a team-best 2.62 earned run average in 2007. The 6-foot-6 lefthander ranked second in the America East in hits allowed (45) and third in both ERA and opposing batting average (.212), helping BU capture the regular season title with a 17-5 record. He struck out 54 in 55 innings and allowed just 12 extra-base hits.
At the America East Championship, Dennis pitched a gem against Albany in the final. He struck out eight and allowed just three hits in six innings, absorbing the tough-luck 1-0 defeat.
"This is an outstanding and well-deserved honor for Jeff," head coach Tim Sinicki said. "He's worked extremely hard over the past two-plus seasons to put himself in a position to be recognized on a national level. There is little doubt that Jeff's emergance combined with Zach Groh returning to our number one spot in the rotation, we will have one of the best one-two combinations in the America East Conference and Northeast region."
Sinicki, heading into his 16th season in 2008, will bring his Bearcats into their season-opening series on February 23-24 at James Madison.
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