Release: June 17, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. Former Binghamton University pitching ace Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) made his professional debut Tuesday night for the Washington Wild Things (Pa.) of the Frontier League and pitched a gem.
In a 12-3 Washington win over Florence (Kent.), Groh allowed just one hit and struck out eight over six innings. After walking the first two batters of the game, Groh settled in and retired 16 in a row. His only blemish was a two-run home run with one out in the sixth inning. After losing his no-hitter, Groh (1-0) then struck out back-to-back hitters to complete his first outing. He threw 88 pitches.
Groh is Binghamton's all-time leader in wins (23), strikeouts (296) and earned run average (3.33). He was a three-time first team America East all-star and this past spring went 6-3 with a 3.27 ERA.
He ranked 12th in the nation in ERA as a sophomore (1.85) and was 17th in the country in strikeouts (10.9/game) in 2007. He was the 2006 America East Pitcher of the Year and also was BU's "Athlete of the Year" in 2005-06.
Groh is the 15th Binghamton player to sign a professional contract - and ninth in the last two years.
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