Immediate Release: April 19, 2006
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton sophomore pitcher Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) leads the nation in earned run average, according to the latest installment of NCAA statistics released Tuesday afternoon. Groh (3-0) owns a 0.51 ERA and hasn't allowed an earned run in 30 consecutive innings. Behind him in the rankings are College of Charleston reliever Josh McLaughlin (0.71) and Rhode Island starter Steve Holmes (1.16).
He has 33 strikeouts and nine walks in 35 innings. Groh has only given up runs in two of six starts this spring.
In his last start Saturday against UMBC, Groh went six innings, scattered five hits and departed with the lead before the Retrievers rallied against BU's bullpen. Groh did allow three runs in the game, but they all were unearned, keeping his earned run streak alive at 30 innings. He hasn't allowed an earned run since the second inning of a game at Fresno State on March 15. Groh gave up a two-run home run in the inning - one of just three extra-base hits he's allowed in 35.0 innings this spring.
The two-time America East and ECAC Pitcher of the Week, Groh leads the conference in strikeouts per game (8.5) and opponents' batting average (.149).
Groh is scheduled to start the first game of Saturday's away doubleheader against Vermont. The Bearcats are 17-11-1 overall, 4-2 in America East play, and have won seven of their last nine games.
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