Release: June 16, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. Former Binghamton University pitching ace Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) has signed a professional contract with Washington (Pa.) of the Frontier League. The Wild Things play out of the Eastern Division in the 12-team independent league. Groh is expected to start the team's game Tuesday at Florence (Kent.).
Groh is the school's all-time leader in wins (23), strikeouts (296) and earned run average (3.33), and was a three-time first team America East all-star. This past spring, he went 6-3 with a 3.27 ERA, and was unbeaten against conference opponents. In his final collegiate start on May 22, Groh shut down Vermont in the America East tournament, fanning 10 and allowing just four singles in a 4-1 BU win.
"It's a great opportunity for Zach," head coach Tim Sinicki said. "He has worked as hard as anyone we've ever had and truly deserves this chance to further his career at the professional level."
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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