For Immediate Release: July 17, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU baseball bolsters 2008 recruiting class with pitcher, infielder

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball coach Tim Sinicki has added a scholastic pitcher and a junior college infielder to his 2008 recruiting class. The Bearcats, who have won the last two America East regular season titles, will welcome 6-foot-2 righthander Billy Hurley (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School) and junior transfer Jim Calderone (Home Glen, Ill./Oakton CC) to the program this coming fall. The pair join nine freshmen-to-be in rounding out Sinicki's 2008 recruiting class.

Hurley went 5-1 with a 1.23 ERA for Team Ontario last summer and earned a bronze medal with the Ontario Youth team at the Canada Cup. He was named the Central Ontario Pitcher of the Year in 2005.

"A very polished right-handed pitcher, Billy has a chance to make an immediate impact in our baseball program as a freshman," Sinicki said. "He brings a wealth of experience to Binghamton, having pitched against a very high level of competition in Canada. Billy's an extremely bright young man who exemplifies the type of student-athlete we are looking for in our program."

Sinicki's most recent Ontario pitching recruit was Scott Diamond, who is currently 8-1 playing for the Atlanta Braves Class A Advanced team in Myrtle Beach.

Calderone is a 5-foot-8, 170-pound infielder who put up impressive numbers at Oakton Community College (Ill.) this past spring. He earned team MVP and second team all-conference honors after hitting .391 with 22 RBI and a team-high 18 stolen bases. As a freshman, Calderone started 48 games for NAIA University of St. Francis (Ill.) and hit .324 with 24 RBI.

"Jim has a chance to make an immediate impact in our program," Sinicki said. "He's a very dynamic and versatile player who brings two years of high-level experience
to our program."


2008 Recruiting Class

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. B/T Hometown/Last School
Alex Adami P 5-11 180 B Thornwood, N.Y./Iona Prep
Mike Augliera P 6-0 180 R Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge
Jim Calderone  INF 5-8 170 R/R Home Glen, Ill./Oakton CC
David Ciocchi OF 5-10 190 L/R Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay East Fishkill
Billy Hurley  P 6-2 185 R Mississauga, Ontario/St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary
Matt Parker INF 6-1 185 R/R Blue Point, N.Y./St. Anthony's
Robert Rogers P 6-1 185 R Islip, N.Y./Islip
Aaron Schuldt P 6-0 165 R Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool
Eric Secor  INF 5-8  160 R/R Sayre, Pa./Sayre Area
Scott Swanson P 6-2 185 R Merrick, N.Y./JFK-Bellmore
Lane Warner  INF 6-1 175 R/R Cuyler, N.Y./Fabius-Pompey

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