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Pitching All-American Hutchings signs with Bearcats

Binghamton University baseball coach Tim Sinicki has corralled an elite Division I pitcher for the 2004 season. Six-foot-1, 195-pound right-hander Andy Hutchings (Binghamton, N.Y./College of Charleston) will transfer to Binghamton from College of Charleston for his senior season. Hutchings, a 2002 pre-season All-American for the Cougars, returns home to Broome County, where he was an all-state selection for Binghamton High School in the late 1990s.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have Andy come home and join our program for his senior season,” Sinicki said. “Although it’s for only one year, Andy has an opportunity have a major impact on our program.”

Hutchings, who was drafted in the 27th round by the Houston Astros in 2000, was used as a set-up man at Charleston last spring. He posted a 2-2 record with a 2.91 earned run average in 16 appearances. The previous year, Hutchings was one of the top closers in the nation. He saved a school-record 12 games (ranked fifth in nation) and earned second team All-Southern Conference honors. Hutchings then pitched in the prestigious Cape Cod League, averaging 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings with a 2.25 ERA. He sat out the 2002 college season with a minor shoulder injury.

Out of high school, he played one season at Alfred State, going 8-2 with a 2.06 ERA.

Hutchings is the 11th member of Sinicki’s 2004 recruiting class, and the fourth new pitcher expected to bolster a rotation that struggled to a 8.28 ERA in 2003.

“My intention is to plug Andy into the weekend/conference rotation which would allow him the chance to make 13 starts next spring,” Sinicki said. “Andy will also be counted on to provide leadership for not just the pitching staff but the entire team.”

Hutchings has a fastball in the upper 80s to low 90s, and also has a good slider, Sinicki said.

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