For Immediate Release: June 20, 2005
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Former BU baseball hurler Andy Hutchings signs professional contract
Right-handed pitcher makes successful debut with New Jersey Jackals

New Jersey Jackals website

VESTAL, N.Y. - One year after closing out his collegiate career with the Bearcats, 6-foot-1, 195-pound right-handed pitcher Andy Hutchings (Binghamton, N.Y.) has made it to the professional baseball ranks. On Sunday, Hutchings signed a contract with the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Can-Am League. He is the 10th Binghamton University baseball player to sign a pro contract and the fourth in the last five years.

The team invited him to camp for a workout last week, and he impressed the coaching staff enough to warrant Sunday's transaction. Later that day in Little Falls, N.J., Hutchings made his professional debut in the Jackals' 6-2 loss to Worcester. He entered the game in the ninth inning and didn't allow a hit.

Hutchings, who was drafted in the 27th round by the Houston Astros in 2000, capped his collegiate career as BU's No. 1 pitcher in 2004. He started a team-high 10 games for head coach Tim Sinicki's 2004 squad which went 22-21. In his final collegiate start, Hutchings shut down league rival Stony Brook, allowing one earned run in five innings as the Bearcats rolled to a 16-3 win.

Before transferring back home to Binghamton, Hutchings was one of the top relievers in the country for College of Charleston. He saved a school-record 12 games (ranked fifth in nation) and earned second team All-Southern Conference honors in 2001. Hutchings then pitched in the prestigious Cape Cod League, averaging 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings with a 2.25 ERA. He was a 2002 pre-season All-American before moving into a set-up role with the Cougars.

After earning all-state scholastic honors for Binghamton High School, Hutchings played one season at Alfred State, going 8-2 with a 2.06 ERA.

The Jackals currently sit in second place in the South Division, behind Worcester. The league also includes Quebec, North Shore, Brockton, Grays, Elmira and New Haven County.

Hutchings joins former BU ace Jeff Montani in the professional ranks. Montani is in his fifth year in the Baltimore Orioles farm system... Other BU players who signed pro contracts in the last five years are Tim Macko (Elmira in 2002) and David Eagan (Allentown in 2002).


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