Immediate Release: June 20, 2005
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.
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