Release: June 22, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball pitcher Greg Lane has signed a professional contract with the Sussex Skyhawks of the CanAm League.
Lane, a two-time America East all-star and BU's all-time saves leader, signed Sunday and made his pro debut Sunday night. He recorded the final out in an 8-5 Sussex loss to Brockton in the opening game of a doubleheader in Augusta, N.J.
Sussex is 11-12 and in fourth place in the six-team independent league.
Lane produced a school-record 19 saves in three seasons at Binghamton, including seven in 2009. He was 5-2 with a 4.80 ERA this spring, helping the Bearcats produce a storybook season that included the program's first-ever conference championship and NCAA tournament berth. At the NCAA Greenville, Lane pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to save BU's historic first NCAA victory, an 11-6 win over George Mason.
Lane was dominant in 2008, leading the Bearcats to their second straight America East regular season title and runnerup postseason finish. He compiled a school-record and conference-leading 11 saves and was selected as a first team America East all-star. Lane, a 6-foot-2 righthander, owned a 1.97 earned run average and chipped in three wins in addition to his saves total.
He becomes the 12th Bearcat to sign a professional contract in the last four years and joins former BU pitching teammates Scott Diamond (Class AA Mississippi, Atlanta Braves), Murphy Smith (Rookie League Arizona Summer League Athletics) and Zach Groh (Independent, Washington, Pa.) in the pro ranks.
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