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For Immediate Release: February 23, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton baseball holds 2010 preseason media day

The Binghamton baseball team held their annual preseason media day today in advance of the team's scheduled season-opener Saturday at Longwood University (Va.).

Eighteenth-year head coach Tim Sinicki, the reigning America East Coach of the Year, returns eight starters and 19 letterwinners from his 30-22 conference championship team of last spring. Sinicki, junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski, sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi and junior outfielder Corey Taylor spoke to the media.

Baseball Head Coach Tim Sinicki

On his thoughts heading into the season as the defending AE champions...
"The '09 season was a special season but this year's team has its own identity. We hope we learned some lessons from last year and nothing is guaranteed this season so the guys have to work that much harder. We will be the program with the target on our backs and hopefully we will can win that second championship."

On the team's strengths and areas of concern...
"Offensively I think we are better this year then we were last year. Defensively we have a chance to be better and our pitcher staff is better than it ever has been. The only thing we are missing right now is the clear-cut number one guy who we know that every time he takes the mound he will give us quality start... which we had with Murphy Smith. Offensively and defensively we have a chance to do much better. From a pitching standpoint we have great depth (10 guys deep). We are just waiting for those one or two guys to stand out"

On Corey Taylor and his impact on the team...
"Corey has made great strides, and has become more disciplined during the off- season. He knows he is going to have to be more patient this year and take a walk to first base and hope that the guy behind can pick up the slack."

On the early-season challenges facing the pitching staff...
"I do think at this point a lot of our guys are interchangeable and that's why we play these early season games - to give some guys some starts and mix and match players. I wouldn't be surprised if one or two guys that start this weekend see the bullpen and vice versa. It will work itself out eventually."

On what the young pitchers learned from last season's standouts...
"We ask our young guys to watch our older pitchers. What they learned from the guys last year was how much work they have to put in and how our guys learned how to handle success and how they dealt with diversity. Then repeat the cycle for the next weekend. I think they have learned a lot from them."

Junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski

On working with a relatively new pitching staff
"The pitchers have been working really hard and I think they are going to be a really big part in our progression. I don't think we are going to lose that much in pitcher this year. We have a couple big guys that are really bearing down and as the season progresses they are going to step up and be a big part of the team and challenge everyone. I think the freshmen will step up and we will be okay."

Sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi

On the challenge of repeating as America East champions...
"I know our goal is to repeat what we did last year, but I know for a fact with what work we put in, in the off season we will be ready to meet that challenge. We know what we have to do, we know how to get back there and we do have experience, which will hopefully bring us back there."

On the talent returning this spring...
"We have a very good line up. Most of our guys are coming back, but coach is right when he says there is room for improvement because there is always room for improvement. There are always things as a team we can do better and we're going to use it to our advantage as much as possible."

Junior outfielder Corey Taylor

On what he takes from last season's success...
"I think the thing we are going to take most out of last season is the feeling of being at the NCAA Regional and winning a game. It was awesome, and something we would like to repeat again this year. But those games are won now, I know the games do not happen until May but the hard work we put in now, will hopefully pay off in May and we can repeat that feeling."

On his personal mindset entering the season...
"I think the biggest thing I can do is work on my weaknesses and capitalize on the strengths. I am not going to do something that I know I can't do. I just work with what I have and do the best that I can and hopefully it will all fall into shape. I don't worry about individual statistics. We just play as a team and if everyone plays for each other everything else work out in the end. I am just trying to do what I can for the team and get us back to regionals and pick up some wins there."

On the team's offensive strengths...
"I think offensively this year, we are the strongest we have ever been, one through nine. There is not one weak hitter, not one weak spot in the order and we don't have any easy out. Everyone battles at the plate and plays for one another. At the beginning of the fall there were some holes but everyone worked hard and any holes that I did see in the fall filled very nicely."

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