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For Immediate Release: June 9, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU baseball standout Dunn selected in Major League Baseball Draft
Cleveland Indians take junior center fielder in 50th round

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton outfielder Henry Dunn was picked by the Cleveland Indians in the 50th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Amateur Player Draft Wednesday afternoon. Dunn is the first BU position player to be drafted in 20 years and the third Bearcat taken in the last three years. Pitching ace Murphy Smith was selected in the 13th round last spring by Oakland and lefty hurler Jeff Dennis went to the Athletics in the 40th round in 2008.

"I'm happy for Henry to get this opportunity to play professional baseball," 18th-year head coach Tim Sinicki said. "He has worked hard during his time at Binghamton and deserves this chance. No one including Henry should get caught up in what round he was taken. It's a great opportunity and I'm confident he will make the most of it."

Dunn, one of the most talented all-around athletes in program history, enjoyed a break-out season in 2010, establishing a record for runs in a season (64) and using his blazing speed in center field and on the bases. Dunn hit .344 with a team-best 17 doubles, 10 home runs and four triples. His 1.36 runs per game ranks seventh in the nation and he also ranked fourth in the America East in doubles, triples and total bases and fifth in RBI (55) and slugging (.626). He also tied a school record by driving in at least one run in 11 consecutive games. Dunn, a former Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American (2007) was named first team all-conference in 2010 - his second all-star selection. In just two and a half seasons, Dunn ranked second in career triples (6), fifth in stolen bases (23), sixth in batting average (.325) and eighth in runs (104).

The Bearcats, winners of four straight America East regular season titles, won a school-record 31 games in 2010. The program has increased its win total in an NCAA-record seven straight seasons.

NOTES
Binghamton has had 12 MLB draft picks or professional signees in the last five years... The last BU field position players selected in the draft were catcher Dan Gray (seventh round, Los Angeles Dodgers in 1990) and outfielder Dirk Gorman (48th round, Dodgers, 1990).

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