Immediate Release: September 15, 2006
VESTAL, N.Y. - Former Binghamton University baseball standout Jeff Montani (Liverpool, N.Y.) earned the save as his Fort Worth Cats team captured the American Association championship on Sunday. The Cats, a team in the independent professional league, defeated St. Paul 2-1 to win the five game series 3-2.
Montani, 6-foot-1, 170-pound right-hander, signed with the team on July 4. He pitched the final 1 2/3 innings of the deciding game five, allowing one hit and striking out the final hitter. In six playoff appearances for the Cats, Montani didn't allow an earned run. He was 2-1 in regular season games.
After a stellar three-year collegiate career under head coach Tim Sinicki at Binghamton, Montani was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 36th round of the 2001 Draft. His most successful season came in 2002, when he led the Bluefield Orioles to the best record in the Appalachian League (rookie). That season, Montani recorded a team-high 15 saves and was the league's Rolaids Relief Man for June. In 2003, he notched 23 saves for the Delmarva Shorebirds (Class-A), and also had stints with Frederick in the Carolina League and Aberdeen in the New York-Penn League.
At Binghamton, Montani was a first team all-conference selection and led the team to an ECAC Division II championship in 2000.
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