Release: June 11, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball players Murphy Smith and Dave Ciocchi have received additional postseason honors. Smith, who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, was named the ECAC Pitcher of the Year. Ciocchi was named to the Ping! Baseball All-Freshman Team.
Smith was the America East Pitcher of the Year after leading the league in wins (7), strikeouts (84) and ERA (3.12). He went 7-3 and had 84 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 89.1 innings. His strikeout total was the second-most in program history and he tied the season high for wins. Smith ranked 27th in the country in fewest walks allowed per game (1.41) and was 59th in ERA. In three collegiate seasons, Smith has 13 wins and a 3.89 career ERA in 44 appearances.
The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic conference and is comprised of 319 member schools ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina.
Ciocchi added a second national freshman honor to his fast-growing resume. Less than a week after being selected to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team by Collegiate Baseball, Ciocchi earned similar honors from the online Pingbaseball.com site. He was named to the third team as one of the top six freshmen first basemen in the country. He hit a team-high .381 in his first collegiate campaign, earning America East Rookie of the Year and second team all-conference honors. He had 56 hits and 41 RBI in 44 games and only committed eight errors in 363 chances in the field.
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