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For Immediate Release: May 24, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU baseball hosts Media Day on eve of America East tourney

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The Bearcats (30-18) will carry an NCAA-best 14-game win streak into the four-team, double-elimination America East Baseball Championship, beginning Wednesday at Varsity Field. Binghamton clinched its fourth consecutive regular season title over the weekend and went 21-3 against conference opponents in 2010. The defending champion Bearcats met the media Monday afternoon 48 hours before facing fourth-seeded Albany in the tournament's second game at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Head Coach Tim Sinicki

On winning another regular season title and earning the host role

"It's a great opportunity for us to be here at home and on campus and and for our guys to play on a field they are comfortable with. It's always nice not to hop on a bus and travel. We've played well at home this year and hopefully that's an advantage for us. We feel we've earned this right to host.

On the mood of his team right now

"For our guys there's a level of excitement but at the same time its very business-like. We set out to win the regular season and we hoped this day would come. We've coached just about all we can at this point and other than fine tune some things - now it's time to watch the guys perform."

On the win streak, the longest current streak in the nation, and any pressure it has had on the players?

"If it has it hasn't shown. We have a pretty loose group right now and they came out to practice today in very good spirits. I don't see it putting pressure on us - we've having fun with it. The win streak grew a life of its own - it's another feather in our cap - for the hard work the guys have put in."

On setting up the schedule to be peaking come tournament time

"Our master plan is to be ready to compete when the America East schedule arrives so we try to schedule teams that maybe are a little bit better than us or our peers so we can be challenged in February, March and early April. We've played our best baseball in April and May the past few years and we continue to take that approach. Scheduling's been very important for us and once again I think it's paid off."

Having rolled through the conference season by winning 21 of 24 games, including 18 in a row, how do you see the tournament shaping up?

"We are treating this as a second season so as nice as that win streak was, and hopefully it continues, we are turning the page and setting our sites on the postseason. Every team has its eyes on the prize, which for us is to return to the NCAA regionals. Each of the teams here this week has at least one or two really good arms in their rotation and we don't take anything for granted. It may have looked easy with our conference record but there were a lot of one-run games. Every team from 1-4 has a chance to win this tournament."

On slugger Corey Taylor, who leads the America East in home runs and RBI

"Corey's probably as dangerous a player as there is in the conference. He's a game-changer with one swing of the bat He's multi-dimensional with speed, power and hitting for average. I think the people in our area enjoy watching a local player get to play Division I athletics and Corey's worked extremely hard to turn himself into a Player of the Year candidate in our league."

Junior outfielder Corey Taylor

"In the beginning of the year we didn't have too many winning streaks so it's nice to be peaking right now. We feel we have a lot of momentum. We aren't thinking about the streak - we are taking one game at a time... Our pitching has been stepping up and are hitting has been great. It's a total team effort - we have so many leaders on this team... We know what we have to do to succeed and we work very hard... It's a great opportunity to play on our home field for the tournament... It's fun to come to the field every day. We have a great bunch of teammates who motivate each other... I didn't really get a lot of looks to play at Division I colleges and Binghamton and the coaches were great to give me the opportunity to play here and I just want to do the best I can to give back to them for giving me that chance."

Junior pitcher James Giulietti

"Our team is really clicking right now. Our hitting is better than ever and our pitching has really stepped up the last couple of weeks... There's always a little pressure pitching in a tournament but as long as you go do your thing you shouldn't be worried. With a really good team behind you that hits - you know they will put up some offense behind you... In a tournament anything can happen and anyone can step up at any time."

Junior outfielder Henry Dunn

"What's great about this team is that everyone's on the same page - we know what we have to do. We are finding ways to win... The past few years it's been all about our pitching and the last two years we've taken pride in our offense. One through nine in the lineup are all very dangerous. Our game with Albany is definitely going to be difficult, as tournament baseball always is."

Sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi

"We try not get to get caught up in the streak - we use it as motivation to go out and play our best baseball... Having strong hitters 1-9 in the lineup is a great asset for us. Knowing that the guy behind you is going to protect you - it takes a lot of pressure off because you don't press... The intensity level picks up come tournament time but you have to be able to keep your composure and just play."

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