For Immediate Release: June 10, 2009
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BU pitching ace Smith tabbed by Oakland in MLB Amateur Draft

Junior righty selected in 13th round with 393rd overall pick

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton junior pitcher Murphy Smith was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday afternoon. Smith was the 393rd overall player chosen and the first from the America East. He becomes BU's second-highest draft pick, behind Dan Gray, who was picked in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1990.

Smith was the America East Pitcher of the Year in 2009 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.

"It's a great day for Murphy, his family and our baseball program here at
Binghamton University," head coach Tim Sinicki said. "It's been an absolute pleasure watching Murph work as hard as he has over the past three years to put himself in this position. Whether he decides to sign with Oakland or return to school, everyone associated with our baseball program wants nothing but the best for Murph and his family."

Smith is also a scholar student-athlete who carries a 3.52 GPA in accounting. He was recently named to the America East All-Academic Baseball Team.

Binghamton has now had 11 MLB draft picks or professional signees in the last four years. The Bearcats went 30-22 and captured the America East Championship in 2009. The team advanced to the NCAAs for the first time and won a game at the Greenville Regional.

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