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For Immediate Release: June 17, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU pitching ace Smith signs with Oakland and will begin pro career

Junior righty likely headed to short-season team in Vancouver

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton pitcher Murphy Smith has signed a professional contract with the Oakland Athletics and will report to the organization's spring training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. for camp this week. Smith, picked in the 13th round in the First-Year Player Draft, will likely be assigned to the Oakland's Class A Short-Season team in Vancouver, B.C.

Players assigned to Vancouver will arrive on Thursday and work out at Nat Bailey Stadium on Friday. The Vancouver Canadians open the 2009 Northwest League season on Saturday, June 20 vs. Everett. The Northwest League is comprised of eight teams (Vancouver, Boise, Eugene, Everett, Salem-Keizer, Spokane, Tri-City and Yakima). The teams play a 76-game schedule that extends into early September. Vancouver placed third in the West Division with a 34-42 record in 2008.

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. He also was named ECAC Pitcher of the Year and first team ABCA All-Northeast Region.

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