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For Immediate Release: June 24, 2002
Contact: John Hartrick


Baseball players head to Russia with SUNY all-stars
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BU Binghamton University seniors-to-be Phil Artonio (Massapequa Park, M.Y.) and Jacob Thiel (San Bruno, Calif.) will represent the University as members of a SUNY all-star team that is headed to Russia today for a five-game tournament, sponsored by Moscow State University.

Twenty-one players from 11 SUNY campuses were selected to the all-star team, which is coached by SUNY Cortland head coach Joe Brown. The team will compete in the Eighth Matsumae Memorial International College Baseball Tournament from June 26-29 against three teams from Japan, one team from South Korea and one from Moscow.

"Baseball is a great way for these bright young athletes to experience another culture and enhance their overall education," said SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King. "This kind of trip offers a phenomenal opportunity for these students to grow, while strengthening the bonds between our countries in a non-traditional way."
 
BU Artonio,a 6-foot-4 left-handed relief pitcher, led coach Tim Sinickiís 2002 squad with five saves and a 2.89 earned run average. As a sophomore, Artonio earned first-team all-conference honors in the Division I New York State Baseball Conference. In three seasons, he is 8-4 with seven saves.

Thiel, a 6-foot-4 pitcher and designated hitter, won two games and posted a 5.64 ERA in 10 starts. At the plate, he belted five home runs and drove in 21 runs in his first season. Thiel transferred to Binghamton from Canada College in Redwood City, Calif.
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