Baseball team inks two recruits

The Binghamton University baseball team has announced the acquisition of two high school seniors, both of whom will join the Bearcats next year.

Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.), who signed a national letter of intent, is a 6-2, 190 lb. pitcher from The Perkiomen School (located in Pennsburg, Pa). Currently he has a 7-0 record, 56 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA in 42.0 innings. As a junior, he posted an 8-1 record and an 0.59 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 59.3 innings. He was named first-team All-Keystone State Athletic Conference as well as to the Mercury Newspaper All-Area first-team. In the summer of his junior season, he played for Exeter American Legion and posted a 7-2 record with a 2.51 ERA in 46 strikeouts in 46.3 innings pitched. Heading into his senior season, Groh was rated the 17th best high school prospect in Pennsylvania by Baseball America.

"Zach is a very polished and protectable high school pitcher," head coach Tim Sinicki said. "He has a mid-80's fastball and tremendous command of all his pitchers. I expect Zach to be an integral part of our pitching staff for the next four years."

Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.), who has accepted Binghamton's written offer of admission, is a 6-4 170 lb. outfielder from Seton Catholic Central High School. As a junior, he hit .420 with six home runs and 24 RBI. The year, he is the team captain. Last summer, he played in with Binghamton American Legion Post 1645 and hit .502 with two home runs.

"Jeff is an extremely gifted athlete - one of the finest in the Southern Tier," head His athleticism makes a very protectable player for our program. I am excited for Jeff to now have the opportunity to concentrate on the development of his baseball skills year round and see where his ability can take him."

Monaco marks the third high school senior from the Binghamton who will join the Bearcats next year. During the early signing period last fall, second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, NY.) and pitcher Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.), both of whom helped led Vestal to the Section IV Class A championship last spring, have each submitted a national letter of intent.

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