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Bearcats confident they can fill holes in lineup

The downside of college athletics is seeing a mandatory and high rate of turnover in a roster because of graduation. But what is the biggest challenge is also the biggest opportunity, to find new players to replace those that have finished their education.

The Binghamton Bearcats did not graduate many seniors in 2015, but did lose a few important pieces, most notable Jake Thomas and Zach Blanden. Thomas was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays last June and was a four year starter in the outfielder for BU with a presence in the middle of the lineup.

Moving forward though, Head Coach Tim Sinicki plans to use Brendan Skidmore, Reed Gamache and Jason Agresti in the heart of the order to replace Thomas and Blanden, while adding U-E Grad CJ Krowiak to the leadoff spot and in center field.

"You can never replace someone like Jake or Zach Blanden, those seniors that we had last year but I think we have a great group that we're mixing well right now, bonding pretty well over the fall and the winter," Gamache said. "I think we're going to mix pretty well."

"The lineup I feel really good about. I think we'll score some runs, I think we'll defend at a really high level," Sinicki said. "As it is in most instances whether it's at our level or the big league level or some level in between it's going to come down to our pitching staff and how we develop and how we perform on the mound."

The Bearcats open the season on Friday with a doubleheader on the road against Houston Baptist University.