Bearcats Baseball Highlights America East Postseason BanquetPosted: Updated:
Vestal, N.Y. - Binghamton baseball had six players honored and took home half of the major awards presented at the America East postseason banquet, held Tuesday night in the Events Center. On the eve of the six-team tournament, the host Bearcats had the most major award winners and tied for the most all-conference selections of any team.
Earning accolades for Binghamton were Ben Anderson, Thomas Babalis, Alex Baratta, Shane Marshall, Nick Gallagher and Sean Trenholm.
Junior ace Ben Anderson was selected as America East Pitcher of the Year after leading the conference in wins (8) and strikeouts (104) and ranking third in ERA (2.96). Performing under pressure in front of numerous MLB scouts throughout the spring, Anderson became just the seventh pitcher in the 30-year history of the conference to compile 100 strikeouts. He becomes the third BU pitcher to be voted the league's best in the last four years and sixth in the last 14.
Junior No. 3 Thomas Babalis was a unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year after after stifling AE opponents all spring. He also earned second team all-conference and All-Rookie Team laurels. His numbers were held back after two late-season starts were lost to rainouts, but Babalis went 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA in conference play. America East opponents hit just .189 him. Once he pitches enough innings to qualify for NCAA stats (after his next start), Babalis will move into the top 150 in national ERA. He was the only freshman named to either of the all-conference teams and becomes BU's fourth America East Rookie of the Year.