CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Binghamton University and Stony Brook University each took home multiple year-end trophies today as the conference announced its individual awards and all-conference teams. Bearcat pitcher James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview JFK) and Stony Brook hurler Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) were named Co-Pitchers of the Year, the first time in the conference’s history two throwers have shared the honor. Binghamton junior Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) was tabbed the league’s Player of the Year, and Stony Brook’s William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y./Hempstead) earned the Rookie of the Year award. For the second year in a row, Bearcat head coach Tim Sinicki garnered the Coach of the Year accolade. All awards and teams were voted on by the league’s six head coaches.
Taylor is a two-time first team all-conference outfielder who paced the conference in slugging percentage (.682), runs batted in (65) and home runs (14) this season. He batted .363, sixth in the league, and reached base at a .431 efficiency out of the cleanup spot in the Binghamton lineup, but was also great on the base paths with 52 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. In America East games, his numbers were even better, batting .427 with a .793 slugging mark, .505 on-base mark and 31 RBI in 24 games. The 6-1, 195-lb hometown product led the conference with a perfect fielding percentage in 59 chances playing right or left field.
Giulietti, a 5-11, 180-lb junior lefty, led the league with a 2.06 ERA as top-seeded Binghamton’s ace. A two-time America East Pitcher of the Week this season, Giulietti held opponents to a .231 batting average, including .220 in league play. He finished the regular season with an undefeated 6-0 mark in conference games and an 8-2 record overall in 13 starts. In those starts, Giulietti recorded 7.70 strikeouts and only 1.52 walks per game, while surrendering just two home runs all season. He emerged this year as one of the top pitchers in the league and is making his first appearance on an all-conference team.
Tropeano, a 6-4, 205-lb all-rookie and second-team all-conference selection a year ago, joins Giulietti on the all-conference first team this year. He shut down conference opponents at an alarming rate this season, striking out an average of 11.02 America East batters per game and leading the conference overall with 95 strikeouts. Tropeano, who went 5-1 with a league-best 1.29 ERA in America East games, also led the league with an average of 6.97 innings per outing. Overall, the sophomore went 7-3 in 12 starts with six complete games during the regular season and earned three conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
Carmona, as a rookie designated hitter for the Seawolves, led the conference in batting average with a .455 mark in conference play, and .393 overall. He also ranked among America East leaders in slugging percentage (.565), on-base percentage (.461) and hits (66). In 24 league games, the 6-0, 225-lb Carmona drove in 24 of his 42 RBI and accumulated 54 of his 95 total bases. He was also one of the top hurlers in the Stony Brook bullpen, making 12 appearances, two of those starts, with three saves, a 5.40 ERA and a 2-2 record. Carmona was honored as the Rookie of the Week on May 17 and was voted to the all-rookie and all-conference first teams.
Sinicki is the back-to-back recipient of the top coaching honor after his team earned its fourth-straight America East Regular Season Championship. The Bearcats went 21-3 (.875) during the conference slate, the third-best winning percentage in the league’s history, and will host this week’s conference tournament as the top seed. Binghamton is currently riding a 14-game win streak, the longest active in the country, and has won the last 18 against conference opponents. Sinicki, in his 18th season with the program, has worked to improve his team year in and year out, and is on the verge of leading the Bearcats to an increased win total for the seventh straight season.
Rounding out the pitchers on the all-conference first team are starters University at Albany junior Dave Kubiak (Southhold, N.Y./Southhold) and Seawolf sophomore Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif./Crespi Carmelite), and senior reliever Justin Latta (Lubbock, Texas/Midland College) from University of Maine. Joining Taylor and Carmona as the position players are Maine catcher Joe Mercurio (Brewster, N.Y./Kennedy Catholic), Binghamton sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) and senior second baseman Jim Calderone (Home Glen, Ill./Oakton CC), Maine senior shortstop Tony Patane (New Milford, Conn./New Milford), Stony Brook junior third baseman Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y./Centereach), Binghamton junior outfielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and Maine sophomore outfielder Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn./Montville).
Second-team members by position include Binghamton sophomore starting pitcher Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), Maine starting pitchers freshman Jeff Gibbs (Toronto, Ontario/Birchmount Park), sophomore AJ Bazdanes (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) and sophomore Keith Bilodeau (Bourne, Mass./Bourne), Albany sophomore relief pitcher Greg Lutton (New Haven, Vt./Vermont), Stony Brook senior catcher Justin Echevarria (Uniondale, N.Y./Uniondale) and senior first baseman Rob Dyer (Selden, N.Y./Newfield), Albany freshman second baseman Brian Bullard (West Nyack, N.Y./St. Joseph), Stony Brook junior shortstop Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario/Paris District), Binghamton freshman third baseman Mike Thompson (Whitehouse Station, N.Y./Hunterdon), Albany senior outfielder Brendan Rowland (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central), Stony Brook outfielders senior Michael Stephan (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) and sophomore Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip), and Binghamton senior designated hitter Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y./La Salle Institute).
The all-rookie team, chosen regardless of position, includes Carmona, Gibbs, Bullard and Thompson in addition to Albany’s Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia), Binghamton’s Jay Lynch (Exton, Pa./West Chester East), Maine’s Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario/Notre Dame) and Mike Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth), and Stony Brook’s Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario/York Mills Collegiate) and Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario/St. Mary’s).
The 2010 America East Baseball Championship gets underway on Wednesday, May 26 at 11 a.m. and will conclude on Friday, May 28, with Saturday, May 29 available in case of weather or an if necessary game. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.