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Day Drinking Holidays Halloween

It’s a pretty big deal at BU. You’ll see.

Parade Day

St. Patrick’s Day hits Binghamton a few weeks early with the annual Parade Day celebration Downtown. Students join the community for a parade and daylong tribute to Irish heritage.

Break That Ice

Santacon

Winter bar crawl. Students and community members alike dress up in santa hats and reindeer antlers and guzzle down hot spiked egg nog.

Spring Fling

Drink on carnival rides, eat fried foods, and continue to drink during the concert at night. Remember none of it.

Bar Crawl

Students get rowdy on State Street as they kiss Binghamton goodbye for the summer. Photo Provided by Jonathan Cohen

Orientation advisers Justin John and Natalie Buddiga work hard during a team building exercise. Freshman orientations begin Monday July 7.

Binghamton Vocab

Here are some commonly used abbreviations and phrases you might hear around campus.

B-Line noun This email is sent out at 11 a.m. every day, letting you know about all of the campus events going on. It is a great place to find free food. Did you hear Pipe Dream was having a GIM? I saw it on B-Line.

Bartle noun The Glenn G. Bartle Library. You’ll only be here during midterm and finals week. If you need me, I’ll be at Bartle for the next 8 hours while I finish this paper.

Brain and Spine nouns The Brain is the academic part of campus where all the classes and offices are. It's shaped like a brain. The spine is a central walkway that runs through the brain. Though it may not be anatomically correct, it's where everyone will be hanging out in the nice weather. I'll meet you on the brain for Kan Jam after class.

E-Board noun Short for executive board. Every student group on campus has one. It will include President, Vice President, and some other made up things. I’m running for Co-Chair on Hillel E-Board.

GIM noun You may have noticed that we keep advertising for one of ours in the Fall. GIM stands for General Interest Meeting that each student group holds in the beginning of every semester. There will probably be pizza. I am going to skip dinner and go to the Pipe Dream GIM.

“Going Out” verb Also known as going to the bars, Downtown, or State Street. Binghamton has one avenue of night life, and you’ll be there every weekend. If you hear people referring to any of these places, it is all the same. Don’t leave your room until 12:30 a.m. Calm down, Suzie, we’re not going out yet. It’s only 9.

OCCT noun Also known as the blue buses, OCCT stands for Off Campus College Transport. All of the buses are blue and take you right to the bars (and other irrelevant places). Geoff got a black eye trying to catch the 3 a.m. blue bus.

Weekend Warriors noun The Tuesday morning photo spread in Pipe Dream where we showcase what was going on at the bars that weekend. A rite of passage. I made Weekend Warriors this week! I'm filled with both shame and pride.


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Committee searches for new VP Division of Operations replaces Division of Administration Emilie Leroy

Contributing Writer The Division of Administration is being restructured into a smaller Division of Operations. The change follows the departure of the current vice president for administration, James Van Voorst, who will be taking the position of vice president for finance and business at the State University of New York at Albany. The Division of Operations will focus specifically on the operations of Binghamton University, President Harvey Stenger said in an email. “Operations” are the infrastructural aspects that the University needs to run, like information technologies, police and physical facilities. “I believe this reorganization will make the campus an even more pleasant place to study, live and work,” he wrote. The new division will continue to oversee many of the functions of the former Division of Administration, including physical facilities, information technologies as well as emergency response and public safety, environmental health and safety, human resources

and risk management. All planning, budgeting and financial functions will move to the Division of Academic Affairs. According to Executive Vice President and Provost Donald Nieman, moving the financial functions to the Division of Academic Affairs will enable the University to make academics the priority, as per the President’s Road Map Initiative. By moving finances to the Division of Academics, the move will help with budgeting for academics. “What President Stenger is trying to do is align revenues and budgeting more closely with the academic mission of the University,” Neiman said. With Van Voorst stepping down as Vice President for Administration, the reorganized division will need a Vice President. Neiman is the chair of the search committee for the vice president for operations. The committee includes faculty and staff from various schools and departments. Although the size of the Division of Operations has been reduced, it remains one of the largest divisions on campus. The vice president will be responsible for leading and

managing the staff within the division as well as reporting directly to the President. Nieman said that his committee is looking for candidates that have strong leadership experience and can work with the many departments and offices that the job requires. “The Division of Operations provides the infrastructure the serves every aspect of the University,” Nieman said. “The vice president is going to have to be someone who collaborates really well with other vice presidents and people throughout the University.” The committee is considering current University employees for the vice president position. According to Nieman, the committee is looking at applicants from a wide range of positions around BU. “We’re casting the net very broadly,” he said. “We think that there are a number of people in the University who have the skills to lead this division and we’re hoping to get as many applications as possible.” When finalists for the position have been chosen, students, faculty and staff will

have the opportunity to meet with the finalists to hear their ideas, according to Nieman. These final interviews are not expected to take place until after classes begin in the fall.

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Photo Provided by Jonathan King Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger unveils the Northeastern Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES), funded by a $12.8 million grant, during a press conference. Grants totaling $14 million, including BU’s largest federal award to date, promise to fill upcoming years with research in fields from microbiology to battery technology.

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OPINION Summer 2014

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neWs editor* Nicolas Vega news@bupipedream.com Asst. neWs editors Joseph Hawthorne Carla Sinclair Alex Mackof oPinion editor* Molly McGrath opinion@bupipedream.com releAse editor* Jacob Shamsian release@bupipedream.com Asst. releAse editor Odeya Pinkus

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ongratulations, new Bearcats! You've already made perhaps the most stressful decision in your life so far: choosing to attend Binghamton University.

Whether it was your reach or your safety, your first choice or your last, or you’re here because it’s cheaper than Syracuse, you have arrived at BU at exactly the right time. For starters, the class of 2018 marks the beginning of an unprecedented period of expansion for BU. University President Harvey Stenger unveiled a plan last year that will add 1,000 undergraduates and 3,000 grad students, culminating in a Binghamton University student population of 20,000 by the year 2020. Most of the construction that has plagued campus for the past few years has been completed, which means that you’re not only avoiding the inconvenience the previous classes suffered, you’re also just in time to use those brand new facilities. You have the Marketplace, some brand new dorms and the swanky new CCPD (Center for Career and

Professional Development) space. There is also a pharmacy school coming, opening even more opportunities. It’s not just campus either. Downtown Binghamton looks vastly different from how it did a few years ago. Rental companies are buying up space Downtown and have completely transformed the landscape of the city, creating brand new student housing in the process. When the time comes for you to start thinking about moving off campus, there will be a wide variety of options laid out in front of you. Our sports programs are also improving. Between a baseball program that has appeared in the NCAA tournament three times in the past six years, a women’s lacrosse team that won more games in the first half of the season than it had in any prior season, a men’s tennis squad that won seven consecutive conference

titles and a men’s basketball team in the process of transformation under head coach Tommy Dempsey, and whose incoming class has an average height of 6’ 7”, all 21 teams are looking better. With national college costs on the rise, more students than ever are making the decision to apply to state colleges. Binghamton University is no exception to this trend, with the University receiving a record number of more than 27,000 applications for fall 2013. As one of those selected for admission in fall 2014, you join a class of some the most academically successful students this University admissions team has ever assembled. Your classmates at Binghamton will serve as a resource and, regardless of your discipline, you will meet and collaborate with some of the most interesting, intelligent students in New York state. Welcome home.

Public schools should not be a 'great value'; they should be the norm Molly McGrath Opinion Editor

In countless promotional materials, our university is touted as a “good value” and a “smart affordable option,” but a Binghamton University education is hardly cheap. If anything, it’s overpriced. It doesn’t take a financial guru to conclude that if a student graduating with $80,000 in student loans is said to be getting a “bargain,” the American university system is inherently corrupt and in desperate need of reform. At $22,543 a year (for instate students), Binghamton is what any decent college should cost in the year 2014 if tuition rose in accordance with inflation. Yes, this is a “public ivy,” but given our ranking as the 97th best school in the country according to U.S.

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College costs have lasting consequences top-notch facilities, but in 20 years us SUNY kids will have the last laugh. The problem with this sort of sentiment is that an individual’s financial prosperity does not a functioning economy make. None of us will be laughing when the best and brightest of our generation are left unable to save for retirement, purchase homes, or start families. Binghamton students may graduate with student loan debt, but our debt will be nothing in comparison to the crushing b u r d e n endured by some of our fellow Generation Yrs. A student at Duke University

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News & World Report, some international students would scoff at what prospective students are willing to pay to attend. Trinity College in Dublin, arguably one of the best universities in Europe, charges English students a mere €2,000, or 2,721 USD. Not all European universities carry this low price tag; in fact English students turned to Irish colleges in response to what many called “criminal” tuition hikes, with some universities charging an annual fee of €9000, about 12,000 USD. While European students rightfully protest the rising cost of tuition, we placidly accept these absurd costs and try not to feel slighted by our peers cracking jokes about the quality of a SUNY education. The collective consciousness among the student body is that in the present our friends may carelessly Instagram photos of ivy-covered buildings and

sPorts editor* Ashley Purdy sports@bupipedream.com

paying full tuition at the average rate of interest on student loans (between 5 and 8 percent) would end up paying back nearly half a million dollars. With the life expectancy for a U.S. citizen topping out at 80.1 years, Duke graduates would likely spend a third of their lives in abject poverty with little flexibility to make necessary investments in their futures. W h e n parents stave off retirement and their offspring are overwhelmed with student loans, the economy swings into unbalanced chaos and we will all pay the price. Despite the glaring inconsistency between the rise in college tuition

Our debt will be nothing in comparison to the crushing burden endured by some of our fellow Generation Yrs

costs and inflation, discontent among American students amounts to a dull murmur. It’s time to look beyond the field of sweatshirts bearing the name of respected institutions and pass legislation which limits the cost of secondary education. Several bills are in circulation to put a cap on interest rates, tuition costs, and to set rates based on postgraduation income rather than flat rate. As college students, we must demand a comprehensive omnibus piece of legislation attacking this issue from all sides. Since I enrolled in Binghamton in 2011, tuition rose over $1000 with little to no response. Incoming freshmen class of 2018, do not allow yourselves to passively accept the same fate. It is our responsibility to keep the flagship SUNY relatively affordable. If we don’t speak up, no one will.

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Pipe Dream is published by the Pipe Dream Executive Board, which has sole and final discretion over the newspaper’s content and personnel. *Positions seated on the Executive Board are denoted by an asterisk. Pipe Dream is published Tuesdays and Fridays while classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters, except during finals weeks and vacations. Pipe Dream accepts stimulating, original guest columns from undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. Submissions should be 400 to 500 words in length and be thus far unpublished. Submissions must include the writer’s name and phone number, and year of graduation or expected year of graduation. Graduate students and faculty members should indicate their standing as such, as well as departmmental affiliation. Organizational (i.e. student group) affiliations are to be disclosed and may be noted at Pipe Dream’s discretion. Anonymous submissions are not accepted. Any facts referenced must be properly cited from credible news sources. Pipe Dream reserves the right to edit submissions, and does not guarantee publication. All submissions become property of Pipe Dream. Submissions may be e-mailed to the Opinion Editor at opinion@ bupipedream.com.


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The logistics of an NCAA baseball tournament appearance Though teams get no money for national appearances, travel, per diem costs covered Ashley P urdy Sports Editor

Winning back-to-back America East Championships to advance to the Division I Baseball NCAA Tournament was an impressive feat for the 2014 Binghamton baseball team. Such success brings acclaim and national attention to the program, and that in turn helps to draw recruits. What an NCAA tournament appearance doesn’t bring, however, is direct revenue to the program: Unlike men’s basketball, baseball teams and other programs do not receive a payout from the conference when they secure a berth in the national championships. “With the NCAA basketball tournament, appearances by institutions are compensated through the conference office, and then each conference office has separate policies of the distribution of the share,” said Patrick Elliot, BU director of athletics. “For baseball and actually all other championship sports within the NCAA, that’s not the same. They don’t use that model.” They do, however, receive reimbursement for per diem costs and have all travel expenses covered by the NCAA through their travel agency, Shorts Travel. So while the team’s lengthy trip to Stillwater, Okla. may have been more time consuming than previous NCAA appearances, it didn’t actually cost Binghamton any more than did the trip to Raleigh, N.C. last year or to Greenville, N.C. six years ago. Location and region do factor into regional placement decisions, but more important to the NCAA is ensuring that each region is fairly seeded, and that means certain teams will have to take a hike. “With a 64-team field … they have to make sure that they

distribute the seeding accordingly,” Elliott said. “There were a lot of Northeast conferences and East Coast conferences that got three and four seeds, which means that some of them are going to have to travel just to make sure that you have a balanced field at every site. So in this case, it was us, because in the last two appearances, we did stay on the east coast. In this case, they had us travel.” That theory explains Binghamton’s placement in a Midwestern regional. But Binghamton didn’t receive any special notice to allow for more planning, nor would any team: Each team that secured an NCAA berth got word of its regional placement via national television, when the selection show was broadcast by ESPNU on Monday, May 26. “We don’t find out until the whole world finds out,” Elliott said, “so we have the whole team in the Tau Bearcat Room watching on the big screen and waiting for our name to pop up. Once that occurs, then we’ll know where we’re going and who we’re playing.” This year, the location was Stillwater, the opponent No. 7 Oklahoma State. Sharing the regional was two-seed and No. 19 Nebraska, as well as third-seeded Cal State Fullerton, a team Binghamton would not face. According to NCAA rules, Binghamton would have to arrive on location by Thursday, leaving minimal time to plan travel. “They always require participating teams to be at the site the day before the championships,” Elliot said. “That provides a practice day for our student-athletes as well as some various administrative meetings and coaches’ meetings that occur.” Teams either book commercial flights or charter their own aircraft.

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Binghamton University’s Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott discussed the baseball team’s participation in the NCAA tournament with Pipe Dream.

BU opted to take a commercial flight out of Newark for this season’s trek. Leaving for New Jersey Wednesday afternoon, the team booked out to Tulsa and bused it to Stillwater. Requiring participating teams to arrive at the host institution at least a day in advance allows them to work off traveling stiffness, acquaint themselves with the field and get in some practice before their big games. For the 2014 Binghamton team, those making the trip arrived in Stillwater on Thursday and then played their first game, against host Oklahoma State, at 7 p.m. the following day. Despite an obvious home-field advantage, one of the

NCAA’s rule’s purposes is to abate any further advantage granted by minimal travel and regional proximity. As for the rest of a baseball team’s costs, the expense falls to each individual school. Binghamton’s baseball program generates a very nominal income through ticket sales, a practice that was just started at the two-year-old Varsity Field last season. Additionally, the team will fundraise. However, for a program that does not have the same means to derive revenue as a program like men’s basketball, which produces more proceeds from guarantees – like the $90,000 it secured in participating in the 2014 Hall of

Fame Tip-off – as well as ticket sales, concessions, marketing sales, corporate marketing advertising, and other means, it might seem that those avenues are insufficient. But what BU’s men’s basketball is able to raise through its means is not put aside solely for that one program – the funds are divided throughout all of the school’s 21 programs. “That’s how we’re able to pay for other sports that don’t necessarily have the wherewithal to generate the type of revenue that basketball might be able to,” Elliott said. So through the BU athletic department’s general funding, things like the baseball team’s two

or three weekend trips down south during the colder months of the season become less burdensome. Additionally, according to Elliott, the host institution will also usually provide some sort of financial aid, whether it be through discounted hotels or meals or even something like a $10,000 guarantee, intended to fray traveling costs. For a team usually unable to practice on its own field until late March, those weekend trips to the south – where it’s at least warm enough to play outside – help to keep the players fresh and ready to compete.

Ostner throws complete-game shutout in first start of the season Former relief avoids elimination from AE tournament, propels BU to conference victory Ashley Purdy Sports Editor

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Rising senior pitcher Greg Ostner excelled for Binghamton in both the America East tournament and the Stillwater Regional.

When you’re jacked up like that in a conference tournament, if you don’t win that day, there’s no next game, so you have to give it whatever you got — Greg Ostner rising senior pitcher

Facing elimination from the conference tournament, the America East’s defending champs took it one game at a time in the loser’s bracket. Binghamton dropped its first game to a Hartford team led by pitcher Sean Newcomb – who was selected 15th overall in the most recent MLB draft – but trampled Maine in its first elimination game to stay alive. The Bearcats (25-27) were to face Hartford (31-23) again, and they had to select an arm from their injury-riddled pitching staff to lead them. Rising senior Greg Ostner, who had proven himself the team’s most reliable relief pitcher with a team-high four saves, hadn’t started once in the 2014 season. But between a depleted roster and, more importantly, his improvement, the right-hander was the pitcher of choice with the season’s end on the line. “Greg had been throwing the ball as well as anyone the last half of the season,” head coach Tim Sinicki said of the decision. “So we just felt like in what was really the most important game of our season at the point, why not go with the guy who is available and who has thrown the most effectively over the latter part of the season?” Sinicki told Ostner there were no expectations, that he should just pitch, take it one throw at a time and he could come out when he was ready. That didn’t happen. Ostner stayed in all nine innings. He threw just 105 pitches in what was a complete-game shutout against the team that had routed him only two days earlier. “When you’re jacked up like

that in a conference tournament, if you don’t win that day, there’s no next game, so you have to give it whatever you got,” Ostner said. With his team’s offense exploding for five runs in the first and adding three more throughout the remaining innings, Ostner easily grew comfortable on the mound. In the game, he scattered six hits, struck out four and walked one. Of his 105 pitches, 72 were strikes. He retired the side in order in three innings. When his team needed him, Ostner delivered. “I can’t tell you we knew he was going to throw a completegame shutout for us, but we were confident he would give us a great effort,” Sinicki said. “He’s just that type of young man.” What enabled Ostner to pitch so efficiently was a combination of his own hard work and the trust he invested in his defense. Improving his location, off-speed pitches and fastballs after correcting an issue with the way his left arm was working, Ostner was in prime condition to get ahead of hitters and pound the strike zone. “I like to attack the strike zone as much as I can, and a lot of times that leads into pitching contact,” Ostner said. “Coach [Sinicki] always says you have eight other guys out there that are trying to make outs for you, so I relied a lot on them and everybody all year.” With Binghamton sporting a defense ranked among the top 20 percent of those in Division I, the plan worked. On two occasions against Hartford, one of which came in the ninth, runners got as close as they would to scoring position – second base. Ostner and the field contrived to preserve their shutout. “I actually talked to our center

fielder, Bill Bereszniewicz, and he pulled the outfield in so they could play shallow just in case of a blew pitch, so that they would be able catch it,” Ostner said of Hartford’s ninth-inning opportunity. “The last out of the game was a blew hit to shallow center, and I thought that would be the one that would score runs, but [Bereszniewicz] was right there to catch it.” That 8-0 win over Hartford and two succeeding wins over Stony Brook gave BU the America East crown and accompanying NCAA berth. It also gave Ostner his second start of the season. This time, he faced No. 19 Nebraska, but the pressure was of the same variety: The Bearcats had fallen to No. 7 Oklahoma State in their Stillwater Regional opener, and if they couldn’t beat Nebraska, their season was over. “That was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to go out there with all my friends and family back home watching on ESPN3. I knew there were cameras all around, but I just told myself to focus how I usually would, pitch my own game, and try to block all that out,” Ostner said. After a four-run first inning for the Huskers, Ostner buckled down on the mound, allowing only five hits through the next seven innings. The Bearcats built a 6-5 lead they carried into the ninth. But in their half, the Huskers drew Ostner’s only walk of the game and singled, finding a gap between second base and right field. Ostner stepped off the mound with runners on first and third, and from there, Nebraska drove in three before stifling Binghamton’s opportunity in the bottom of the inning to end the game, 8-6. “We had them up against the

ropes and almost put them down,” Ostner said, “but it was definitely a fun experience.” Ostner finished the season with a 3-2 record and a 2.81 ERA with 57.2 innings pitched. He allowed 21 runs off 59 hits and struck out 23 through 21 appearances, only two of which were starts. If all goes according to plan, that won’t be the case next season. “I work hard to try to be a starter. Ever since freshman year, I always said I’ll accept my role and take whatever is best for the team, depending on whatever’s possible,” Ostner said. “But my end-all goal was to try to become a starter by the time I graduated.” With performances like his when Binghamton needed it most, Ostner proved that he’s as potent a pitcher as any. Sinicki said he talked with Ostner about the possibility of starting next spring, but the head coach has no conclusive rotation yet. “I try not to predict too far in advance,” Sinicki said, “but certainly [Ostner] will be in our mix next year as we try to formulate a rotation for the season.” The rising senior will not be idle as he awaits the upcoming season – like 11 other Binghamton players, he’s busy playing ball in a summer league, pitching for the Valley Baseball League’s Woodstock River Bandits. “The summer is all about getting ready for the spring, getting ready for the fall, just to perfect your craft and try to get that anyway you can,” Ostner said. “And I’ll be a starter down here in Virginia, so that’s definitely going to help me compete for a starting role and try to get ready for next spring to go for another consecutive title.”


SPORTS

Regionals Double Elimination

Super Regionals Best of 3 Series

1 4 3 2

Oregon St. North Dakota St. UC Irvine UNLV

3-2 0-2 3-1 1-2

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Oklahoma St. Binghamton Cal St. Fullerton Nebraska

3-0 0-2 2-2 1-2

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Rice George Mason Texas A&M Texas

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LSU Southeastern La. Bryant Houston

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Florida St. Ga. Southern Kennesaw St. Alabama

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Louisville Kent St. Kansas Kentucky

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Vanderbilt Xavier Clemson Oregon

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Indiana Youngstown St. Stanford Indiana St.

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UC Irvine Texas

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Houston Texas

Louisville Vanderbilt

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Vanderbilt Stanford

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1 4 3 2

3-2 1-2 0-2 3-1

Miami (FL) Bethune-Cookman Columbia Texas Tech

1 4 3 2

2-2 1-2 3-0 0-2

Cal Poly Sacramento St. Pepperdine Arizona St.

1 4 3 2

3-0 1-2 2-2 0-2

TCU Siena Sam Houston St. Dallas Baptist

1 4 3 2

4-1 1-2 0-2 2-2

La.-Lafayette Jackson St. SanDiego St. Mississippi St.

1 4 3 2

3-0 0-2 1-2 2-2

Ole Miss Jacksonville St. Georgia Tech Wasington

1 4 3 2

2-2 1-2 0-2 3-0

South Carolina Campbell Old Dominion Maryland

1 4 3 2

3-0 1-2 0-2 2-2

Virginia Bucknell Liberty Arkansas

1 4 3 2

S E R I E S

3 1 3 1

1 1

Super Regionals Best of 3 Series

College World Series Double Elimination in Bracket Play, then Best of 3 Games Championship Series

C O L L E G E 3 2

11

UC Irvine Vanderbilt

4 6

2 3

Losers Bracket: Texas defeated Louisville 4-1 Texas defeated UC Irvine 1-0 Texas defeated Vanderbilt 4-0 Vanderbilt defeated Texas 4-3

3 5

1 1

8 9

7 2

2 3

Texas Tech 2 TCU 1

2 1

Virgina 1 Mississippi 1

TCU 1 Virgina 1

Losers Bracket: Mississippi defeated Texas Tech 2-1 Mississippi defeated TCU 6-4 Virginia defeated Mississippi 4-0

Virginia Vanderbilt

2014 NCAA DIVISION 1

Summer 2014 | www.bupipedream.com

2 3

NATIONAL CHAMPION VANDERBILT BU Baseball Facts Senior second baseman Daniel Nevares and senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz were both named for ABCA AllNortheast Region honors in 2014.

Senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 28th round of this year's draft. He was the 849th pick overall.

The Bearcats knocked off the top seed two years in a row to win back-to-back America East Championships.

In their 2013 NCAA appearance, the Bearcats competed in the Raleigh Regional. There, they dropped their opener to No. 7 N.C. State, 4-1, before No. 23 Ole Miss eliminated them through a 8-1 rout.

In the past six years, the Binghamton baseball team has made three NCAA Tournament appearances.

This year, Binghamton became the first team in America East history to lose its first game of the championship tournament and rally back, winning the next four to earn the AE title.


Ashley Purdy Sports Editor