Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Offense has helped the BU baseball team dominate.
They have topped double digits in runs 11 times during conference season, 3 times going over 20 runs.
They lead the league in batting, slugging and on-base percentage, and as they tell}us in this week's action sports spotlight, they hope to keep circling the bases in the post season.
It's akin to the chicken and the egg.
Does the BU offense click because the top of the order gets on base, or because the middle of the lineup drives them in?
The simple and obvious answer is .... Both.
Vestal grad Corey Taylor, who bats cleanup and leads the team in home runs, says, " It's very important. You don't understand how much confidence I have when I get up to the plate know 2 or 3 guys are on base."
Outfielder Henry Dunn, who bats second in the lineup, says, " We have Corey batting 4th for us, and he's one of the most dangerous hitters in our conference and we just try to get on base for him. We did a pretty good job so far."
Coach Tim Sinicki says, " The middle of our lineup, guys like Corey and Dave Ciocchi they've really been the beneficiaries of our guys at the top of our order getting on base."
Taylor has developed from a solid player at Vestal high school to a standout in the America East.
He broke the school record for career home runs and last time out set a new season mark for runs batted in, breaking the record he set last year.
It's not all offense, starter James Guiletti is 10th in the nation in ERA, and as a team the Bearcats lead the America East in ERA.
But if that offense continues to pound out home runs, they may get to trot their way back to the NCAA tournament.