BU 'not afraid' of facing Hartford ace

By wbng sports

May 22, 2014 Updated May 22, 2014 at 12:01 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The BU baseball team has been down this road before. The Bearcats make their eighth consecutive trip to the America East Tournament starting on Thursday.

This year, as the number 3 seed, the Bearcats look to make a similar run as last year when BU went on to win the America East Tournament title.

But in Game 1 vs. Hartford, they're up for quite a challenge.

BU expects to see Hawks junior lefty Sean Newcomb in the first game of the double elimination tournament.

That is trouble. Newcomb has been the best in the conference all season, and could be a top 25 pick in the MLB Draft this summer.

In two games against him, BU lost both and managed no runs on just 7 hits in 14 innings.

But don't be mistaken, Binghamton isn't psyched out by the challenge.

"Newcomb is a great pitcher. He's definitely one of the best this conference has ever seen in terms of numbers and in terms of projectability down the line," said senior Bill Bereszniewicz. "I think we also have a lot of great players. I know for a fact we're not afraid of him. We're going to do everything we can to make him have a rough day."

"He's very talented and very good," said coach Tim Sinicki. "But you know when you put yourself in this position for the postseason, you want to play against the best, you want to challenge yourselves. And I think our guys are looking forward to that opportunity."

BU kicks off its title defense on Thursday at 6 in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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