Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Returning every position player off an NCAA Tournament appearance, expectations couldn't have been higher for the Binghamton University baseball team entering the season. But they've come down to earth a bit.
The Bearcats struggled a little in the non-conference and then finished below .500 in America East play, which landed them a three seed entering this week's tournament.
That's not exactly living up to the expectations set at the start, but coach Tim Sinicki believes the long season has them ready to go.
"Would I say it's a disappointment? I don't think it was a disappointment. We're in a position where we're playing our best baseball of the year. We try to preach to our guys all the time that you don't win championships in February and March, you win them in May," said Sinicki. "Our goal is to learn from our experiences in those early months, and then come end of April, you play your best baseball and I think we're doing that right now."
Last season the Bearcats entered the America East tournament as the number two seed, so being the three seed isn't a big difference. After making it to eight consecutive conference tournaments, BU understands what they need to do in the tourney.
"Last year, we definitely felt our best going into the tournament," said senior Bill Bereszniewicz. "I think it's the same thing this year. We have a lot of great players, a lot of veteran guys who have been here before. We just can't wait to get going."
The Bearcats get Hartford in Game 1, which is Thursday at 6 p.m. in Lowell, Massachusetts.