Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
As you've seen, the BU baseball team has been built up around local talent.
Well another team on campus has gone a different route.
They are enjoying one of the best seasons in school history, in any sport, and as we see in this week's action sports spotlight, they know exactly where they want to go.
" I think probably I'm getting a few more calls than I used to, and I have people knocking on the door wanting to come play for Binghamton. "
And there's no doubt the majority of those phone calls are coming from outside the 607 area code.
There are 11 players on the team. One comes from the United States. The other 10 are from 10 different countries.
Coach Adam Cohen says, " I opted to try and use some of the international contacts that I had established over the years from working in Minnesota, and went over seas to find some of these guys and get them to come to Binghamton, because we didn't want to be second fiddle to anybody."
That strategy has worked.
The Bearcats are 22-1 on the season, winners of 17 straight and ranked among the top 50 schools in the country.
That's not as big a surprise as you may think.
The team went 14-8 a year ago, and returned all their players.
" We are probably going to be the second best team in the region. When I got here 4 years ago we weren't even ranked in the region. So we've come a long ways."
Top singles player Sven Vloedgraven says, " We returned all the guys and have gotten a little better. The other teams lost guys while we got everybody back."
From here the plan is simple....just keep winning.
If the Bearcats do that, they could avoid playing a top-15 team in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and then, who knows.
" The last 2 years, those teams were just a little too good for us, so hopefully if we make the tournament the team won't be in the top 16 and maybe we have a chance to advance a round."