Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
They say in sports numbers never lie.
If that's true, we know a lot about the BU baseball team.
Their batters have scored more runs than any other America East team, and their pitchers have allowed the fewest.
It seems the best matchup in the playoffs would be an intra-squad scrimmage.We take a look at how that matchup would go in this week's action sports spotlight.
It seems this season there is nothing Corey Taylor can't hit.
He leads all America East batters in slugging percentage, home runs and RBI.
He was just named the conference player of the year.
But there's still someone he doesn't want to face.
" I'm just trying to get barrel on the ball. I don't want to be embarrassed by James. I'm taking a hack at the first strike I see."
James is of course teammate James Giulietti, owner of the lowest ERA, most wins and fewest homeruns allowed in conference, and just named co-pitcher of the year.
And James has a plan for this hypothetical matchup.
" You know as a pitcher who doesn't throw as hard he'll be looking away, so i'd throw a first pitch fastball in because it seems like he's going to take it because he'll be like 'Ooh wow, he just threw me in. So then I would work my pitches in and out. He's a really tough hitter to get out."
If Taylor thinks he'd have trouble from the right side, what would lefty Giulietti do to all-conference first baseman Dave Ciocchi, a player his coach calls the toughest out in the league right now.
Ciocchi says, " I think I know how he would pitch me and he knows where I'm good and where I'm not."
" There's some things he doesn't like to hit, but he'll stay on it and hit it sometimes. You've just got to keep guessing with him."
These hypotheticals are far too real for America East opponents.
Batters have had a hard enough time getting on base against Giulietti, and if a pitcher is lucky enough to get Ciocchi out, Taylor is waiting on deck, with plenty more firepower waiting behind him.
Ciocchi says, " Knowing that the guy behind you is going to protect you, it does take a lot of pressure off. You know you don't press and if you don't get the job done the guy behind you will always pick you up."
Taylor adds, " I've had my fair share of really bad games this year, but the other hitters were right there to pick me up. If somebody has a bad game the next person is there to pick them up. And hopefully we can keep that going."