Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For Binghamton University redshirt sophomore Brian Ruby, winning has become a part of his baseball career. It started winning titles in Little League. That was followed by a New York State high school championship with Maine-Endwell in 2008. A year he was named the Class A player of the year.
Now, Ruby is onto the next challenge, a College World Series title.
"For me, it's just kind of surreal right now, thinking I've been through all these cool things in my life and I'm getting to do it with a group of guys I love to death," said Ruby.
He says he'd rather point the spotlight towards his teammates and coaches as the reason for the Bearcats success. Ruby credits them for some of his individual success.
"I feel like this group of guys is a little bit different than I've ever played with in my life. These guys, we go in the weight room and work 100 percent in a day. Every body's putting forth their best effort."
He feels comfortable at Binghamton University because he gets to see his family and friends on a daily basis. Last season, his first at the division one level, he led the team in batting average. And while it has dipped this season, he's still an important part of the Bearcats offense.
"Brian has proven to be a winner, plain and simple," said coach Tim Sinicki. "He was a winner at the scholastic level. He's proven himself at the Division 1 level. He's had some all conference accolades last year and he was a key ingredient to our success this past weekend at the America East tournament."
The Bearcats just need some timely hitting, and a little bit of luck and maybe, just maybe, Ruby will be able to add another title to his resume, College Baseball World Series Champion.