Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For the Binghamton University baseball team, the NCAA Tournament is not uncharted territory, and neither is the big-time atmosphere.
That's what the Bearcats are hoping to call on as they head to Stillwater, OK for the NCAA Regionals this weekend.
BU is in the NCAA's for the second straight year, and has the experience of playing two ACC schools and an SEC squad during the regular season this year.
Those games against Duke, Georgia and Boston College give BU the mentality that it can compete against anyone in the country.
"Ultimately, what we've told our team the entire year is that it doesn't matter who is in the dugout across from you. Just take care of what you do best and good things typically happen," said coach Tim Sinicki after the selection show. "We'll go out there and not try to be any more than who we are or what we are and hopefully that approach will continue to have us play good baseball, which we're doing right now."
"We played Georgia earlier in the season, and if that's not a big atmosphere, I don't know what is," said senior Bill Bereszniewicz. "Duke was the same way. Big stadium, big-time players, and I thought we competed very well in both those series."
The Bearcats are in a regional with Oklahoma State, Cal St. Fullerton and Nebraska.
Interesting enough, the last time BU played Oklahoma State was the opening series of the season in 2005. That year, former Twins starter Scott Diamond made his first career college start and got tagged for the loss in a 23-3 route.
Binghamton hopes for some different results when it meets the Cowboys on Friday night.