Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) When a team makes a run to the NCAA tournament usually the questions involve how do you replace a star shortstop or center fielder. When it comes to the BU baseball team very few of those questions apply.
The Bearcats return all nine starting position players and two of their four starting pitchers from a team that won the America East Tournament title last year.
Now, a year older, the Bearcats have their eyes on another trip to the regionals. It's a luxury head coach Tim Sinicki said he hasn't had in any of his previous 21 seasons as BU's head coach.
"To really be able to look at the line-up and be able to say the opening day at Duke that it could conceivably be the very same line-up that we started against NC State in the regionals last year is very rare," said Sinicki. "That goes from all position players, to DH, to the starter on the mound. That's something new to us."
"To have the same defense is special, to have all nine guys coming back, that never happens," said Jack Rogalla, a redshirt junior pitcher. "As a pitcher I'm lucky, I'm going to have the same faces back there."
The Bearcats open the season with a trip to Duke starting February 14th.