VESTAL (WBNG) – “In the preseason we saw that we were projected in the sixth or seventh spot out of seven teams which kind of fired us up a little bit,” said Binghamton sophomore Shane Marshall.
It all started in game one of the America East Tournament, with the score tied at one and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Shane Marshall was coming to the plate.
“I was very aggressive, I got down to 0-2 really quick which kind of hurt me but I was in my two strike approach and luckily I found a hole on the left side and I won the game and it was awesome,” said Marshall.
Marshall delivered a walk-off single to get BU off and running in tournament play.
That hit was just the torch that lit the fire. Throughout the entirety of the America East Tournament, Marshall hit .571 with four home runs and nine RBI, and set the postseason record for most games in a row with a home run.
“I am not really known for being a power hitter. I came in after the regular season with two home runs and then went on a four game home run streak which is crazy to me, I am still not fully realizing what I did,” said Marshall.
Marshall was far and away the best player in the tournament but because of Binghamton’s runner up finish he was disqualified from a chance at tournament MVP.
With his strong performance, America East officials have brought up the possibility of that rule being changed.
“I think that is how it should be, I think it should recognize, no matter if your team wins or not, the best player or who played the best that week in that tournament and I am glad that I started the conversation,” said Marshall.
If you’ve watched Binghamton baseball this season, it should come as no surprise the tournament the sophomore had. Marshall hit .404 over the final three months of the season and his team best .376 average sits third in the program’s all time history.
“Before every year I usually write down in my notes what I want to do and I try to set my goal as high as possible and that was definitely up there in my goals and obviously winning the championship was up there too but it was still a good year,” said Marshall.
After a second place tournament finish and and an all conference selection, Marshall is just getting started as he begins preparation for year three.
“Obviously the end goal is to try and get drafted in the near future but we will see how that goes, just one step at a time.”
Marshall will be playing summer ball in Maine before returning to Binghamton for his junior year.