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Junior hits all the right notes on baseball field, in class

By : Anthony Naglieri

Brendon Hitchcock sings the national anthem before the Feb. 18 menís basketball game.
He has hit fastballs, he has hit the books and now he’s hitting the high notes. Since arriving on campus two years ago, Binghamton University junior Brendon Hitchcock has truly done it all.

A dean’s list accounting student and an all-conference men’s baseball player, Hitchcock is the essence of the well-rounded student athlete.

So as the University celebrated National Student Athlete Day during a men’s basketball game in February, it was only fitting that “Hitch,” as he is affectionately known, was on hand to showcase a talent other than his sweet batting stroke and knack for numbers: his love of performance.

“Theater and vocal singing has always been part of my life. It’s just something that I have always done and have enjoyed doing,” Hitchcock said. “The way I look at it, if you have the talent, it’s a waste not to use it. I was blessed with an ability to sing, so I choose to sing.”

And so the Laceyville, Pa., native took center stage before a crowd of 4,380 and belted out the national anthem.

As a teenager, Hitchcock performed during the summer with a local community theater, where he held lead roles in The Music Man and Damn Yankees. He also joined a traveling quartet, singing at nearby churches and community events.

“I enjoy performing, period,” he said. “Whether it’s on the athletic field or the stage, it brings enjoyment to people and that’s what draws me to it.”

The rigorous schedule of a student- athlete has forced Hitchcock to put his love of the performing arts on hold.

“Unfortunately, it has kind of had to be put on the back burner,” he said. “I definitely miss not having the same opportunity to perform as often as I used to. But, that’s the sacrifice you have to make as a student-athlete. Without question, it is a part of my life I will look to reinvent down the road.”

Hitchcock’s sophomore year saw the slugger notch a programbest 73 hits en route to compiling the 32nd highest batting average in the nation (.399), while playing an integral role in the program’s most successful Division I season.

“Brendon is a remarkable young man,” baseball head coach Tim Sinicki said. “He plays, studies and performs with a tremendous amount of passion and is unbelievably focused.”

Hitchcock was the lone underclassman selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District I first team last year. Hitchcock was one of just four infielders chosen from District I, which encompasses seven states and five Canadian provinces.

Just before the baseball season, Hitchcock was busy flexing his academic muscle. He and four School of Management classmates finished second overall in Price- WaterhouseCooper’s extreme accounting (xAct) competition.

“It really opened my eyes to the world of business and the accounting profession in general,” he said. “To be able to meet and speak with high-level executives from one of the nation’s largest and most renowned accounting firms was just incredible.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08