VCU Rams baseball
|2014 VCU Rams baseball team|
|University||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Head Coach||Shawn Stiffler (2nd year)|
|Home Stadium||The Diamond (Richmond, Virginia)
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1988, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010|
|2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010|
VCU Rams baseball represents Virginia Commonwealth University in all NCAA Division I baseball competitions. This program, established in 1971, is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Rams possess an 867-792-5 record with a 155-81 record in-conference (CAA). The head coach for the Rams is Shawn Stiffler, who replaced Paul Keyes after Keyes' death in 2013. Significant past events are: First place CAA finishes in 1997, 1998, & 2003; 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, & 2010 CAA Tournament champions, 8 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1996; and an average of 30 or more wins (56 game schedule) in each of the past 11 seasons.
In 1987, VCU went 25-22 for its first winning season in school history. The next year, the Rams made their first NCAA regional appearance.
- 8 NCAA Regionals
- 24 All-CAA honorees
- 16 All-Americans
- 5 CAA Championships
VCU holds distinction as one of only two CAA Tournament teams that has produced a 1-hitter during the tournament, the other being Maika Symmonds of ODU, vs. Richmond, 5-20-95. Ram pitcher, Matt Prendergast, accomplished this feat against George Mason on May 25, 2003. VCU and GMU share the record for most RBI in a tournament with 11 by Brandon Inge, VCU, 1997 (4 games) and 11 by Jeff Palumbo, GMU, 2003 (5 games). The Rams also hold CAA Tournament records for most appearances by a single pitcher with 6 by Brian Marshall in 2002 (1 win, 4 saves), most strikeouts with 17 by Sean Marshall, also in 2002, (3 games, 12.0 IP), and most saves with 4 by Brian Marshall, again in 2002 (6 games).
VCU has produced several MLB draftees, some of whom have continued on to enjoy successful careers in MLB. Among these are: Brandon Inge (DET, 3B), Scott Sizemore (OAK, 3B), Sean Marshall (CHC, RP), Cody Eppley (NYY, RP).
- Rookie of the Year (1996) & Co-player of the Year (1998), Brandon Inge, in 1996, 1997, & 1998
- Coach of the Year, Paul Keyes, 1997, 1998, & 2003
- Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Matt Davis, in 2001
- Rookie of the Year (2001), Sean Marshall
- Jason Dubois in 1998, 1999, & 2000
- Rookie of the Year (2004), Harold Mozingo
- Co-Defensive player of the Year (2005), Pete Farina
- Rookie of the Year (2005), Sergio Miranda
- Defensive Player of the Year (2007), Sergio Miranda
In the 2006 MLB Draft, 28 CAA players were selected, including 3 from VCU - Harold Mozingo (RHP, KC, overall pick #167), Scott Sizemore (2B, DET, overall pick #142), and Michael Gibbs (RHP, COL, overall pick #498). Conferences comparable to the CAA, such as the Southern Conference the West Coast Conference, had 12 and 24 players drafted, respectively.