VCU Rams baseball

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VCU Rams
Founded: 1971
2014 VCU Rams baseball team
VCU Rams athletic logo

University Virginia Commonwealth University
Conference Atlantic 10
Location Richmond, VA
Head Coach Shawn Stiffler (2nd year)
Home Stadium The Diamond (Richmond, Virginia)
(Capacity: 9,560)
Nickname Rams
Colors

Black and Gold

            
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1988, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
Conference Champions
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.[1] 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.

Accomplishments[edit]

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.[2]

  • 8 NCAA Regionals
  • 24 All-CAA honorees
  • 16 All-Americans
  • 5 CAA Championships

Records[edit]

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).[3]

Alumni[edit]

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).[4]

Noteworthy contributions to CAA All-Conference teams [3][edit]

  • 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

Results of the 2006 MLB Draft [4][edit]

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.

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