SALUTE TO CHAMPIONS: Baseball
This is the final installment of the Atlantic10.com's summer series that featured a sport-by-sport look back at the 2014-15 season and championships. Today's look back: Baseball.
Atlantic 10 baseball fans were treated to an extremely competitive regular season that saw three teams tied for the the top seed heading into the season's last weekend of play. The Saint Louis Billikens ulitmately earned the top-seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Championship for the fourth consecutive season, finishing one game ahead of Rhode Island and Richmond. Overall, only three games in the standings separated the top seed in the bracket from the seventh seed.
Tyler Wilson of Rhode Island, the eventual A-10 Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on April 20 following a complete game performance against Richmond. The Palmer, Mass. native needed just 85 pitches to record 27 outs in his sixth consecutive quality start. He struck out three and issued just two walks over nine complete frames.
VCU captured its first Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Championship with a 5-3 victory over Rhode Island at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va.
The Rams went a perfect 4-0 in the championship defeating fifth seed Davidson, regular season champion and top seed, Saint Louis, and second seeded Rhode Island twice.
VCU's Darian Carpenter, drove in two runs and scored for the Rams en route to being named the Championship's Most Outstanding Player.
Joining Carpenter on the All-Championship team were Davidson's Ryan Lowe and Lee Miller, George Washington's Brandon Chapman and Robbie Metz, Rhode Island's Steve Moyers, Ryan Olmo and Jordan Powell, Richmond's Michael Morman and VCU's Matt Davis, Walker Haymaker and Jojo Howie.
Richmond’s Michael Morman was selected as the 2015 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year while Rhode Island’s Wilson was named both Pitcher and Rookie of the Year. Rams’ skipper Raphael Cerrato was honored as the A-10 Coach of the Year.
The VCU Rams, a four seed playing in the Dallas Regional, defeated Oregon State and regional host Dallas Baptist twice to advance to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time in school history. The Rams were the first A-10 squad to advance to the Super Regionals since Richmond in 2002.
VCU traveled to Coral Gables, Fla. to take on the Miami Hurricanes. The Rams dropped game one by a score of 3-2, before ultimately being eliminated in game two, 10-3.
A total of 13 A-10 student-athletes were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft. VCU shortsop Vimael Machin was first off the board after being selected in the 10th round (#293) by the Chicago Cubs. Twelve other A-10 standouts were selected on the final day of the MLB Draft.
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