CULLEN EARNS LOUISVILLE SLUGGER FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA HONORS

TUCSON, Ariz. – Virginia Commonwealth University outfielder Bill Cullen on Wednesday received Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Cullen came on strong down the stretch and concluded his rookie campaign hitting .324 (tied for the second-best average on the team) with 12 doubles, four triples and 33 RBI.  Serving as VCU's leadoff hitter, he accounted for 73 of the Rams' 309 runs (40 runs scored/33 RBI), one shy of the team lead, while finishing second in on-base percentage (.412) and third in slugging percentage (.433).  Cullen also drew a team-best 29 walks and went 15-for-20 in stolen bases.

The centerfielder caught fire during the second half of the season and became one of the Rams' most consistent offensive threats.  Cullen hit .415 (34-for-82) with 19 RBI, 19 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, a home run and eight walks during the final 19 games of the season, including a team-long 13-game hitting streak.

The Colonial Heights, Va., native belted his first career home run and finished with a team-best seven RBI and eight runs scored during the Rams' final series of the season at UNC Wilmington (May 19-21).

Cullen, who earned second team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors while being named to the league's all-rookie squad, was one of four CAA freshmen receiving All-America honors.  He joins Northeastern's Aaron Barbosa, James Madison's Ty McFarland and Old Dominion's Joey Burney.

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