May 20, 2014

FIVE RAMS EARN ALL-ATLANTIC 10 HONORS

ST. LOUIS – After locking up VCU's first Atlantic 10 tournament berth, five Rams were awarded Atlantic 10 accolades.

Three of VCU's standouts earned spots on the second team, lead by seniors Chris Ayers and Bill Cullen. While classmate Joey Cujas earned a place on the All-Academic team. Joining the senior trio was junior Vimael Machin on the second team and freshman Logan Farrar on the All-Rookie unit.

Cullen was named a second team outfielder after leading the conference in RBI with 53. The senior also posted the conference's best total in triples (6) and finished second in doubles (16).

During the season, Cullen set the career triples record at VCU (20) on April 20 at the University of Richmond. The Colonial Heights, Va. native also ranks within the top ten career lists at VCU in at-bats (3rd, 860), hits (5th, 272), runs (5th, 187), doubles (2nd, 64) and walks (8th, 109).

Fellow senior, catcher Chris Ayers joins Cullen on the second team after leading the Black and Gold in average (.333) including a .341 clip against Atlantic 10 foes. Ayers currently ranks as the 12th toughest hitter to stikeout in the country, only going down on strikes eight times this season.

The Chesterfield, Va. native also proved to be sturdy catcher behind the plate with a .992 fielding percentage, making two errors in 253 chances.

Four-year starter Joey Cujas was rewarded for both his performance on the field and in the classroom by being named to the All-Academic team. Cujas currently sits just 13 hits away from becoming the second Ram to reach 300.

The senior third basemen has scored 41 runs and driven in 29 more runs, while boasting a .296 average for the Black and Gold.

Slick fielding shortstop Vimael Machin also earned a spot on the league's second team. The shortstop finished with the second best RBI total in the league with 51.

Machin paired his RBI total with the second best average on the team, coming in at .320. The San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico native currently has the ninth most sacrifice flies in all of college baseball with eight.

Freshman Logan Farrar rounded out the honors with an All-Rookie team selection. The speedy designated hitter batted .301 and drove in 24 RBI from the back half of the order.

On the year, Farrar recorded seven extra base hits with four doubles, two triples and one home run.

The Rams will open play in the Atlantic 10 tournament tomorrow at 10 a.m. (CT) against Richmond in St. Louis.

FULL LIST OF ATLANTIC 10 AWARDS

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