RICHMOND – VCU Baseball placed three players on Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams, as released by the conference office Tuesday afternoon. Freshman Hogan Brown earned Second Team and All-Rookie honors, while seniors Daane Berezo and Mitchel Lacey each landed on the All-Academic Team.
Winning A-10 Player of the Year was George Washington’s Isiah Pasteur, while Saint Louis’ Miller Hogan won Pitcher of the Year and Head Coach Darin Hendrickson won Coach of the Year. Fordham’s Jake McKenzie took home Rookie of the Year honors, ending VCU’s streak of winning the award two years in a row.
Brown, a freshman from Virginia Beach, Va., put together one of the best freshman seasons in the country. Finishing with a .356 batting average which was third best in the Atlantic 10 overall, and the best on-base percentage in the conference with a .451. Appearing in 43 games with 38 starts, he would finish second on the team in doubles with 11 while collecting a triple, 21 RBI, 23 walks, and seven stolen bases.
Berezo, a senior from Wexford, Pa., has been a staple in the lineup since 2015. A member of the 2015 Super Regional squad, Berezo became a leader for the Rams this season. He finished the regular season hitting .308 appearing in all 55 games for VCU at second base. His 64 hits ranked first on the team, while he also led the Black & Gold in doubles with 12. He drove in a career-high 30, and also led VCU in walks with 26.
Lacey, a senior from Mechanicsburg, Pa., broke out in his senior season, mashing a career-best five home runs during the regular season while putting up a .279 batting average. Also appearing in all 55 games for VCU, he collected 10 doubles and 27 RBI while finishing second in walks with 25. He also led the team in hit by pitches with 15.
For a complete listing of award winners, check out the OFFICIAL RELEASE from the Atlantic 10. VCU opens up the conference tournament against the third-seeded Fordham Rams at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.