Rams Picked Third in Atlantic 10 Preseason Coaches Poll

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The VCU Baseball team has already earned the respect of its Atlantic 10 Conference peers.  On Thursday, the Rams were selected to finish third out of 15 teams in the league's annual preseason coaches poll.

VCU was picked only behind Saint Louis, who held a share of last year's regular season conference championship, and Rhode Island.

The Rams return a talented core of last year's roster that finished 34-25 (15-15 CAA) and advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. VCU returns seven position starters, including their entire starting infield along with five pitchers from a season ago. The Black and Gold also return All-CAA honorees juniors Joey Cujas (first team) and Bill Cullen (third team), as well as sophomore Vimael Machin (all-rookie).

Charlotte was picked to finish fourth followed by Dayton (fifth) and Richmond (sixth). Xavier was picked seventh, while Saint Joseph's is eighth, Fordham is ninth, Massachusetts is 10th and St. Boanventure is 11th. La Salle was selected 12th followed by Temple (13th), Butler (14th) and George Washington (15th).  

The newly-expanded, seven-team, double-elimination A-10 Baseball Championship will take place at Charlotte's Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium from May 22-25.

VCU opens the season in the Country Inn and Suites Elon Invitational against Boston College on Feb. 15 at 11 a.m.  The Rams open up their inaugural season in the A-10 with a home series against Butler on March 22-25.


2013 A-10 Baseball Predicted Order of Finish

RK       SCHOOL (1st-place votes)       points            2012 Record

1.        Saint Louis (10)                            210                41-18/17-7

2.        Rhode Island (2)                          197                33-25/16-8

3.          VCU (3)                                          193                34-25/15-15 CAA

4.        Charlotte                                     168                21-32/9-14

5.        Dayton                                        149                31-30/17-7

6.        Richmond                                    147                30-26/14-10

7.        Xavier                                         146                28-28/13-11

8.        Saint Joseph's                              120                25-32/13-10

9.        Fordham                                      109                22-34/12-12

10.      Massachusetts                               89                 22-22/14-10

11.      St. Bonaventure                            74                 23-25/10-14

12.      La Salle                                        67                 20-33/7-17

13.      Temple                                        56                  19-34/7-17

14.      Butler                                          42                  22-34/10-20 Horizon

15.      George Washington                       33                  20-35/6-18