Former Ram, Granato, Member of Italian National Team in the World Baseball Classic

RICHMOND, Va. – Former VCU Baseball standout Anthony Granato is getting the chance to play against some of the world's best baseball competition
as a member of the Italian National team in the World Baseball Classic.

Granato played for the Rams during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, and helped lead the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in 2003. He finished his VCU career with a .319 batting average, 134 hits, 27 doubles, 10 triples, 10 homeruns and 84 RBI.

Following his career with the Rams, Granato was drafted  by the Chicago Cubs organization and played three seasons in their minor league system. He continued his baseball career in the Independent League as well as the Italian League until 2011.

The Italian team is 1-0 in Pool D and continues play in the World Baseball Classic on Friday, March 8 at 2 p.m. versus Canada.

Granato joins a recent string of VCU alumni to play on the world stage. In the 2012 London Olympics the Rams were represented by Hayley Moorwood (New Zealand – Women's Soccer) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (Turkey – Women's Basketball).