RICHMOND, Va. – A lot of baseball experts talk about how important it is to be strong in the middle of the field, from behind the plate to on the mound to the middle infield and centerfield.

The 2014 VCU Baseball team was a great example of that as two of its strongest seasons came from shortstop Vimael Machin and centerfielder Bill Cullen.

 For their outstanding play, the pair was recently honored by VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Directors) as part of the 2014 All-State squad. Machin earned First-Team accolades, while Cullen was honored on the Second-Team.

Machin, a junior from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, earned Second Team All Atlantic 10 and All-Region honors after a breakout season at the plate. He ranked second in the A-10 behind Cullen with 52 RBIs to go along with a career-high average of .307.

Cullen, a senior from Colonial Heights, capped a stellar offensive career, finishing in the top-ten all-time at VCU in six offensive categories. This spring, he led the A-10 in RBIs with 55 and posted team highs in triples (6) and doubles (18). He also set the VCU school record with 20 career triples.