Rams finish ranked #17 in final NCBWA Poll

RICHMOND, Va. – A historic season for the VCU Baseball program was recognized by the national media on Thursday as the Rams were ranked #17 in the final National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association poll.

"This is really a testament to the hard work and dedication our players have put in," Head Coach Shawn Stiffler said. "This program has a rich tradition of tremendous players and our student-athletes have worked hard to continue that tradition and it has paid off with this recent success. It's nice to see them being recognized on the national level."

This spring, VCU captured its first-ever regional championship and a berth in the Super Regionals with fifth-ranked Miami. The Rams won 40 games for the sixth time in program history.

The Black & Gold's first-ever Atlantic 10 title gave VCU its seven NCAA postseason berth in the past 15 years.

The ranking marked the second straight season that the Black & Gold earned a Top-25 spot. In the spring of 2014, the Rams started 20-3 to earn the #25 spot in the USA Today College Baseball poll.

Last year's ranking marked the first time VCU entered the top-25 since 2003, a year in which the Rams led the country in earned run average.