RICHMOND, Va. – While most college students are enjoying time on the beach or hanging out with their friends, several members of the VCU baseball team were working on their craft and elevating their game.
"Summer ball is a great time for our guys to get some extra work in and really focus on one or two areas of their game," Head Coach Shawn Stiffler said. "It keeps them in competitive environments year-round and provides great preparation for when our guys get back on campus."
Thirteen different student-athletes hit the playing fields this summer from Michigan to Connecticut and lots of places in between. In action were rising seniors Cody Acker (NECBL – Danbury), James Bunn (NECBL – Danbury) and Jimmy Kerrigan (Coastal Plain – Peninsula), rising juniors Logan Farrar (Cal Ripken – Bethesda), Alex Gransback (Great Lakes – Grand Lake), Matt Jamer (Valley – Charlottesville) and Nick Rabat (Prospect – Butler) and rising sophomores Brett Hileman (AAABA – Wise Trailers), Travis Reapsome (Hamptons – Riverhead), Daane Berezo (Prospect – Butler), Jeff Welch (ACBL – Quakertown), Haiden Lamb (American Legion – Mechanicsville) and Mitchel Lacey (Hamptons – Riverhead).
Three different Rams earned All-Star accolades during the break with Gransback (.289 average, 21 runs scored, five stolen bases), Acker (.367 average, eight doubles, 19 runs, seven stolen bases) and Farrar (.290 average, two home runs, 17 runs and 10 stolen bases) all receiving recognition for their outstanding play.
Other Rams who enjoyed successful summers were Hileman (.489 average, seven doubles, 12 RBI in 15 games), Kerrigan (.328 average, eight doubles, four home runs, 34 runs and 25 RBI in 37 games) and Lamb who helped his squad to its third district title in the past four years.
The Black & Gold are coming off a historic run to the Super Regionals and will hit the fall practice field this September with their annual Fall World Series happening in October.