RICHMOND, Va. – The accolades keep rolling in for VCU Baseball, as freshman starting pitcher Michael Dailey was named to the Louisville Slugger's Freshman All-American Baseball Team, as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Dailey became a force once he was inserted into the starting rotation, finishing his season with a 1.57 ERA and a 6-0 record. In 14 total appearances, making 10 starts, Dailey pumped in 69.0 innings, only giving up 12 earned runs on the season. His 47 strikeouts ranked fourth among all Rams hurlers.
His biggest moment of the season was on April 29, when he came just one out away from tossing a no-hitter at George Washington, going the 8.2 innings giving up one hit and walking one. He also defeated George Washington a second time later in the season, giving the Rams a win to open the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship.
Earning Co-Freshman of the Year honors were outfielder Seth Beer of Clemson and outfielder Kevin Strohschein of Tennessee Tech. Beer earned Player of the Year honors in the ACC, accumulating a .369 batting average with 18 home runs, 13 doubles, and 70 RBI. Stroschein hit .393 with 15 home runs, 21 doubles, and 73 RBI.
Colton Eastman of Cal State Fullerton was named Freshman Pitcher of the Year, while Bryce Fehmel was named Freshman Relief Pitcher of the Year. Eastman put up an 8-3 record with a 2.24 ERA and 100 strikeouts, and Fehmel went 10-1 with a 2.31 ERA, two saves, and 51 strikeouts over 26 appearances.