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THIRTEEN STUDENT-ATHLETES SET TO JOIN RAMS FOR 2014 SEASON
RICHMOND, Va. – With classes getting underway on campus, Head Coach Shawn Stiffler and VCU Baseball program announced its newcomers for the upcoming 2014 season.
Six Virginia natives highlight a 13-member class that brings a mixture of both incoming freshman and transfers. There are six pitchers, three infielders, two outfielders, a catcher and a two-way player that add both talent and depth to the Rams' roster.
"We're obviously extremely excited about this year's incoming class," Stiffler said. "Coach Palumbo, Coach Elbin and Coach Voltz did an unbelievable job of identifying and building relationships with student-athletes, who not only possesses tremendous baseball abilities, but also come from great backgrounds and have great character. We felt like we have met every need possible in this class with speed, defense, left-handed power, bats that can play in the middle of our lineup and power arms."
Meet the newest members of the VCU Baseball program:
RAMS BACK IN ACTION AT THE DIAMOND
RICHMOND, Va. – While the Major League Baseball regular season is coming to a close, the VCU Baseball season is just getting started.
Head Coach Shawn Stiffler and the Rams will open up fall practice next Wednesday, September 25 at The Diamond.
"Our guys have been working really hard in individual workouts and the weight room so we're all excited to get back on the field and compete," Stiffler said. "It's the first time we're able to come together as a complete team. Not only are do we want to get some situational work in, but it's a crucial time for us to improve as a group. We're eager to get started."
Intersquad scrimmages will be held throughout the fall and are open to the public. Games will be held every Monday (3 p.m.), Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (11 a.m.).
The annual Black & Gold World Series will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Friday, Nov. 1. Times for those games will be announced at a later date.
RAMS SET TO DO BATTLE IN ANNUAL BLACK & GOLD WORLD SERIES
RICHMOND, Va. – While the MLB is focused on their version of the World Series in St. Louis, the VCU Baseball team is getting ready of its own version with the annual Black & Gold World Series at The Diamond.
"This week is really about just competing against each other," Head Coach Shawn Stiffler said. "We break up the teams evenly and some guys may play out of position a little bit, but really it's just about getting out there and competing. The guys really buy into it and it's a great way to end our fall practices."
The two teams have been split into a Black squad (led by Volunteer Assistant Seth Cutler-Voltz) and the Gold squad (led by Assistant Coach Kurt Elbin).
All games will be played at The Diamond and will be open to the public with free admission.
The opening game of the series will see Matt Blanchard face off against Heath Dwyer.
Game #1: Monday, October 28 – 3 p.m.
Game #2: Wednesday, October 30 – 6:30 p.m.
Game #3: Friday, November 1 – 6:30 p.m.
Black Team (Cutler-Voltz)/ Gold Team (Elbin)
Cody Acker/ Chris Ayers
Joey Bugas/ Matt Blanchard
Bill Cullen/ James Bunn
Matt Davis/ Darian Carpenter
Heath Dwyer/ Michael Carpenter
Logan Farrar/ Daniel Concepcion
Brian Goodling/ Tom Crimi
Brett Hileman/ Joey Cujas
JoJo Howie/ Shane Dressler
Logan Kanuik/ Thomas Gill
Bryce Lee/ Seth Greene
Matt Lees/ Alex Gransback
Vimael Machin/ Walker Haymaker
Nick Octavi/ Matt Jamer
Landon Prentiss/ Trevor Marino
Assistant Coach: Tyler Buckley /Assistant Coach: Dan Black
EIGHT GAMES AGAINST NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS HIGHLIGHTS 2014 VCU BASEBALL SCHEDULE
RICHMOND, Va.- Twenty-five home games and eight games against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago highlight a challenging 2014 VCU Baseball schedule, announced today by Head Coach Shawn Stiffler.
"We're excited about this year's schedule with lots of opportunities to battle with some of the best programs on the East Coast," Stiffler said. "We've got a tough non-conference slate that will set us up for a highly competitive A-10 slate. Our student-athletes and coaching staff are excited about the challenge."
The challenges start in the opening weekend (Feb. 14-16) when VCU travels to Georgia Tech to play in a tournament, which features Radford, Old Dominion and perennial ACC power Georgia Tech.
Baseball America's Pre Season College picks are out and, no surprise, St. Louis is picked as the only A10 team to make the CWS. BA does list Bill Cullen (OF) and Vimael Machin (SS) as the A10's 6th and 8th best draft prospects respectivley.
I know the Rams are still coping with the loss of Coach Keyes, the adjustment to the A10 schedule, and the struggles of recruiting with limited resources and facilities....but I'm REALLY hoping Coach Stiffler and Staff can bring the Rams back to college baseball relevance.
At least we're not like Temple...whom had to drop 7 of their 24 sports in order to keep up in football. those guys SUCK!!! But I believe in Rams Baseball....and those kids deserve a dedicated facility to call their own!!!
It time for the Rams to return to our winning ways on the diamond!
Defending Champion Saint Louis Tops A-10 Baseball Poll
2014 Atlantic 10 Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll Pts. (first-place votes)
1. Saint Louis 143 (11)
2. VCU 122 (1)
3. Rhode Island 120
4. Richmond 104
5. George Mason 90
6. Saint Joseph’s 81
7. George Washington 68
8. La Salle 60
9. Fordham 43
10. Dayton 40
11. Massachusetts 36
12. St. Bonaventure 29
can you feel spring blowing our way!!!!!
RAMS OFFENSE POWERS PAST RADFORD 9-4
RAMS DOWN RIVAL ODU 6-3 AT THE BATTLE IN MIDTOWN
Rams picked up a big win over a solid acc team by beating ga. Tech today. Go Rams!
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