The Atlantic 10 released their 2019 Baseball Awards on Tuesday. VCU Baseball head coach Shawn Stiffler was named the A-10 Coach of the Year and the Rams had 8 players named to all-conference teams.
Shawn Stiffler won the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year for the first time in his coaching career. His seventh year at the helm led VCU to the A-10 Regular Season championship with a 19-5 conference record. The Rams are 39-17 overall and the #1 seed heading into the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Three Rams were named to the A-10’s All-Conference First Team. Liam Hibbits made the first team as a sophomore and co-led the Rams in home runs with 6. Junior second baseman Paul Witt was second for VCU in hits (74) and RBIs (50). Connor Gillispie also made the team and leads the A-10 in strikeouts (108) as a junior.
On the Second Team, VCU was represented by Zac Ching, Benjamin Dum, and Brett Norwood. Ching has 71 hits, 42 RBIs, 22 doubles, and 6 home runs in his senior season. Norwood was VCU’s leading bas stealer with 24 plate thefts on the year. Dum pitched a 2.27 ERA as VCU’s relief pitcher and collected 61 strikeouts and 4 saves.
Freshmen Evan Chenier and Danny Watson made the A-10 All-Rookie Team. Chenier made 19 appearances for VCU and struck out 28 batters on the mound. Watson made 15 appearances and collected 22 strikeouts.
VCU’s 8 honorees led the A-10 with the most representatives on the awards list. The Black & Gold take the field at Houlihan Park in the A-10 Baseball Tournament on Thursday, May 23rd. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 PM against the winner of #4 Fordham vs. #5 Richmond.