RICHMOND, Va. – "Getting to Know" will be a weekly feature that will highlight student-athletes from the 16 intercollegiate athletic programs that make up Ram Nation. Each week, VCU Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant Marle van Dessel will chat it up with selected athletes to get inside their world and let us know a little more about themselves.

The second edition of GTK features senior Josh Alford from the baseball team. The veterean right-hander has been a valuable part of the VCU bullpen since his arrival, logging a career-high 24 appearances last year for the Black & Gold. A four-sport athlete in high school Alford gives the Rams depth with the ability to play the field as well.  

With his final season at VCU starting in just a few weeks, Alford sat down and gave us a little more of an in-depth look at himself.

MVD: Why did you decide to come to VCU?
JA: I loved the rich tradition the program had and love the city of Richmond.

MVD: What are your post-graduation plans?
JA: Hopefully to continue playing baseball professionally and then begin applying to Physical Therapy schools.

MVD: What are your expectations for the season?
JA: To continue growing and competing as a team. I think we're all excited about the team we have this year.
MVD: Who is your funniest teammate?
JA: Paul Nice aka Casio Billy
MVD: If you could travel any place in the world, where would you go and why?
JA: African Safari Hunting Trip to experience a completely different part of the world.
MVD: What/who inspired you to get involved with baseball?
JA: My family. My father and DJ Johnson inspired me to love the game.
MVD: What do you like best about team road trips?
MVD: What is your best non-athletic skill?
JA: Ability to relate to a wide variety of people
MVD: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
JA: People that wear sunglasses inside.
MVD: What is an obstacle in life you had to overcome?
JA: Learning how to live on my own
What is your favorite…

Quote or motto: No regrets!
Song: Porch Song- Widespread Panic
TV Show: Sportscenter
Movie: Inglorious Bastards
Place to play besides VCU: UVA
Place to eat in Richmond: City Dogs
Sport to watch on TV: Football
Pro Sports Team: Atlanta Braves
Pro Athlete: Chipper Jones
Bench-press or squat: Squat
Winter or summer: Summer
In season or out of season: IN can't stress that enough
Class in the morning or class at night: morning
Richmond or ……: Richmond
Sprints or long distance: Sprints
Facebook or twitter: Facebook
Singing or dancing: Dancing
Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics: Summer
Cat or dog: Dog