RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman Michael Dailey and junior Sam Donko each dominated on the mound this past season for the VCU Rams. On Wednesday, they were each rewarded for it, being named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region First Team as named by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
The award is the second major award for each hurler, as Dailey took home All-American honors while Donko was named a finalist on the Stopper of the Year award.
Dailey continues to run through accolades, as his 1.57 ERA was among the best in the country, and the lowest of any freshman pitcher in the nation. Putting together a 6-0 record in 69.0 innings, Dailey's highlight of his season came when he got just one out away from a no-hitter on April 29 at George Washington. He also won a game in the Atlantic 10 Championship, capping a great season with only allowing 12 earned runs, walking 18, and striking out 47.
Donko became a force in the back of the bullpen for the Rams, as he began to rack up save after save. He led the NCAA Division I ranks in that category all season, finally ending up on 20 for the season. That mark set a new VCU record that was set by Daniel Concepcion in 2015, as he compiled a 2.63 ERA in 54.2 innings over 30 appearances. He would finish third amongst all VCU pitchers with 53 strikeouts on the season.
Other A-10 foes joining the pair of Rams on the first team were Richmond infielder Michael Morman and George Washington's outfielder Joey Bartosic. Getting noticed on the second team was A-10 Player of the Year from Saint Joseph's, Deon Stafford, Jr., Richmond designated hitter Kurtis Brown, and George Washington reliver Eddie Muhl.