RICHMOND, Va. – Accolades continue to crowd the plate of freshman Michael Dailey and junior Sam Donko, as each pitcher was announced to the 2016 VaSID University Division All-State Baseball team as announced by the Virginia State Sports Information Directors. Both hurlers earned First Team honors.
The award is the third accolade for each pitcher, as Dailey took home All-American honors while Donko was named a finalist on the Stopper of the Year award. Both players were named to an ABCA All-American team as well.
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.