RICHMOND – The VCU Baseball team rolled in some more accolades on Thursday, as Logan Farrar, Sam Donko, Brooks Vial, and Paul Witt were all named to the 2017 VaSID University Division All-State Baseball Squad.
Witt took home the top award, garnering All-State Rookie of the Year honors, as well as named Second Team All-State at second base. The freshman lead the Atlantic 10 conference with a .374 batting average, was second in on-base percentage and tied for first with 75 hits. During the regular season, he scored 33 runs on 76 hits, with 11 extra base hits and 33 RBI. He embraced hitting in the middle of the lineup for the Rams, earning the Atlantic 10 batting crown in 2017 as a freshman and was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
Farrar took home First Team All-State honors along with Virginia's Adam Haseley and Liberty's D.J. Artis. Farrar arguably put together his best season in Black & Gold in 2017. Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Farrar went out and batted a career-best .365 playing in 55 of 57 games. He added 17 doubles, eight home runs, and 32 RBI, finishing with a team-best 125 total bases. He slugged .543, and scored 50 runs throughout his senior campaign. Those stats led him to not only to the A-10 Player of the Year honor, but was also named ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-American, ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-East Region, and A-10 First Team All-Conference. Putting a bow tie on his career at VCU, Farrar became the 48th draft pick in the program history, as he was drafted in the 36th Round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics in June.
Vial and Donko also each brought in First Team All-State honors, as the pair were dominant on the mound for the Rams in 2017. Vial stepped up as Mr. Consistency for the Rams, going 9-4 on the season with a 2.82 ERA, including a 7-0 mark in Atlantic 10 games that earned him First Team All-East Region and A-10 First Team honors. In 16 appearances, he pumped out a team-high 92.2 innings, striking out a team-high 84 batters. In the classroom, he was also awarded the A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship by the Atlantic 10 earlier this spring. Donko was elite over his two years in Black and Gold, as he put up 14 saves this season, a league high. Earlier this season, he broke the program's all-time saves record that was set in 1993. This season, he finished the season with a 2.81 ERA and a 3-3 record in 25 appearances. He only walked nine batters over 51 innings of work, striking out 57. That earned him First Team All-East Region and A-10 First Team honors this season.
Virginia's Adam Haseley took home All-State Player of the Year honors, while Norfolk State's Devin Hemmerich was named All-State Pitcher of the Year. Old Dominion's Chris Finwood brought home All-State Coach of the Year honors.