RICHMOND – Senior Sam Donko came into the 2017 season for VCU Baseball already having quite the resume after just one season in RVA. Over the weekend, Donko made his splash in program history in becoming the all-time saves leader, hitting 31 on Saturday afternoon. For his efforts, he was named Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference Monday afternoon.
Donko earned his keep in VCU Baseball history this week, as the right-hander from Youngstown, Ohio, became the program's all-time leader in saves with 31 total on his career. He passed Adam Bryant (1991-94) to become the title holder with his 11th save of the season Saturday afternoon at Fordham. Overall, Donko notched three saves in a 4-0 week for the VCU Rams, not allowing a single run in 4.2 innings pitched, coming in key situations against both VMI and Fordham in the 8th inning. His 11 saves put him back in the Top 10 in the NCAA in total saves.
Donko shares the weekly honor with Davidson’s Durin O’Linger, who pitched a complete game shutout giving up six hits in a Davidson victory over North Carolina A&T. Rhode Island’s Mike Hess took home Player of the Week honors, while La Salle’s Matt Holt won Rookie of the Week.
The Rams will travel to Longwood tomorrow, with game time set for 6:30 p.m. VCU will return to A-10 play this weekend, as they play host to Saint Joseph’s at The Diamond.