RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Baseball had three student-athletes named to the 2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Region teams. Liam Hibbits and Connor Gillispie were named to the East All-Region First Team while Paul Witt was named to the East All-Region Second Team.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Americans will be announced on Saturday, June 15.
Gillipsie, who was recently drafted in the ninth round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, earned his East All-Region First Team selection after a record year on the mound for the Rams. He led the team in starts with 20, tying a VCU single-season record. He posted a 2.50 ERA and surrendered just 24 earned runs in 86.1 innings pitched.
Gillispie held opposing batters to a .189 batting average and went 5-3 on the season. He struck out a staggering 118 batters in his 20 appearances, placing him fourth on VCU's all-time single season strikeout list. He was also named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team.
Hibbits was named to the East All-Region First Team after posting 75 hits, six homeruns and a batting average of .366. during the season. He led the team with 61 RBIs and scored 34 runs. He walked 34 times on the season, had a .546 slugging percentage and a .450 on base percentage. Defensively, Hibbits had a 1.000 fielding percentage with 193 putouts and 12 assists.
Hibbits was also named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team and led the team in batting average and tied for the team lead in home runs. He also led the team in slugging percentage (min. 20 at-bats).
Witt was named to the East All-Region Second Team after being named an All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection. He recorded 75 hits and 48 runs scored on the year, including sixteen doubles and four homeruns. He had a career-high 50 RBIs and posted a .336 batting average, both good for second-highest on the team. Witt had a .961 fielding percentage along with 115 assists and 84 putouts.
The ABCA/Rawlings All-Region teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 11,000 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 76th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 2-5, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.