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2016 Spider Baseball Season-in-Review
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 06/11/2016
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Head Coach: Tracy Woodson (Third Season)
Record: 28-24, 11-13 Atlantic 10
Conference Finish: tied for 8th

Season Notes:

  • The Spiders reached 28 wins for the second-consecutive season (prior to last season, the team last reached 28 wins in 2013).
  • Richmond was among the nation’s best in batting average throughout the season. The Spiders posted the best average for two consecutive weeks. They finished the season with a .308 average, which was the highest in program history in over a decade.
  • The Spiders also got off to their best start in over a decade – winning nine of their first 10 games.
  • In conference action, Richmond posted three consecutive series wins  over A-10 powers, Saint Louis, Davidson and crosstown rival VCU.
  • Richmond led the Atlantic 10 in nearly every offensive category. Individually Michael Morman was second in the league in average (.369) and on base percentage (.464) while he was third in slugging percentage (.544). On the mound, freshman Matt Olson was fourth in the A-10 in ERA (2.54).
  • Prior to the postseason, Richmond continued to land on the national charts – as the team was 21st in batting average, eighth in doubles per game (2.38), and in the top 40 in slugging percentage (.445) and on base percentage (.391).
  • Tyler Beckwith was drafted in the 17th Round of the MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. The short stop became the highest drafted Spider since 2010.

 

Award Winners:
2015-16 University of Richmond Team Sportsmanship Award
Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Preseason Third Team All-American: Michael Morman
College Sports Madness Third Team All-American: Michael Morman
Atlantic 10 First Team: Michael Morman
Atlantic 10 First Team: Kurtis Brown
Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team: Matt Olson
Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team: Caleb Ward
Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team: Michael Morman
Atlantic 10 Player of the Week: Tyler Beckwith (twice), Jansen Fraser, Michael Morman, Doug Kraeger
Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week: Zach Grossfeld
Donnie Early Lindsey, Jr. First Year Spirit Award: D.J. Lee
Richmond Athletics Breakout Male Performance: Tyler Beckwith

 


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