July 18, 2011
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND - University of Richmond baseball junior Jacob Mayers has been named to the Coastal Plain League 2011 All-Star Game, which is set for Monday, July 18 in Fayetteville, N.C. Playing for the Wilmington Sharks, Mayers has been one of the elite two-way players in the CPL this season.
Mayers has started 32 games for Wilmington and is hitting .298 with five doubles, a home run and 21 RBI. Of his six appearances on the mound (five starts), the Mechanicsville, Va. native owns a 2-1 record, one save and a 4.03 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .212 off the righty, who has posted 23 strikeouts against 11 walks.
Wilmington finished the first half of the CPL season 13-15, but are off to a hot start in the second half and are currently leading the South Division at 9-3.
Mayers hit .313 for Richmond in 2011, playing in 29 games but missing half the season with a hand injury. On the mound, he was a 2-2 with a 2.88 ERA and hurled a dazzling complete-game with 11 strikeouts to beat Rhode Island, 7-2, in Atlantic Tournament and send the Spiders to the championship game.
Mayers is one of four Spiders playing this summer in the Coastal Plain League, joining Sharks teammate RHP Alex Maffett and OF Phil Ruzbarsky and C Chris Cowell, both with the Peninsula Pilots.
Maffett has seen limited action (injury), but Ruzbarsky and Cowell are putting up impressive numbers for the Pilots, who finished the first half 17-11. Cowell is hitting .302, is second on the club in home runs (four) and third in RBI (16), while Ruzbarsky has matched Cowell's RBI total to go along with a .234 average and six doubles.
The 2011 Coastal Plain League All-Star Teams are voted upon by each of the 15 head coaches and one media representative for each club.