NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Four University of Richmond Spider baseball players earned All-Atlantic 10 honors on Tuesday afternoon, the conference office announced. Senior Chris Cowell and junior Jacob Mayers were named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team, while sophomore Adam Forrer was named second-team all-conference. Freshman pitcher Zak Sterling was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, as well as earning All-Rookie team honors.
"It's great to see these four players get recognized for their efforts this season," Spider head coach Mark McQueen said. "Although I feel we had other players worthy of recognition also, for these four to be honored is great for them individually and for our program as a whole."
For the third-consecutive season, Cowell earned All-Atlantic 10 honors, but his first-team distinction this season is a first for the Devon, Pa., native. Cowell is having one of the finest power-hitting seasons in Richmond history, hitting a conference-best 18 home runs to go with a team-high 53 RBIs. Cowell is hitting .273 on the year with 17 doubles, while slugging an impressive .639. The senior also stood out defensively as a catcher, posting a .989 fielding percentage while throwing out 15 potential base stealers.
Earning All-Atlantic 10 honors for the first time in his career, Mayers had a terrific season at the plate to be named first-team designated hitter. On the year, Mayers is hitting .329 with nine home runs, 14 doubles, and 44 RBIs. The Mechanicsville, Va., native excelled in conference play, hitting .408 with two homers, an amazing nine doubles, and 16 RBIs. Over the course of the season, Mayers tallied an impressive 18 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI games.
After enjoying a breakout 2012 campaign, Forrer was named the All-Atlantic 10 Second-Team second baseman. Seeing action in 49 games, Forrer hit .285 on the season with four home runs, four triples, and five doubles while driving in 21 runs. In Atlantic 10 play, Forrer was a standout defensively, not committing an error in 86 chances.
Making an immediate impact on the mound during his freshman season, Sterling became the second player in school history to be named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. Sterling was terrific all season, posting a 6-1 record to go with a team-best ERA of 2.91. In 68 innings pitched, the Salisbury, Md. native, struck out 55 batters, limiting his opponents to a conference-low batting average of .188. Also earning All-Rookie Team honors, Sterling excelled in conference play. Sterling went 4-0 in the A-10, registering an ERA of 1.77.
The Richmond Spiders baseball team will begin play in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament on Wednesday in the Bronx. The No. 5-seeded Spiders will face the No. 4-seeded Massachusetts Minutemen at 12 p.m. at Houlihan Park. Live stats and a free live video stream of the game can be found at RichmondSpiders.com.