UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - With outstanding 2012 seasons now behind them, three University of Richmond Spider baseball players earned Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State honors on Wednesday. Junior Jacob Mayers (Utility) was named to the first team, while senior Chris Cowell (Catcher) and freshman Zak Sterling (Starting Pitcher) were named to the second team.
One of the more versatile players in the Atlantic 10 this past season, Mayers saw action at first base, designated hitter and starting pitcher in 2012 for Richmond. An All-East Region and All-Atlantic 10 First-Team selection, the Mechanicsville, Va., native hit .339 this season with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 48 RBIs, while posting a 6-3 record as a starting pitcher. Mayers was the Friday starter for the Spiders most of the season, striking out 82 batters in a team-high 83.1 innings pitched.
After three solid seasons, Cowell ended his tenure at Richmond with one of the most impressive power-hitting years in school history. The first team All-Region and All-Atlantic 10 honoree hit .271 on the season for the Spiders, leading the conference and ranking second in the country with 20 home runs. The Devon, Pa., native also clubbed a team-best 18 doubles and drove in 58 runs.
Rounding out the all-state selections for the Spiders was Sterling, who continues to rack up the honors after a terrific freshman campaign on the mound. Sterling, the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, was also named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and to the All-East Region Second Team. The Salisbury, Md., native went 7-1 on the year with a 2.57 ERA. Sterling led the A-10 in opponent batting average, limiting opponents to hit just .181.