April 27, 2016
Chris Mooney, Coaches Cook Off, Will Wade
You may have heard, but last week Will Wade won the Positive Vibe Cafe Coaches Cook Off last week. That’s because he went with steak, and steak always wins…unless it’s up against bacon, and then bacon always wins, but I digress.
But the real winner here is Max’s Positive Vibe Cafe, which helps adults with disabilities find employment. We’re glad Will and VCU could be a part of something like this.
April 7, 2016
Brooks Vial, Matt Jamer, Sam Donko, Sean Thompson, Shawn Stiffler
Junior college transfer Brooks Vial is 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA . He is one of a number of newcomers who have bolstered VCU’s reworked pitching staff this season.
A year ago Sean Thompson was “the kid” on VCU’s staff, a freshman with a live arm who was trying to keep pace with a host of seniors. But that was last year. Today, he owns more Division I experience than any pitcher on VCU’s roster.
Thompson, who started and earned the victory in VCU’s historic regional championship game against Dallas Baptist last season, has taken his newfound veteran status in stride. In the meantime, the new guys, the players Thompson is being asked to lead, haven’t missed a beat.
Although there was no piece of equipment more valuable to the VCU pitching staff this fall than nametags, the Rams have the look of a team primed to defend their Atlantic 10 title and make a run toward a second straight NCAA appearance in large part due to their work on the mound. VCU is 19-10 this season and defeated defending National Champion Virginia on April 5. Despite shaky early performances, the Rams have carved out a 4.45 team ERA. In six A-10 games, VCU’s ERA is 2.21.
Despite some early concern, Thompson, who added 30 pounds to his frame in the offseason in order to shoulder an increased workload this year, says he could see potential in VCU’s new pitching staff during fall ball.
“I felt like in the fall I saw a lot of things people could do well. It just takes a good mindset and preparation to get people out at this level,” he said. We recruited them here because they had the ability, now it’s just harnessing that at this level.”
April 6, 2016
Darian Carpenter, Shawn Stiffler
VCU Baseball scored a nice win Tuesday before more than 3,000 at The Diamond. The Rams topped defending National Champion Virginia 7-5 behind a Darian Carpenter 3-run homer and five strong innings from Jonathan Ebersole. Have a look at some of the sights and sounds from the win. The Rams are now 19-10.
April 1, 2016
Final Four, Joey Rodriguez, Will Wade
Will Wade agreed to a new eight-year contract this week. He met with the media Wednesday to talk about it and the future at VCU.
Meanwhile, Joey Rodriguez, who wasn’t in Houston when he recorded this interview, but will be in Houston this weekend anyway, was on with Wes McElroy this morning to discuss VCU’s Final Four run in 2011 (The video doesn’t seem to want to embed, but click the link to hear the interview).
March 28, 2016
VCU Baseball is rolling right now. The Rams have won four in a row and 10 of their last 12. VCU earned a sweep of St. Bonaventure this weekend at the Diamond and will now turn its attention to this week’s home-and-home series with Maryland, as well as a three-game set with Dayton this weekend.
March 19, 2016
2016 NCAA Tournament, JeQuan Lewis, Lon Kruger, Mo Alie-Cox, Oklahoma Sooners, Will Wade
We’re talking Oklahoma. On Sunday, VCU will attempt to reach the Sweet 16 for the second time.
March 17, 2016
Men's Basketball, VCU Athletics
2016 NCAA Tournament, Gary Payton II, Korey Billbury, Melvin Johnson, Mo Alie-Cox, Wayne Tinkle, Will Wade
Greetings from Oklahoma City! The Rams met with the media today and cranked out an open practice at Chesapeake Arena as they prepare for Oregon State Friday at 1:30. Side note. I keep having to remind myself that the game is at 12:30 here in the central time zone. I hope I don’t miss it.
March 15, 2016
Men's Basketball, VCU Athletics
2016 NCAA Tournament, Oregon State Beavers, Will Wade
If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I’d love to hear Will Wade preview VCU’s NCAA Tournament match-up, heckle a Times-Dispatch columnist and then spend 15 minutes breaking down the inequities of NCAA scheduling”, then today is your day.
Meanwhile, VCU’s Women’s Basketball team will be playing in a postseason tournament of their own. The Rams host Virginia in the WNIT Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Siegel Center.