RICHMOND, Va. – Senior Outfielder Jimmy Kerrigan continues the string of awards to come in for VCU Baseball, as he was awarded the 2016 Hammer Strength All-American Award. Kerrigan's honor was awarded from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
The award, established in 2013, was set to recognize one male and one female student-athlete in the country who, "exemplify the best of what it takes, on and off the field, to become an elite athlete."
Kerrigan's work ethic on and off the field led him to a solid senior campaign for the Rams in 2016, finishing his final season in Richmond with a .318 batting average while participating in all 57 games for the Black and Gold. He was tied for the team lead 14 doubles, while also hitting four home runs and tied for the team lead in RBI with 35. He was also a threat on the base paths, tying for the team lead in stolen bases with 15. Defensively, he only committed one error all season, finishing with a .994 fielding percentage.
According to the CSCCa, those nominated for the award follow the criteria of being, "superior performers on the field/court who exemplify the best of what it takes to become fierce competitors. They exhibit tremendous work ethic and leadership skills. They motivate their teammates to excel and perform at their best. Leaders by example, these student athletes have strong academic standing and exhibit good sportsmanship. They are dedicated to their sport-tireless workers in pursuit of excellence-translating everything they accomplish, be it in the strength and conditioning arena or the classroom, to performance on the field/court."
The Rams finished their season with an overall record of 38-19, eclipsing the 37-win mark for the third consecutive season. Their A-10 record came to a 17-9 clip, earning them the second seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship. They would eventually fall to Saint Joseph's to end their season last Friday.