CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Shortstop Tanner Morris (Crozet, Va.) was named the Virginia Sports Information Directors co-Player of the Year on Tuesday (July 9). It marked the third time in four years a Cavalier has taken home the organization’s top honor.
Morris also received First Team All-State honors along with double play partner Nic Kent (Charlottesville, Va.). Freshman Zack Gelof (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) and sophomore Brendan Rivoli (Douglassville, Pa.) were listed on the Second Team.
Morris, a fifth-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2019 MLB Draft, led the Cavaliers in nearly all offensive categories. Morris garnered Third Team All-ACC accolades after earning All-Freshman team honors last season. The left-handed hitting shortstop played every game, posting team bests in batting average (.345), hits (77) doubles (21), home runs (5), slugging percentage (.507), walks (41) and on-base percentage (.452). His 21 doubles were tied for the sixth most in a single season in program history.
Kent added another award to his growing list that includes Freshman All-America honors from and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, First Team ABCA All-Atlantic Region and First Team All-ACC honors. The first year second baseman batted .337, the second highest average on the club while leading the team with 17 stolen bases and three triples. He compiled 68 hits, nine doubles and hit three home runs.
Gelof played all 56 games as a true freshman and batted .313 with 13 doubles, two home runs and 32 RBI. In his collegiate debut he tied the program’s single-game record for doubles in a game with three in a 4-for-4, four-RBI effort against eventual National Champion Vanderbilt. He reached base in his first 28 games of the year that included a 17-game hit streak, the longest by a UVA freshman since 2000. He swiped 16 bases, good for the second-most on the club.
Rivoli co-led the Cavaliers in home runs (5) and RBI (42) while sporting a .320 average in 51 games played. The sophomore recorded 21 multi-hit games and six contests in which he drove in three or more runs. At James Madison on April 9th, he homered twice in a four-RBI day and a 9-3 Virginia victory.
2019 VaSID All-State Team
VaSID Players of the Year
C – Logan Driscoll (George Mason)
SS – Tanner Morris (Virginia)
1B – Vinnie Pasquantino (Old Dominion)
VaSID Pitcher of the Year
Evan Braband (Liberty)
VaSID Rookie of the Year
OF – Andy Garriola (Old Dominion)
VaSID Coach of the Year
Scott Jackson (Liberty)
First Team All-VaSID                                     
Logan Driscoll                   Catcher                  George Mason
Vinnie Pasquantino          First Base                Old Dominion
Nic Kent                           Second Base           Virginia
Tyler Plantier                   Third Base              Richmond
Tanner Morris                  Shortstop               Virginia
Andy Garriola                   Outfield                  Old Dominion
Andrew Szmanski             Outfield                  Radford
Justin Hayes                     Outfield                  Norfolk State
Liam HIbbits                     Designated Hitter    VCU
Kyle Butler                       Utility Fielder          Radford
Connor Gillispie                Starting Pitcher       VCU
Andrew McInvale             Starting Pitcher       Liberty
Bodie Sheehan                 Starting Pitcher       William & Mary
Evan Braband                   Relief Pitcher          Liberty
Nick Robertson                 Relief Pitcher          James Madison
Second Team All-VaSID
Jonathan Embry              Catcher                    Liberty
Stephen Baughan           First Base                 Norfolk State
Paul Witt                        Second Base             VCU
Zack Gelof                      Third Base                Virginia
Bryce Windham              Third Base                Old Dominion
Zac Ching                       Shortstop                 VCU
Anthony Forte                Outfield                   Richmond
Brandon Raquet             Outfield                   William & Mary
Brendan Rivoli                Outfield                   Virginia
J.D. Mundy                     Designated Hitter     Radford
Matthew Trehub            Utility Fielder           William & Mary
Kevin Kelly                      Starting Pitcher        James Madison
Zak Kent                         Starting Pitcher        VMI
Nick Stewart                   Starting Pitcher        James Madison
Benjamin Dum                Relief Pitcher            VCU
Chris Farrell                    Relief Pitcher            William & Mary

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