RVA - The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are excited to announce that VCU basketball standouts JeQuan Lewis, Doug Brooks, Mo Alie-Cox, Jordan Burgess and Torey Burston will be honored at The Diamond on Saturday, April 22 during Virginia Commonwealth University Night. The quartet will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game and take part in the festivities to celebrate VCU. In-Your-Face Fireworks will follow the game and tickets for the event can be found at www.squirrelsbaseball.com.
Each player will be presented with an official Flying Squirrels jersey before the game. Additionally, the world famous VCU pep band "The Peppas" will entertain in the Elephant Auto Insurance Fan Zone prior to the game. Gates for the event open at 5 p.m. with first pitch scheduled for6:05 p.m.
"We are excited about our annual VCU Night at the Diamond and look forward to saluting these outstanding student-athletes on Saturday," said Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd "Parney" Parnell. "I also am excited to see if their first pitches are as good as Briante Weber's, which was outstanding."
ABOUT JEQUAN LEWIS
An All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection in 2017, Lewis closed his VCU career among the school's career leaders in points, assists, steals and 3-pointers. The Dickson County, Tennessee native ranks 16th in school history in points with 1,444 and led the Rams in scoring as a senior in 2016-17. Lewis led the Rams to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths during his career and was one of the driving forces on VCU's 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship squad.
ABOUT DOUG BROOKS
As energetic a presence as VCU's had on the basketball court, Doug Brooks will also be remembered as one of the program's best defensive players. Brooks led the country in steal percentage as a junior and ranks in the top 10 in school history in steals. His steal in the waning moments of the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship Game secured the Rams' victory over Dayton.
While his future may be in the NFL, Mo Alie-Cox will be remembered as an imposing, shot-blocking standout in the paint for VCU. A three-year starter, Alie-Cox blocked 255 shots during his career, second most in school history. In addition, the Alexandria, Virginia native is one of just 37 players in school history to score 1,000 points in his career. A standout in the classroom as well, Alie-Cox was a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team selection. In 2015, he was named to the A-10 All-Tournament Team after he helped lead the Rams to the title.
ABOUT TOREY BURSTON
For four seasons, Torey Burston was a strong, positive presence in the VCU locker room. A consummate teammate, Burston provided leadership and a steady hand from day one. A strong on-ball defender, Burston was particularly disruptive for the Rams in the full court press. In four seasons, the Richmond native appeared in 60 games for the Rams and was a member of four NCAA Tournament sqauds.
The Flying Squirrels are currently on the road and will play game two of a four game series against Bowie Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. Right right-hander Jordan Johnson is scheduled to start on Tuesday against RHP Brandon Barker for Bowie. The Flying Squirrels return to The Diamond on Friday, April 21st against Reading. Season tickets, mini plans and group outings are available by contacting the Flying Squirrels box office at 804-359-3866 or online at www.squirrelsbaseball.com
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