VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Two members of the Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team have earned All-State status as voted on by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). Jacob Pilarski was selected to the All-State First Team while Brandon Kussmaul took home Second Team honors.
Pilarski had a tremendous year as a two-way player for the Marlins, being selected to the VaSID All-State First Team as a starting pitcher. The sophomore amassed a perfect 11-0 record, breaking the Virginia Wesleyan single season wins record in the process. Tossing 92.0 innings, Pilarski kept an ERA of just 2.05, leading all pitchers in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The Pittsburgh, Pa. native also ranked third in the conference (first on the team) in strikeouts, fanning 80 batters on the year. Pilarski has been acknowledged for his efforts as well, earning the first All-America honors in eight years as D3baseball.com selected him for the Third Team. He also received All-South Region Frist Team honors, All-ODAC First Team honors as well as several ODAC Pitcher of the Week accolades.
Kussmaul played exceptionally well in his final year as a Marlin, garnering Second Team All-Region by ABCA/Rawlings and Third Team honors by D3baseball.com. The senior led the squad in RBI with 38 and was amassed the second-most hits with 64. Kussmaul was a terrific leadoff batter as well, leading the squad in on-base percentage (.455) and runs scored (49). A reliable bat, Kussmaul has notched hits in 42 of the team's 47 games. Upon the year's finish, he was named a First Team All-ODAC member as a shortstop. Kussmaul also recently signed a professional league contract and will be playing for the Normal CornBelters out of the Frontier League (Independent Baseball League).