Five Spiders earn A-10 baseball playoff honors
RICHMOND, Virginia – The University of Richmond baseball program has placed five members on the Atlantic 10 Conference baseball postseason teams, the league announced Wednesday.
Dominique Toso (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) earned first-team honors, while Alden Mathes (Broomall, Pa.) earned second-team accolades. Jake Elbeery (North Andover, Massachusetts) and DJ Pacheco were named to the All-Rookie Team. Brenden Argomaniz (Claremont, Calif.) earned All-Academic Team honors.
Toso, collecting his first A-10 playoff honor, had a stellar year as the Spiders’ starting third baseman. He opened the season with a 20-game winning streak, including 12 multi-hit games, to not only beat the Spiders offensively, but the nation as well. Toso heads to the A-10 tournament ranked second in the nation with an average of 1.81 hits per game, sixth with an average of .402 and 11and average of 1.35 RBI per game. In 44 starts, Toso leads Richmond in hits (78), doubles (18), RBIs (58), including two games with six RBIs, and has struck out just 20 of 194 hits. Toso also had two hits, including a three-run homer, of the Spiders’ five wins this season.
Mathes started 50 games, including six on the mound, for the Spiders. With the second A-10 honor of his career, Mathes is second on the team with an average of .345, 77 hits, 13 doubles, four triples and 52 RBIs. He leads the team with nine homers, including a grand slam, and seven stolen bases. On the mound this season, Mathes is 2-2 in seven appearances with a 3.38 ERA, allowing 17 runs, 16 earned, on 26 hits in 40.0 innings to keep opposing batters averaging 1.82.
Elbeery appeared in 50 of 51 games, with 49 starts, as a true freshman. He had 17 multi-hit games, including a career-best 5-on-5 day at JMU and 10 multi-RBI games. He is third on the team with 39 RBI and 22 walks, fourth with 64 hits and fifth with a .309 average. His 64 hits eclipsed UR’s freshman year mark of 58 in 46 games, set by Kyle Adams in 2015. Elbeery scored his first college home run with a 3-hit home run against William & Mary (2/22). He earned A-10 Rookie of the Week honors (4/18-4/24) after going 10 of 19 at the plate with five RBIs and four runs scored. The Spiders’ starting first baseman is currently enjoying a nine-game winning streak.
Pachecho, in 31 starts in 37 appearances this season, hit .283 with 34 hits, six doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs during the regular season. In 19 championship games with 17 starts, Pacheco is hitting .333 with 21 hits on 63 at bats with three doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs. While currently riding a five-game hit streak, Pacheco has an eight-game hitting streak and six multi-RBI games, including a career-high five RBIs.
Argomaniz, a political science major, earned the University of Richmond Presidential Citation in 2022 as the senior male student-athlete with the highest GPA. He graduated magna cum laude this month with his bachelor’s degree. As one of the Spiders’ top relievers, Argomaniz became the Sunday starter the last three weekends of the season. He’s 5-0 this season in 16 appearances with three starts, pitching 44.1 innings allowing 23 runs, 20 earned, on 26 hits with 19 walks and 28 strikeouts for a 4.06 ERA .