Miller ACC Player of the Year

Miller ACC Player of the Year

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Miller ACC Player of the Year

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By Trey McCurry.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Clemson junior shortstop Brad Miller and Virginia junior pitcher Danny Hultzen head up the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

Miller was selected the ACC Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches, while Hultzen was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season.
 
In addition, North Carolina freshman third baseman Colin Moran received ACC Freshman of the Year honors, while Virginia’s Brian O’Connor was voted the league’s Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
 
Miller, a native of Windermere, Fla., leads the ACC in batting with a .431 average – 61 points higher than the next-highest hitter. Despite missing seven early-season games due to injury, Miller is tied for fourth in the conference in stolen bases (21). Eighteen of Miller’s 72 hits have gone for extra bases, and he has driven in 44 runs to help key the Tigers to a 39-17 overall record, a consensus national top-20 ranking and an RPI that ranks among the nation’s top 10.
 
With a .426 batting average in ACC games, Miller also led all players’ in that category. His selection as ACC Player of the Year increases Clemson’s number in that category to a conference-high 12. Miller is the first Tiger to receive the honor since Khalil Greene in 2002.
 
Hultzen becomes the first player to claim back-to-back ACC Pitcher of the Year honors since the award was established in 2005. It is the third major conference award for the Bethesda, Md., native, who also was named the 2009 ACC Freshman of the Year.
 
Hultzen has posted a 9-3 record and a 1.49 ERA while leading the Cavaliers (45-9) to a share of the ACC Coastal Division title and a No. 1 national ranking for much of the season. His 131 strikeouts lead the conference and rank second nationally. The junior lefthander owns a 29-5 career record for an .853 winning percentage that currently ranks 19th all-time among ACC pitchers.
 
Moran, of Rye, N.Y., leads the ACC with 67 RBI in 56 games. Moran is fourth in the conference in batting at .355, and his .389 mark in conference games ranked second only to Clemson’s Miller. Moran is just the fourth freshman in North Carolina school history to drive in at least 60 runs in a season, a major reason the Tar Heels carry a 44-12 mark into this week’s ACC Championship at Durham, N.C.
 
Virginia’s O’Connor received his second straight ACC Coach of the Year Award and his third overall after guiding the Cavaliers to at least a share of the Coastal Division title and the No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship for the second straight year. Virginia’s 45 wins tie for third-best in school history and are six behind the record of 51 set last season.
 
O’ Connor’s Cavaliers placed a league-high seven players on the All-ACC first and second teams, including five first-team selections. Atlantic Division Champion Florida State and Coastal Division Co-Champion Georgia Tech each saw six players voted to the team, while five were chosen from Clemson and four from North Carolina.
 
Virginia’s Hultzen, Florida State senior outfielder/pitcher Mike McGee and Clemson senior outfielder Jeff Schaus were each voted to the team for the third time. Florida State junior pitcher Sean Gilmartin, Georgia Tech junior third baseman Matt Skole and Yellow Jackets’ junior pitcher Jed Bradley were each honored for the second time.

2011 All-ACC Baseball Team
 
FIRST TEAM
Name                         Cl.          Position            School
John Hicks                 Jr.          Catcher            Virginia
Pratt Maynard             Jr.          Catcher            NC State
Richie Shaffer             So.        First Base           Clemson
Devon Travis              So.      Second Base        Florida State
Colin Moran                Fr.        Third Base          North Carolina
Steven Proscia            Jr.        Third Base          Virginia
Brad Miller                  Jr.         Shortstop           Clemson
James Ramsey           Jr.          Outfield            Florida State
Kyle Wren                   Fr.          Outfield            Georgia Tech
David Coleman           Sr.          Outfield            Virginia
Andrew Rash             So.          Outfield            Virginia Tech
Mike McGee               Sr.         DH/Utiltiy           Florida State ***
Sean Gilmartin            Jr.     Starting Pitcher      Florida State**
Mark Pope                  Jr.     Starting Pitcher      Georgia Tech
Danny Hultzen            Jr.     Starting Pitcher      Virginia ***
Branden Kline             So.      Relief Pitcher        Virginia

SECOND TEAM
Name                         Cl.          Position            School
Rafael Lopez               Sr.          Catcher            Florida State
Jake Davies                Jr.         First Base           Georgia Tech
Tommy Coyle             So.      Second Base        North Carolina
Matt Skole                  Jr.        Third Base          Georgia Tech **
Levi Michael               Jr.         Shortstop           North Carolina
Jeff Schaus                Sr.          Outfield            Clemson***
Will Lamb                   Jr.          Outfield            Clemson
Nathan Melendres      Jr.          Outfield            Miami
John Barr                   Sr.          Outfield            Virginia
Phil Pohl                     Jr.         DH/Utility           Clemson
Jed Bradley                Jr.     Starting Pitcher      Georgia Tech**
Buck Farmer              So.    Starting Pitcher      Georgia Tech
Patrick Johnson         Sr.    Starting Pitcher      North Carolina
Tyler Wilson               Sr.    Starting Pitcher      Virginia
Tim Cooney               So.    Starting Pitcher      Wake Forest
Daniel Bennett            Sr.      Relief Pitcher        Florida State

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