Five Cavaliers Named to All-ACC Baseball First Team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Five Virginia players were named to the 2009 All-ACC Baseball Team, announced Monday by the conference office. The five first-team honorees were the most of any ACC school and the most ever by a Virginia baseball team. Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.), in addition to earning a nod on the all-conference first-team, was tabbed as the ACC Freshman of the Year the first Virginia player to ever win the honor.
Hultzen, who won first-team honors at the utility position, was joined on the team by Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) at second base, Tyler Cannon (Jr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) at shortstop and outfielders Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) and Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.).
On the mound, Hultzen has a 7-1 record and ranks second in the ACC in earned run average (2.28) this season. He also ranks fourth in the ACC in strikeouts with 80, which is a Virginia freshman record. He has been a major force at the plate as well, batting .331, which ranks second among ACC freshmen.
Gosselin has hit .322 this year with a team-high 59 RBI, which ranks fourth in the ACC. He also is tied for third in the conference with 19 stolen bases. He has played solidly on the defensive end as well and has committed just two errors.
Cannon ranks 11th in the conference with a .366 batting average, but he played his best baseball in ACC games, hitting a team-high .377 against league opponents. In ACC games, he hit 12 doubles, which tied for first in the league. He also has stolen 16 bases which is tied for seventh-most in the ACC.
Grovatt has been the Cavaliers’ most consistent hitter this year, ranking eighth in the ACC in batting at .372 while recording hits in 24 of 28 conference games. He has three hitting streaks of nine or more games this year, including a 19-game streak to open the season.
Parker has had a monster season, batting .380 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI. He ranks among the top 10 in the ACC in every offensive category except walks. Parker leads the league in triples (six) and slugging percentage (.746), ranks second in runs scored (71) and total bases (153), third in stolen bases (19), fifth in home runs (15), sixth in RBI (58) and on base percentage (.478), seventh in hits (78) and eighth in doubles (18). He also holds the Virginia single-season record for runs scored.
Virginia, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, begins the 2009 ACC Baseball Championship at 8 p.m. Thursday in Durham, N.C., when it battles No. 3-seed Clemson.
2009 ALL-ACC BASEBALL TEAM
Name Cl. Position School
Tony Sanchez Jr. Catcher Boston College
Dustin Ackley Jr. First Base North Carolina
Phil Gosselin So. Second Base Virginia
Kyle Seager Jr. Third Base North Carolina
Tyler Cannon Jr. Shortstop Virginia
Jeff Schaus So. Outfield Clemson
Tyler Holt So. Outfield Florida State
Luke Murton Sr. Outfield Georgia Tech
Jeff Rowland So. Outfield Georgia Tech
Dan Grovatt So. Outfield Virginia
Jarrett Parker So. Outfield Virginia
Danny Hultzen Fr. Utility (1B/SP) Virginia
Andrew Wolcott Sr. Starting Pitcher Duke
Deck McGuire So. Starting Pitcher Georgia Tech
Alex White Jr. Starting Pitcher North Carolina
Sean Gilmartin Fr. Starting Pitcher Florida State
Kyle Bellamy Jr. Relief Pitcher Miami
Name Cl. Position School
Yasmani Grandal So. Catcher Miami
Nate Freiman Sr. First Base Duke
Jason Stidham Jr. Second Base Florida State
Scott Lawson Jr. Second Base Miami
Mickey Wiswall So. Third Base Boston College
Derek Dietrich So. Shortstop Georgia Tech
Stephen Cardullo Jr.. Shortstop Florida State
Steve Domecus Jr. Outfield Virginia Tech
Robbie Anston Jr. Outfield Boston College
Jeremy Gould Jr. Outfield Duke
Mike Belifore Jr. Utility (1B/RP) Boston College
Mike McGee So. Utility (OF/SP) Florida State
Adam Warren Sr. Starting Pitcher North Carolina
Chris Hernandez So. Starting Pitcher Miami
Jimmy Gillheeney Jr. Starting Pitcher NC State
Brian Moran Jr. Relief Pitcher North Carolina
Player of the Year Dustin Ackley, North Carolina
Pitcher of the Year Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech
Freshman of the Year Danny Hultzen, Virginia
Coach of the Year Mike Martin, Florida State