Five Cavaliers Named to All-ACC Academic Baseball Team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Five Virginia student-athletes have been named to the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference All-ACC Academic Baseball Team, as announced Thursday by ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford.
Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.), Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.), Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.), Robert Morey (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) and Robert Poutier (Sr., Yorktown, Va.) each were named. Grovatt earned the honor for the second time, while the other four players were named to the team for the first time.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned at least a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained at least a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
Gosselin was a first-team All-ACC pick and was named to the NCAA Irvine Regional All-Tournament team. He hit .310 this season with six home runs and 64 RBI. His RBI total ranks fourth in a single season at Virginia.
Grovatt was a first-team All-ACC honoree this year. He hit a team-best .356 with eight home runs and 51 RBI. He was the Most Valuable Player of the ACC Baseball Championship and had three hitting streaks of nine or more games this season.
The first ACC Freshman of the Year in Virginia history, Hultzen also earned a slot on the All-ACC First Team and multiple All-America teams. On the mound, he posted a 9-1 record with a 2.17 ERA in 17 games (16 starts). In 95 innings, Hultzen recorded 107 strikeouts, which is a Virginia freshman record and ranks sixth overall in UVa history. At the plate, Hultzen recorded a .327 batting average – second among ACC freshmen behind teammate Steven Proscia. He also hit three home runs and drove in 37 runs.
Morey moved into Virginia’s weekend starting rotation midway through the season and made a huge impact. He went 3-0 on the season with a 3.33 ERA. In 18 games (nine starts), he pitched 67.2 innings and struck out 84. Batters hit just .210 against him.
In his fifth and final season as a Cavalier, Poutier went 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA in 13 games. He pitched 36.2 innings with 50 strikeouts, and batters hit just .228 against him. He was selected in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres.