Quartet of Cavaliers Named to All-ACC Academic Baseball Team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Four members of the Virginia baseball team have earned spots on the 2010 All-ACC Academic Baseball Team, announced Monday by Commissioner John D. Swofford. Neal Davis (Sr., Baltimore, Md.), Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.), Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.) and Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) each were named to the squad; Davis, Hultzen and Morey all are repeat honorees.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during his academic career.
Selected to the All-ACC Academic Baseball Team for the third time, Davis was one of five honorees this year who have been named to team at least three times. Davis went 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA in 21 games during his senior year but pitched some of his best baseball in the NCAA Super Regional as he worked 3.2 scoreless innings in two games against Oklahoma. Davis graduated in May with a degree in commerce, then was picked in the 36th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hultzen, who has yet to declare a major, was selected to the team for the second straight year. He went 11-1 with an ACC-low 2.78 earned run average this season. In 106.2 innings, he allowed 75 hits and 24 walks while striking out 123. Opponents hit just .193 against him this year.
Hultzen became Virginia’s first ACC Pitcher of the Year and was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2010. He also was a unanimous All-America selection by all of the major publications. Hultzen was consistently strong all season and pitched at least six innings in 14 of his 16 starts. He currently ranks 10th nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (6.33) and 11th in strikeouts and wins.
Kline, an undeclared major, went 5-1 with a 3.62 earned run average during his rookie campaign. In 64.2 innings he allowed 54 hits and 20 walks while striking out 56. Batters hit just .226 against him.
Morey earned a spot on the team for the second time. The commerce major was a Second-Team All-ACC selection this past season. He posted a 9-4 record with a 4.20 earned run average in 2010. In 98.2 innings, Morey allowed 84 hits and walked 41 while striking out 77. Batters hit just .233 against him. He also was a fifth-round selection of the Florida Marlins in the 2010 MLB Draft.