Danny Hultzen Named ACC Pitcher of Week
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s Danny Hultzen (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) was tabbed the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday after his 12-strikeout outing Friday night at No. 8 Georgia Tech. It marks the fifth career ACC Pitcher of the Week honor for Hultzen and his second this year.
Hultzen (7-0) worked into the ninth inning Friday and earned the win as the top-ranked Cavaliers defeated the Yellow Jackets, 6-2. In 8.0 innings Hultzen allowed two runs (one earned), seven hits and no walks against the ACC’s top offense. The Yellow Jackets entered the week with a .331 batting average, which ranked seventh nationally.
Hultzen matched Jacob Thompson (2006-08) for the UVa career wins record with his 27th career victory (27-2). He recorded his 13th career game with 10 or more strikeouts (UVa is 13-0 in those games).
Virginia’s all-time strikeouts leader, Hultzen now has 320 career strikeouts and has moved into a 15th-place tie with Miami’s Chris Hernandez (2008-10) and Florida State’s Jon McDonald (1998-2000) on the all-time ACC strikeouts list.
Hultzen leads the ACC with 90 strikeouts – 25 more than any other pitcher in the conference. He is 7-0 this season with a 1.33 ERA. In 54.1 innings, he has allowed 10 runs (eight earned) and walked 10 to go along with his 90 strikeouts. He is averaging 14.91 strikeouts per nine innings. Batters are hitting just .181 against him.
This marks the fifth time Hultzen has earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors. He notched the award earlier this season on Feb. 28 following a 15-strikeout performance vs. East Carolina. He also took home the honor once as a freshman and twice last season.
Virginia returns to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Georgetown.