Three Cavaliers Named All-Americans
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s Danny Hultzen (Jr., Bethesda, Md.), Branden Kline (So., Frederick, Md.) and Will Roberts (Jr., Richmond, Va.) each were named All-Americans Wednesday. Hultzen was named a first-team All-American at the utility position on the Baseball America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-America teams. Kline was selected as a First-Team NCBWA All-American as a relief pitcher, while Roberts was named a Second-Team NCBWA All-American as a starting pitcher.
The first three-time All-American in Virginia history, Hultzen is 12-3 this year with a 1.49 ERA, which is sixth lowest in Division I. He also has struck out 151 batters, which ranks second among all Division I pitchers. He has become Virginia’s all-time career leader in wins (32) and strikeouts (381) this season and also is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award. Hultzen was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year for the second year in a row and was the second pick in the MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners this year.
In 108.2 innings this season, Hultzen has allowed 26 runs (18 earned), 72 hits and 20 walks. Batters are hitting just .189 against him. He also has been a force at the plate and has seen more at bats this season. He is batting .335 with 35 runs batted in. He owns 10 doubles, two triples and a home run in 2011.
Kline is 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA and 17 saves this year. He ranks sixth nationally in saves and is one shy of the UVa and ACC records in that category. In 37.2 innings, he has allowed nine earned runs, 27 hits and 18 walks while striking out 49. Batters are hitting .213 against him. He also is a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award.
Roberts is 11-1 with a 1.57 ERA this year. He ranks 11th nationally in ERA and 14th in wins. In 102.1 innings, he has allowed 18 earned runs, 72 hits and just 13 walks while striking out 91 as batters are hitting .204 against him. He was a fifth-round draft choice of the Cleveland Indians last week. He also is a semifinalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award, which is presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Virginia opens play in the College World Series at 2 p.m. Sunday (ET) against California.