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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three members of the Virginia baseball team have been named to the 2012 All-ACC Team, which was announced Monday by the conference office. Branden Kline (Jr., Frederick, Md.), Justin Thompson (Sr., Danville, Va.) and Keith Werman (Sr., Vienna, Va.) each were the named to the All-ACC second team. The All-ACC team was voted upon by the league’s 12 head coaches.

Kline was named to the all-conference squad for the second-straight year, with the 2012 distinction coming as a starting pitcher. He earned first-team honors last season as a relief pitcher.

Kline has made a successful transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation this year. He owns a 6-3 record and 3.89 ERA this season. In a team-high 81 innings, he has struck out 84 batters and held opponents to a .244 batting average. He has been particularly strong in ACC play, where he has limited his foes to a .227 batting average, which is 10th lowest in the conference. He was named ACC Pitcher of the Week on March 26 after throwing a complete-game two-hitter against Clemson on March 24.

Thompson was one of two second-team selections at relief pitcher. It is his first All-ACC honor. A member of the midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, Thompson is 4-3 this season with a 2.52 earned run average. In a team-high 30 appearances, he has worked 35.2 innings and racked up 11 saves, which ranks fourth in the conference. Nine of his saves have come in ACC play – that total ranks second among conference pitchers.

Werman was a second-team selection at second base. It marks his second All-ACC honor; he also was a second-team pick at second base in 2010. Werman is batting .282 this season in 52 games, but he has been especially strong in ACC play, where he is batting .342. That ranks ninth in the league. Werman currently ranks first nationally with 23 sacrifice bunts; he holds the school record with 68 career sacrifice bunts. He has committed just three errors this season – good for a .991 fielding percentage.

Virginia (36-16-1, 18-12 ACC) is the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Baseball Championship. The Cavaliers begin tournament play at 11 a.m. Thursday when they play Clemson at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C.

2012 All-ACC Baseball Team
Name Cl. Position School
Pete O’Brien Sr. Catcher Miami
Jayce Boyd Jr. First Base Florida State
Devon Travis Jr. Second Base Florida State **
Richie Shaffer Jr. Third Base Clemson **
Chris Diaz Jr. Shortstop NC State
James Ramsey Sr. Outfield Florida State **
Brandon Thomas Jr. Outfield Georgia Tech
Ryan Mathews Sr. Outfield NC State
Mac Williamson Jr. Outfield Wake Forest
Phil Pohl Sr. DH/Utility Clemson **
Marcus Stroman Jr. Starting Pitcher Duke
Buck Farmer Jr. Starting Pitcher Georgia Tech **
Kent Emanuel So. Starting Pitcher North Carolina
Carlos Rodon Fr. Starting Pitcher NC State
Robert Benincasa Jr. Relief Pitcher Florida State
Michael Morin Jr. Relief Pitcher North Carolina
Name Cl. Position School
Jacob Stallings Sr. Catcher North Carolina
Mark Zagunis Fr. Catcher Virginia Tech
Jake Davies Sr. First Base Georgia Tech **
Steve Wilkerson So. Second Base Clemson
Keith Werman Sr. Second Base Virginia **
Trea Turner Fr. Third Base NC State
Anthony Melchionda Sr. Shortstop Boston College
Daniel Palka So. Outfield Georgia Tech
Tom Bourdon So. Outfield Boston College
Thomas Brittle Jr. Outfield Clemson
Brian Holberton So. DH/Utility North Carolina
Mike Compton Fr, Starting Pitcher Florida State
Brett Harman Sr. Starting Pitcher Maryland
Eric Erickson Gr. Starting Pitcher Miami
Branden Kline Jr. Starting Pitcher Virginia **
Justin Thompson Sr. Relief Pitcher Virginia
Michael Dimock Sr. Relief Pitcher Wake Forest
Player of the Year – James Ramsey, Florida State
Pitcher of the Year – Carlos Rodon, NC State
Freshman of the Year – Carlos Rodon, NC State
Coach of the Year – Mike Martin, Florida State
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