CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Andrew Abbott (Republican Grove, Va.) was named a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Thursday (June 3). The honor comes after being named a preseason All-American by the publication back in February.
The All-America nod follows up First Team All-ACC honors bestowed on the Cavalier ace last week. A Virginia baseball student-athlete has been listed on the Collegiate Baseball All-America team in six of the last seven years.
Abbott is in the midst of one of the best seasons ever by a Cavalier hurler. The UVA ace ranks second in the country in strikeouts and is atop the ACC leaderboard in wins (8), ERA (2.63) and strikeouts (136). Going into the NCAA regionals this weekend Abbott has not allowed an earned run in 30.1 consecutive innings pitched.
Abbott became only the second UVA pitcher ever to record 300 career strikeouts and his 136 strikeouts this season are the fourth most in program history.
Back on May 14 he did the bulk of the work in the program’s seventh no hitter, a 17-0 win over Wake Forest. He fanned a career-high 16 batters, the most by an ACC pitcher this season and the third most in a single game in program history. Abbott garnered the second of two ACC pitcher of the week awards and was recognized as a National Player of the Week by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on May 17.
The Cavaliers open up NCAA Regional play on Friday at noon against host South Carolina.