April 20, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Jeff Rowland has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week following his performance during the period of April 13-19.
Rowland scored seven of the Yellow Jackets’ 56 runs in a week in which Georgia Tech went 5-0, with all five wins coming on the road. The centerfielder from Augusta, Ga., had a team-best .500 batting average, with four multi-hit games to his credit. Rowland posted a .792 slugging percentage with a pair of doubles, a triple and a home run and also had a .538 on-base percentage.
Rowland hit a two-run triple in the second inning against top-ranked Georgia to put the Jackets ahead 4-0 and key an eventual 11-6 win. He went 2-for-3 the following night against Georgia State before being lifted in the sixth after Tech had taken a 13-2 lead.
Rowland then hit .563 (9-for-16) in Tech’s three-game sweep of Wake Forest over the weekend, tallying a .875 slugging percentage while posting a .563 on- base percentage. Rowland had four hits, including a double, in addition to a stolen base in the series opener. He added two hits, including a solo home run, in the second game of the series. Rowland then collected three more hits, including another double, in the series finale. Rowland has been Tech’s table-setter all season, leading off every game for the Yellow Jackets in 2009.
Also receiving weekly honors from the ACC was North Carolina pitcher Alex White, who dominated No. 7 Miami in a complete-game, one-hit shutout in Friday’s series opener, a 3-0 win for the Tar Heels. The Greenville, N.C., All-American faced only 28 batters – just one over the minimum – and struck out a season-best 10 en route to his first career complete-game shutout.
Rowland’s honor was the first of his career and it marks the third time this season a Georgia Tech baseball player has received weekly ACC honors.