May 19, 2008
ATLANTA – Senior third baseman Brad Feltes, redshirt junior outfielder Charlie Blackmon, junior starting pitcher David Duncan and freshman shortstop Derek Dietrich have all been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team, as voted on by the 12 league coaches and announced by the ACC Office Monday morning.
Tech has had four or more players selected to All-ACC teams 13 times in head coach Danny Hall’s 15-year tenure on the Flats.
Feltes, an Alpharetta, Ga. native, received his first league recognition after more than doubling his career numbers in 2008. Recognized for his stellar defensive prowess over the last three years, the senior third baseman is batting .296 with career-highs in home runs (14), RBI (60) and doubles (8) after entering his final season at Georgia Tech with a career .213 average, seven home runs, two doubles and 29 RBI. He has played in 48 of the Yellow Jackets’ 55 games this season, making 46 starts.
Blackmon, a twice-drafted pitcher that chose to also try his hand at hitting this season, earned All-ACC honors for the first time in his career in 2008. The Suwanee, Ga., native and former Young Harris Junior College standout is leading the team in batting average (.377), hits (83) and runs scored (60) and ranks in the top-10 in the league in all three categories. Blackmon is one of two players to start every game for the Yellow Jackets in 2008 and was most recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First team.
Duncan, Tech’s No. 1 pitcher each of the last two seasons, has been named to the all-conference team for the first time in his career. The New Richmond, Ohio native leads the Yellow Jackets in strikeouts (70) and innings pitched (85.0) in 2008 while boasting a 7-3 record this season and a 21-9 career mark. He has made 43 starts on the mound for Georgia Tech over the last three years, including 13 in 2008 after being selected in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
Dietrich led all freshmen in the league with 62 RBI, a .623 slugging percentage and 129 total bases and finished the regular season tied for the lead among ACC freshmen with 14 home runs in 2008. He ranked in the top-10 overall in the league in home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage. A native of Parma, Ohio, Dietrich has started all 55 games at shortstop this season and is fourth on the team with a .333 batting average.
The Yellow Jackets head south for Jacksonville to participate in the 2008 ACC Baseball Championship beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m., when Georgia Tech and NC State square off for the first time this season.
2008 ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAMS
FIRST TEAM Name Cl. Position School Yonder Alonso Jr. First Base Miami Tim Fedroff So. Outfield North Carolina Jimmy Gillheeney So. Relief Pitcher NC State Chris Hernandez Fr. Starting Pitcher Miami Ryan Jackson So. Shortstop Miami Greg Miclat Jr. Shortstop Virginia D.J. Mitchell Jr. Starting Pitcher Clemson Kyle Parker Fr. DH/Utililty Clemson Buster Posey Jr. Catcher Florida State Jack Rye Sr. Outfield Florida State Clayton Shunick Jr. Starting Pitcher NC State Mark Sobolewski So. Third Base Miami Blake Tekotte Jr. Outfield Miami Elih Villanueva Jr. Starting Pitcher Florida State Jemile Weeks Jr. Second Base Miami Alex White So. Starting Pitcher North Carolina
SECOND TEAM Name Cl. Position School Dustin Ackley So. First Base North Carolina Charlie Blackmon RS-Jr. Outfield Georgia Tech Tony Delmonico Jr. Shortstop Florida State Derek Dietrich Fr. Shortstop Georgia Tech David Duncan Jr. Starting Pitcher Georgia Tech Eric Erickson So. Starting Pitcher Miami Matt Fairel So. Starting Pitcher Florida State Tim Federowicz Jr. Catcher North Carolina Brad Feltes Sr. Third Base Georgia Tech Carlos Gutierrez RS-Jr. Relief Pitcher Miami Alex Hassan So. DH/Utility Duke Marcus Jones Jr. Outfield NC State Pat McAnaney Sr. Starting Pitcher Virginia Matt Payne Sr. Outfield NC State Kyle Seager So. Second Base North Carolina Rob Wooten Sr. Relief Pitcher North Carolina
Player of the Year – Buster Posey, Florida State
Pitcher of the Year – Alex White, North Carolina
Freshman of the Year – Chris Hernandez, Miami
Coach of the Year – Jim Morris, Miami