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Georgia Tech's Matt Skole Named ACC Baseball Player of the Week

March 23, 2009

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech third baseman Matt Skole has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while Duke’s Andrew Wolcott was recognized as the league’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of March 15-22.

Skole, a freshman from Woodstock, Ga., went 10-for-15 (.667) with three home runs and 11 RBI in last weekend’s three-game series at Virginia Tech. Skole’s three-run homer highlighted a six-run ninth-inning comeback in the Yellow Jackets’ 10-9 win over the Hokies in the series opener.

Skole also posted a career-high four hits, including his second home run of the series, in Saturday’s game. He then added another three-run homer in the fourth inning of Sunday’s series finale, which was the hit that gave the Yellow Jackets the lead for keeps. Skole finished that game 4-for-5 with five RBI.

For the week, Skole compiled slugging percentage of 1.043 in the five games, helping Georgia Tech to a 4-1 record. He batted .565 (13-for-23) with three homers, two doubles and 12 RBI. A true freshman that has started every game at third base this season, Skole currently leads the team in homers (7) and stands second on the squad with a .389 batting average and in RBI (25).

Duke’s Wolcott beat his second straight top-10 opponent Saturday after holding No. 1 North Carolina to one earned run over seven complete innings. Wolcott held the Tar Heels scoreless for his first six innings before allowing two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh. The unearned runs ended a streak of 15 consecutive scoreless innings.

Georgia Tech will return to action this week when it hosts Georgia State (Tuesday, 6 p.m.) and No. 1 Georgia (Wednesday, 7 p.m.) for a pair of midweek contests. The Yellow Jackets will then travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to face No. 4 Miami for a three-game ACC series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. All five games this week will be televised.

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