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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech standouts Kevin Parada (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) and Chandler Simpson (Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X (UAB)) earned a second pair of All-America honors in as many days as ABCA/Rawlings announced their teams on Friday.

Parada earns his fourth first-team All-American selection, while Simpson earned his second-straight third team honor. The Yellow Jackets were one of just four schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference to earn multiple selections and one of just 13 overall in Division I.

A 2022 Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game and NCBWA first-team All-American already, Parada had an excellent sophomore campaign in which he was named first-team all-ACC and all-Region, a finalist for the Buster Posey Award, Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy, and earned National Player of the Week honors three times.

The Pasadena, Calif. native ranked among the nation’s best all year, finishing the regular season ranking sixth with a school-record 26 home runs, second in total bases (174), third in RBI (85), fifth in runs (74) and 35th in hits (85). In the Atlantic Coast Conference, Parada led in runs and RBI, ranked third in home runs, fourth in hits and was the fourth-toughest hitter to strikeout in the league.

The nation’s batting average leader, Simpson hit a blistering .433, becoming the first Yellow Jacket to hit .400 since Mark Teixeira in 2000 and just a thousandth of a percentage point shy of tying Jay Payton’s school record of .434 (min. 200 at-bats) in 1994. Simpson also led the country in hits per game at 1.87 per contest.

Renowned for his speed and his eye at the plate, the Atlanta native stole a team-best 27 bases on the year (good for third in the ACC), was the toughest hitter to strikeout in the ACC at 12.7 at-bats per strikeout and led the league with a gaudy .506 on-base percentage (ninth nationally). He also scored 1.36 runs per game, which was good for third in the country.

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