May 23, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Six Georgia Tech players were named to the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference baseball team, as voted on by the 12 league coaches and announced Monday by Commissioner John Swofford.
Junior Mark Pope and freshman Kyle Wren landed a spot on the first team, while juniors Jake Davies, Matt Skole, Jed Bradley and sophomore Buck Farmer were named to the All-ACC second team. Bradley and Skole were each honored for the second time in their careers.
Tech has had four or more players selected to All-ACC teams 16 times in head coach Danny Hall’s 18-year tenure on the Flats.
Pope headlines the group with his first ever All-ACC honor. The Marietta, Ga. native is having a career year, finishing the regular season with an 11-3 record and a 1.54 ERA in 105 1/3 innings pitched. Pope leads the ACC in four different categories, including wins and innings. Pope has tossed five complete games this season, three of them coming as shutouts. The three shutouts in a season are a Georgia Tech modern day record, and one shy of tying the ACC record.
Wren is one of just two freshmen named to the All-ACC first team. The outfielder from Peachtree City, Ga. leads the entire conference in hits with 87 on the year. He is batting .370 with 54 runs scored, 11 doubles, a home run, 32 RBI and 14 stolen bases in his first season on the Flats. No Yellow Jacket has ever led the ACC in hits.
Skole is batting .351 with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 55 RBI in his third season. The third baseman leads the team with a .538 slugging percentage and a .444 on-base percentage. He ranks in the ACC top-10 in five different offensive categories.
Bradley repeats as a second teamer after going 6-3 with a 3.71 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 85 innings pitched. The lefty from Huntsville, Ala. ranks fifth in the ACC in strikeouts.
In his first season as the starting first baseman, Davies is batting a .349 clip with 13 doubles, four homers and 33 RBI. Davies holds a .995 fielding percentage having made 49 starts on the season.
Farmer, Tech’s Sunday starter, is 10-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings. The Conyers, Ga. native has eight wins in conference play alone, the most by any player in the ACC. Clemson’s Brad Miller was selected the ACC Player of the Year, while Hultzen was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season.
In addition, North Carolina freshman third baseman Colin Moran received ACC Freshman of the Year honors, while Virginia’s Brian O’Connor was voted the league’s Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
2011 All-ACC Baseball Team
Name Cl. Position School
John Hicks Jr. Catcher Virginia
Pratt Maynard Jr. Catcher NC State
Richie Shaffer So. First Base Clemson
Devon Travis So. Second Base Florida State
Colin Moran Fr. Third Base North Carolina
Steven Proscia Jr. Third Base Virginia
Brad Miller Jr. Shortstop Clemson
James Ramsey Jr. Outfield Florida State
Kyle Wren Fr. Outfield Georgia Tech
David Coleman Sr. Outfield Virginia
Andrew Rash So. Outfield Virginia Tech
Mike McGee Sr. DH/Utiltiy Florida State ***
Sean Gilmartin Jr. Starting Pitcher Florida State**
Mark Pope Jr. Starting Pitcher Georgia Tech
Danny Hultzen Jr. Starting Pitcher Virginia ***
Branden Kline So. Relief Pitcher Virginia
Name Cl. Position School
Rafael Lopez Sr. Catcher Florida State
Jake Davies Jr. First Base Georgia Tech
Tommy Coyle So. Second Base North Carolina
Matt Skole Jr. Third Base Georgia Tech **
Levi Michael Jr. Shortstop North Carolina
Jeff Schaus Sr. Outfield Clemson***
Will Lamb Jr. Outfield Clemson
Nathan Melendres Jr. Outfield Miami
John Barr Sr. Outfield Virginia
Phil Pohl Jr. DH/Utility Clemson
Jed Bradley Jr. Starting Pitcher Georgia Tech*
Buck Farmer So. Starting Pitcher Georgia Tech
Patrick Johnson Sr. Starting Pitcher North Carolina
Tyler Wilson Sr. Starting Pitcher Virginia
Tim Cooney So. Starting Pitcher Wake Forest
Daniel Bennett Sr. Relief Pitcher Florida State
Player of the Year – Brad Miller, Clemson
Pitcher of the Year – Danny Hultzen, Virginia
Freshman of the Year – Colin Moran, North Carolina
Coach of the Year – Brian O’Connor, Virginia
** – Two-time first- or second-team selection *** – Three time first- or second-team selection