May 21, 2007
Payne, a two-time first-team all-conference honoree, returned to the squad after missing the last 25 games of 2006 to lead Tech in average (.382), runs (65), hits (79), doubles (19), triples (3), walks (58), stolen bases (20) and on base percentage (.517) in 2007. The center fielder has also recorded three saves on the mound while holding opponents to a .208 average in 13 appearances this season
A three time all-conference selection, Wieters, a three-year starter behind the plate for Tech, is pacing the Jackets in home runs (10), RBI (56), total bases (126) and slugging percentage (.615) this season. The catcher stands in the top-10 in doubles, RBI and saves in the Yellow Jacket career annals, and in the top-20 in five other career categories.
The Yellow Jacket tandem will lead the team into the 2007 ACC Baseball Tournament this week, with Tech’s first game coming against North Carolina Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, Fla.
2007 All-ACC Baseball Teams and Individual Award Winners
First Team # Name, School Position 8 Buster Posey, Florida State Catcher 32 Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech Catcher 13 Dustin Ackley, North Carolina First Base 23 Tony Thomas, Jr., Florida State Second Base 35 Marquez Smith, Clemson Third Base 13 Jason Stidham, Florida State Third Base 7 Mark Hallberg, Florida State Shortstop 12 Josh Horton, North Carolina Shortstop 20 Brandon Guyer, Virginia Outfield 20 Danny Payne, Georgia Tech Outfield 46 Jack Rye, Florida State Outfield 17 Eric Erickson, Miami Starting Pitcher 22 Bryan Henry, Florida State Starting Pitcher 25 Jacob Thompson, Virginia Starting Pitcher 8 Andrew Carignan, North Carolina Relief Pitcher 21 Sean Doolittle, Virginia Designated Hitter/Utility
Second Team # Name, School Position 5 Caleb Mangum, NC State Catcher 19 Yonder Alonso, Miami First Base 10 Allan Dykstra, Wake Forest First Base 23 David Adams, Virginia Second Base 21 Eric Campbell, Boston College Third Base 4 Taylor Harbin, Clemson Shortstop 8 Brad Chalk, Clemson Outfield 16 Tim Fedroff, North Carolina Outfield 7 Reid Fronk, North Carolina Outfield 18 Mark Gildea, Florida State Outfield 26 Tony Bajoczky, Duke Starting Pitcher 41 Daniel Moskos, Clemson Starting Pitcher 43 Eric Surkamp, NC State Starting Pitcher 20 Robert Woodard, North Carolina Starting Pitcher 4 Casey Lambert, Virginia Relief Pitcher 19 Tim Federowicz, North Carolina Designated Hitter/Utility
Player of the Year: Tony Thomas, Jr., Florida State Pitcher of the Year: Bryan Henry, Florida State Freshman of the Year: Dustin Ackley, North Carolina Coach of the Year: Mike Martin, Florida State