May 28, 2009
ATLANTA – Tech sophomore Deck McGuire has been named a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, as chosen by Collegiate Baseball, while Yellow Jacket outfielder Luke Murton was tabbed to the publication’s third team.
McGuire finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record en route to earning the program’s first ACC Pitcher of the Year award. A finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award (presented by the College Baseball Foundation) and semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award (awarded to the nation’s top amateur player), McGuire is one of just four pitchers in school history to be named a first-team All-American, joining Kevin Brown (1986), Brad Rigby (1994) and Chuck Crowder (1998).
The Richmond, Va., native will be Tech’s starting pitcher in the 2009 NCAA Atlanta Regional opener against Georgia State, which begins Friday at 7 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Murton is concluding his four-year career on the Flats by earning third-team All-America accolades after joining McGuire and fellow outfielder Jeff Rowland on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team earlier this month. The McDonough, Ga., native is a big reason the Jackets rank second in the nation in home runs per game in 2009, as his 45 career home runs are the most by a Yellow Jacket since 1997. He currently ranks in Tech’s career top-10 in doubles (4th, 61), homers (5th), RBI (8th, 195), total bases (8th, 455) and at bats (798) and has posted season highs in hits, runs, home runs and RBI in 2009.
In addition to Georgia State, Elon and Southern Miss are competing in this weekend’s regional at Russ Chandler Stadium.