April 9, 2018
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech sophomores Austin Wilhite and Connor Thomas both earned ACC baseball player of the week honors, it was announced today. Wilhite was voted the ACC baseball player of the week, while Thomas earned co-pitcher of the week honors alongside of Virginia’s Derek Casey.
ACC weekly honors are determined by a vote of a select media panel. It is the first ACC weekly honor for both Wilhite and Thomas.
Wilhite led the Jackets offensively for the week, hitting a team-best .533 (8-for-15) with one home run, a double, five RBIs and three runs scored with a .800 slugging percentage and .562 on-base percentage as Georgia Tech picked up the series win over No. 6 Florida State. After going 1-for-3 with a walk at No. 17 Georgia on Tuesday night, the sophomore shortstop from Buford, Ga., went 2-for-4 on Friday night, 2-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday’s win over FSU, before posting a career-high five RBIs with an inside-the-park home run, a double, and two runs scored in the Jackets’ 16-3 victory over the Seminoles on Sunday.
Thomas went the distance in a complete game-win over No. 6 Florida State on Saturday, April 7. The sophomore left-hander from Omega, Ga., allowed just one run on six hits and one walk, while striking out nine batters. He held the Seminoles to a .194 average and threw a career-high 116 pitches in the win. The outing was the longest of his career, and his nine strikeouts tied for the second most in his career behind his 10 last Saturday, April 1, in a win over Miami. Thomas became just the second Yellow Jacket starter to throw a complete game since 2013, joining current teammate Jake Lee, who went the distance in a 5-3 win at Duke last year.
The pair join fellow teammate and classmate Xzavion Curry as ACC weekly award winners this season, as Curry received the ACC pitcher of the week honor last week on April 2.