O'Connor, Kirby Take ACC's Top Honors

For the second straight year and the fifth time in 11 seasons, Virginia head baseball coach Brian O'Connor has been named the ACC Coach of the Year. Sophomore pitcher Nathan Kirby earned Co-Pitcher of the Year honors, along with Chris Diaz of Miami.

DJ Stewart of Florida State took home Player of the Year honors, while Miami catcher Zack Collins is the ACC Freshman of the Year. Each of the ACC’s major season awards, as well as the All-ACC team, were voted upon by the league’s 14 head coaches.

O’Connor was voted ACC Coach of the Year for the fourth time since 2010. O’Connor’s team has been ranked No. 1 in the nation most of this season while compiling a 43-11 record that includes a 22-8 mark in ACC play.

Kirby owns an 8-1 record that includes a no-hit, shutout victory over Pitt on April 4, and an ACC-low ERA of 1.58. He ranks fifth among ACC pitchers in strikeouts with 91 while walking just 20 batters in 85 1/3 innings. Kirby has limited opposing hitters to a .180 collective batting average.

UVa leads all schools with eight student-athletes selected to this year’s All-ACC team, including a league-leading five first-team honorees.

ALL- ACC FIRST TEAM

Brett Austin, Jr. C, NC State
Mike Papi, Jr. 1B, Virginia
John Nogowski, Jr. 1B, Florida State
Branden Cogswell, Jr. 2B, Virginia
Jose Brizuela, Jr. 3B, Florida State
Trea Turner, Jr. SS, NC State
Chris Shaw, So. OF, Boston College
DJ Stewart, So. OF, Florida State
Joe McCarthy, So. OF, Virginia
Nick Howard, Jr. DH/UT, Virginia
Nathan Kirby, So. Pitcher, Virginia
Daniel Gossett, Jr. Pitcher, Clemson
Chris Diaz, Jr. Pitcher, Miami
Luke Weaver, Jr. Pitcher, Florida State
Carlos Rodon, Jr. Pitcher, NC State
Reilly Hovis, So. Pitcher, North Carolina

ALL- ACC SECOND TEAM

Mark Zagunis, Jr. C, Virginia Tech
Thomas Smith, Jr. 1B, Georgia Tech
Steve Wilkerson, Sr. 2B, Clemson
Jordan Betts, Sr. 3B, Duke
Michael Russell, Jr. SS, North Carolina
Tyler Krieger, So. SS, Clemson
Charlie White, Jr. OF, Maryland
Daniel Spingola, Jr. OF, Georgia Tech
Dale Carey, Sr. OF, Miami
Chris Marconcini, R-Jr. OF, Duke
Matt Gonzalez, So. OF, Georgia Tech
Garrett Boulware, Jr. DH/UT, Clemson
Jake Stinnett, Sr. Pitcher, Maryland
Trent Thornton, So. Pitcher, North Carolina
Bryan Radziewski, R-Jr. Pitcher, Miami
Bryan Garcia, Fr. Pitcher, Miami

ALL- ACC THIRD TEAM

Zack Collins, Fr. C, Miami
Nate Irving, Jr. C, Virginia
Aaron Cohn, R-Jr. 1B, Duke
Brandon Lowe, R-Fr., 2B Maryland
Mott Hyde, Sr. 2B, Georgia Tech
Andrew Knizner, Fr. 3B, NC State
Daniel Pinero, Fr. SS, Virginia
Willie Abreu, Fr. OF, Miami
Steven Duggar, So. OF, Clemson
Jay Baum, Jr. OF, Clemson
Josh Delph, Jr. DH/UT, Florida State
Tom Zengel, Sr. DH/UT, North Carolina
Brandon Waddell, So. Pitcher, Virginia
Matthew Crownover, So. Pitcher, Clemson
Andrew Suarez, Jr. Pitcher, Miami
Gage Smith, R-Sr. Pitcher, Florida State


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