Miller was selected the ACC Player of the Year in a vote of the league's 12 head coaches, 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.
Miller, a native of Windermere, Fla., leads the ACC in batting with a .431 average –
61 points higher than the next-highest hitter. Despite missing seven early-season
games due to injury, Miller is tied for fourth in the conference in stolen bases
(21). Eighteen of Miller's 72 hits have gone for extra bases, and he has driven in
44 runs to help key the Tigers to a 39-17 overall record, a consensus national
top-20 ranking and an RPI that ranks among the nation's top 10.
With a .426 batting average in ACC games, Miller also led all players' in that
category. His selection as ACC Player of the Year increases Clemson's number in that
category to a conference-high 12. Miller is the first Tiger to receive the honor
since Khalil Greene in 2002.
Hultzen becomes the first player to claim back-to-back ACC Pitcher of the Year
honors since the award was established in 2005. It is the third major conference
award for the Bethesda, Md., native, who also was named the 2009 ACC Freshman of the
Hultzen has posted a 9-3 record and a 1.49 ERA while leading the Cavaliers (45-9) to
a share of the ACC Coastal Division title and a No. 1 national ranking for much of
the season. His 131 strikeouts lead the conference and rank second nationally. The
junior lefthander owns a 29-5 career record for an .853 winning percentage that
currently ranks 19th all-time among ACC pitchers.
Moran, of Rye, N.Y., leads the ACC with 67 RBI in 56 games. Moran is fourth in the
conference in batting at .355, and his .389 mark in conference games ranked second
only to Clemson's Miller. Moran is just the fourth freshman in North Carolina school
history to drive in at least 60 runs in a season, a major reason the Tar Heels carry
a 44-12 mark into this week's ACC Championship at Durham, N.C.
Virginia's O'Connor received his second straight ACC Coach of the Year Award and his
third overall after guiding the Cavaliers to at least a share of the Coastal
Division title and the No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship for the second straight
year. Virginia's 45 wins tie for third-best in school history and are six behind the
record of 51 set last season.
O'Connor's Cavaliers placed a league-high seven players on the All-ACC first and
second teams, including five first-team selections. Atlantic Division Champion
Florida State and Coastal Division Co-Champion Georgia Tech each saw six players
voted to the team, while five were chosen from Clemson and four from North Carolina.
Virginia's Hultzen, Florida State senior outfielder/pitcher Mike McGee and Clemson
senior outfielder Jeff Schaus were each voted to the team for the third time.
Florida State junior pitcher Sean Gilmartin, Georgia Tech junior third baseman Matt
Skole and Yellow Jackets' junior pitcher Jed Bradley were each honored for the
Miller named ACC Player of the Year
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