Crownover ACC pitcher of the year

Junior lefthander Matthew Crownover (Ringgold, Ga.) was named ACC Pitcher-of-the-Year in a vote by the 14 ACC head coaches, announced Monday.

Crownover is 10-1 with a 1.42 ERA, .187 opponents' batting average and 91 strikeouts against 33 walks in 95.0 innings pitched over 14 starts in 2015. He leads the ACC in ERA, wins and innings pitched, and is third in strikeouts and opponents' batting average. Clemson has an 11-3 record in his 14 starts as well.

With his win at No. 8 Florida State on Thursday, he became the first Tiger since 2013 (Daniel Gossett) and the first Tiger lefthander since 1996 (Ken Vining) to total 10 wins in a season.

In ACC regular-season games in 2015, Crownover had a 7-1 record, 1.03 ERA, .176 opponents’ batting average and 61 strikeouts in 70.0 innings pitched over 10 starts.

In 264.1 innings pitched over 46 appearances (44 starts) and three seasons, he has a 25-10 record and 2.18 ERA while allowing 222 hits (.228 opponents’ batting average) and 70 walks with 226 strikeouts, as he is tied for seventh in Clemson history in career wins and fifth in ERA. He also has a 15-7 record, 1.61 ERA and .218 opponents’ batting average in 173.0 innings pitched over 27 starts in ACC regular-season games in his career.

Crownover is Clemson's first-ever ACC Pitcher-of-the-Year, as the ACC first named one in 2005. Kris Benson was the last Tiger hurler to earn ACC Player-of-the-Year honors in 1996.

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