Louisville junior Drew Harrington has been named ACC Pitcher of the Year; the Cardinals' Saturday pitcher is 11-1 with a 1.66 ERA

University of Louisville junior Drew Harrington has been named ACC Pitcher of the Year by the league coaches. Harrington is 11-1 on the season with a 1.66 ERA. U of L coach Dan McDonnell named Coach of the Year.

The University of Louisville has the ACC Pitcher of the Year, but it's not likely one of the team's two aces that many felt in the beginning of the season would be leading the Cardinals.

Nope.

It's junior Drew Harrington. The left-hander from Elizabethtown, Ky., has been named ACC Pitcher of the Year by the leagues coaches after a sensational junior season that has him 11-1 with a 1.66 ERA heading into the ACC Tournament.

"It's great the rest of the nation has been able to see what we've seen," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said.

Harrington was 8-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 10 starts in the ACC Conference. He has 12 quality starts - three of fewer earned runs in six or more innings - in 14 outings this season.

Harrington is one of three U of L pitchers with 11 wins, which ranks No. 2 nationally. He also ranks No. 12 in the country in ERA.

McDonnell was named ACC Coach of the Year. The Cardinals are 46-10 heading into the ACC Tournament, which begins tomorrow. U of L will play the Wake Forest-Duke winner on Wednesday at 7 o'clock. The Cardinals play Clemson on Friday at 11 a.m. and will meet Virginia at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The ACC title game is Sunday at noon.

ALL-ACC TEAM

Harrington was joined on the All-ACC first team by four teammates: outfielder Corey Ray, Brendan McKay as a utility player and also as a pitcher, and reliever Zach Burdi.

On the second team was second baseman Nick Solak.

Shortstop Devin Hairston, third baseman Blake Tiberi and catcher Will Smith were on the third-team, while Devin Mann was named to the All-ACC Freshman team.


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