NC State baseball landed Preston Palmeiro, Evan Mendoza, Josh McLain, and Brett Kinneman on ACC all-conference teams, announcedMonday by the league office.
Palmeiro and Mendoza made the second team at first and third, respectively. McLain garnered a third team mention as an outfielder. Kinneman earned a spot as one of 12 players on the ACC All-Freshman team.
This season marks the 20th year in a row Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent has guided at least one player to an All-ACC team. The Pack’s four selections in 2016 are the second-most in the last 10 years, outpaced by last season’s five.
Palmeiro finished the regular season a .327 hitter, good for second on the team, with a team-leading 68 hits, 48 RBIs, 50 runs, and 18 doubles. The junior swatted eight homers including two in the final series of the year against No. 17 North Carolina. Only Chance Shepard has more with 11. Palmeiro made second team at first base as a sophomore in 2015.
Mendoza led the Pack with a .377 average in 2016, scoring 29 times on 60 hits and 18 walks. The sophomore made the switch to position player from pitcher this year and enjoyed a 23-game hitting streak, the third-longest in NC State history. Last week, Mendoza was named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, recognizing the nation’s breakout player of the year.
McLain hit .319 in 48 starts playing center, and didn’t commit an error until the last weekend of the year. The sophomore suffered a broken bone in his hand that forced him to the sideline for four contests. McLain returned from the injury April 29 and played through the pain to contribute career-high tying four RBI game against Clemson on May 7.
Kinneman broke into the Wolfpack lineup for good on April 2 following an ankle injury to left fielder Garrett Suggs. The freshman provided hits in 17 of his first 19 starts. Finishing the regular season with a .294 average, Kinneman sports a .520 slugging percentage with 30 hits in 26 starts, 11 doubles, and four homers to go with 26 RBIs.