First, the Wolfpack was ranked at No. 30 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, released early in the afternooon. Then, starting pitcher Michael Rogers was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for the fifth time this season, the second most times any pitcher in the history of the league has been so honored. Clemson's Kris Benson was named Pitcher of the Week six times in 1996. Rogers was selected for his complete-game five-hitter in last Thursday's 7-1 victory at North Carolina.
At the pre-tournament banquet, Rogers and fellow righthanders Vern Sterry and Joey Devine were named first-team All-ACC. First baseman David Hicks was named second-team all-conference. Sterry and Devine were both first-team All-ACC picks a year ago and became just the fourth and fifth pitchers in school history to be named first-team all-conference twice. Rogers was a second-team all-conference pick a year ago.
Rogers and Sterry dominated the conference this season. Sterry is 9-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 16 appearances, 14 of them starts. Rogers is 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA in 16 appearances and 15 starts. Devine is 0-2 but is tied for the conference lead with 10 saves, and has a 3.49 ERA. Hicks is hitting .327 and leads the Wolfpack with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 44 RBIs.
Virginia's Joe Koshansky was named ACC Player of the Year, while Cavaliers coach Brian O'Connor was named Coach of the Year. The conference Freshman of the Year was North Carolina's Daniel Bard.