Four Diamond Heels Named All-ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina placed four student-athletes on the 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams Monday as voted on by the league coaches. Pitchers Kent Emanuel and Michael Morin earned first team honors, while catcher Jacob Stallings and designated hitter Brian Holberton were named to the second team.

Junior closer Michael Morin and sophomore starter Kent Emanuel both earned All-ACC First Team honors. The pair of All-ACC First Team pitchers marks the first time in school history that two Carolina pitchers were named to the first team.

Morin has been one of the top closers in the country this season posting a 5-3 record with a 0.91 ERA in 49.1 innings pitched on the year. The junior right-hander has closed the door on a league-high 17 saves, which ranks fourth in the country. Morin becomes the first Tar Heel closer since Andrew Carignan in 2007 to earn All-ACC First Team honors.

Emanuel has turned in a stellar sophomore campaign with an 8-3 record and the second-lowest ERA in the conference at 1.80. The Woodstock, Ga., native opened the year with five straight wins and closed it with three more victories. Emanuel has produced a quality start in 13 of his 14 starts this season and becomes the first Tar Heel sophomore pitcher since Alex White to earn All-ACC First Team honors.

Carolina also had a pair of position players earn All-ACC Second Team honors with senior catcher Jacob Stallings and sophomore DH Brian Holberton being named to the squad. Stallings becomes the first Tar Heel catcher to earn an All-ACC mention since Tim Federowicz was named to the second team in 2008. The senior ranks third on the team with a .297 average for the year and owns the third-most doubles in the conference with 21. Stallings has been an anchor for the top pitching staff in the ACC this season and has held opponents to the fewest stolen base attempts in the country.

Holberton owns a .301 average on the year with 19 runs scored and 14 RBIs but has done most of his damage in ACC play with a .344 average against conference opponents. The Charlotte, N.C., native paced the Tar Heels at the plate against ACC opponents with 11 runs scored and 10 RBIs.

2012 All-ACC Baseball Team
Name Cl. Position School
Pete O'Brien Sr. Catcher Miami
Jayce Boyd Jr. First Base Florida State
Devon Travis Jr. Second Base Florida State **
Richie Shaffer Jr. Third Base Clemson **
Chris Diaz Jr. Shortstop NC State
James Ramsey Sr. Outfield Florida State **
Brandon Thomas Jr. Outfield Georgia Tech
Ryan Mathews Sr. Outfield NC State
Mac Williamson Jr. Outfield Wake Forest
Phil Pohl Sr. DH/Utility Clemson **
Marcus Stroman Jr. Starting Pitcher Duke
Buck Farmer Jr. Starting Pitcher Georgia Tech **
Kent Emanuel So. Starting Pitcher North Carolina
Carlos Rodon Fr. Starting Pitcher NC State
Robert Benincasa Jr. Relief Pitcher Florida State
Michael Morin Jr. Relief Pitcher North Carolina
Name Cl. Position School
Jacob Stallings Sr. Catcher North Carolina
Mark Zagunis Fr. Catcher Virginia Tech
Jake Davies Sr. First Base Georgia Tech **
Steve Wilkerson So. Second Base Clemson
Keith Werman Sr. Second Base Virginia **
Trea Turner Fr. Third Base NC State
Anthony Melchionda Sr. Shortstop Boston College
Daniel Palka So. Outfield Georgia Tech
Tom Bourdon So. Outfield Boston College
Thomas Brittle Jr. Outfield Clemson
Brian Holberton So. DH/Utility North Carolina
Mike Compton Fr, Starting Pitcher Florida State
Brett Harman Sr. Starting Pitcher Maryland
Eric Erickson Gr. Starting Pitcher Miami
Branden Kline Jr. Starting Pitcher Virginia **
Justin Thompson Sr. Relief Pitcher Virginia
Michael Dimock Sr. Relief Pitcher Wake Forest
Player of the Year – James Ramsey, Florida State
Pitcher of the Year – Carlos Rodon, NC State
Freshman of the Year – Carlos Rodon, NC State
Coach of the Year – Mike Martin, Florida State
** - Two-time first- or second-team selection

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