Six Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Honors

Led by Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year Alex White, North Carolina had six individuals earn spots on the league's all-conference teams, which were announced Monday.

White was joined on the first team by outfielder Tim Fedroff, while first baseman Dustin Ackley, catcher Tim Federowicz, second baseman Kyle Seager and relief pitcher Rob Wooten garnered second-team honors.

Ackley, Fedroff and Federowicz are repeat selections from 2007, while White, Seager and Wooten each picked up all-league honors for the first time. Carolina's six All-ACC selections were second behind Miami's eight.

White, who joins Andrew Miller as the lone Tar Heels to capture ACC Pitcher of the Year honors, logged an 8-3 record with 76 strikeouts to just 32 walks in a team-high 65 1/3 innings. The sophomore right-hander enters the postseason third in the ACC with a 3.03 ERA and also ranks third in wins, ninth in strikeouts and sixth in opponent batting average. The Greenville, N.C., native went 6-3 in league action and is 5-1 over his last seven starts.

Fedroff, who has started 54 games in right field, makes his second straight all-conference appearance but is a first-time first-team selection. The Flagtown, N.J., product is batting .383 with a team-high 11 home runs and 56 RBI to rank second. He is second in the ACC with 88 hits and ranks among the league's top 10 in average, runs, RBI and total bases. Fedroff, who hit for the cycle at UNC Greensboro April 15, has posted 28 multi-hit games, including 13 three-hit efforts.

A first-team selection last year, Ackley is third in the ACC with a UNC-best .395 average and also ranks among the league's top 10 in six other offensive categories. He leads the team in runs, walks and stolen bases and has posted 28 multi-hit games. The Walnut Cove, N.C., native has started all 55 games.

Federowicz is a second-team pick for the second straight year after batting .310 with three home runs, 18 doubles and 35 RBI. The junior catcher, who has started all 55 games, has come on over the last half of the season with a .340 average over the last 36 games. Also a standout on the mound, Federowicz has allowed just one run and has 13 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

Seager, a sophomore from Kannapolis, N.C., leads the ACC with a UNC-record 26 doubles and is second with 67 RBI. He ranks seventh in the league with a .382 average and is fourth with 84 hits. Seager, who has started all 55 games, has posted a team-high 30 multi-hit games and hit safely in 27 straight games earlier this season for the fourth-longest hitting streak in school history.

Wooten leads the league with 32 relief appearances and is 5-1 with three saves. The Fremont, N.C., right-hander has posted a 1.17 ERA and is holding the opposition to a .177 average. He has struck out 54 and walked only 17 in 46 1/3 innings, while allowing only five of 34 inherited runners to score

The third-seeded Tar Heels open the 2008 ACC Baseball Championship Wednesday against Virginia at 8 p.m.


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