Ackley ACC POY, Five Heels All-ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Led by 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Dustin Ackley, Coastal Division champion North Carolina matched a league-best with five players on the annual All-ACC teams, which were announced Monday.

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Ackley, a junior first baseman, was joined on the first team by junior third baseman Kyle Seager and junior starting pitcher Alex White, while senior starter Adam Warren and junior reliever Brian Moran claimed second-team accolades.

In addition to Ackley's honor, Georgia Tech's Deck McGuire is the ACC Pitcher of the Year, while Virginia pitcher/first baseman Danny Hultzen is the league's Freshman of the Year. Florida State's Mike Martin was named Coach of the Year. Carolina, Atlantic Division champion Florida State, and Virginia led all schools in total selections to the 33-member team with five each. The honors were selected via a vote of the league's head coaches.

Ackley is the sixth Tar Heel to claim player of the year honors, the first since Brian Roberts in 1998 and just Carolina's second since 1980. The 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year, Ackley is just the fifth player in league history to earn both freshman of the year and player of the year honors, joining Roberts, Georgia Tech's Jason Varitek and Mark Teixeira and Wake Forest's Jamie D'Antota, all of whom reached the major leagues.

A three-time all-conference pick, Ackley ranks among the ACC's top three in eight different offensive categories and leads the league in hits with 87, while ranking second in both average at .405 and home runs with a career-best 17 to match the most by a Tar Heel since 2003. He has a team-high 35 extra-base hits, including 14 doubles and four triples, and has added 64 runs, 56 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Ackley owns a .744 slugging percentage and a .511 on-base percentage to rank second in the league in both categories.

A program-best .408 career hitter, Ackley is closing in on Carolina career records in hits and runs as a junior and already ranks among the Tar Heels' top 10 in 10 different offensive categories. With 24 multi-hit games this season, Ackley now has 101 in 196 career games.

Seager claims all-league honors for the second straight season after batting .390 with 22 doubles, four home runs and 46 RBI in his first year at third base. Seager, who leads the league in doubles, is second in hits and fifth in batting in overall games, bettered those numbers in conference play with a .417 average to rank third in the league. He has a team-high 24 multi-hit games and has posted a pair of 16-game hitting streaks this season.

White is a first-team selection for the second straight season after posting a 7-3 record, a 3.38 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings. He ranks second in the league in wins and strikeouts and is third with a .221 opponent batting average. White, who is also among the league's top 10 in ERA, innings and shutouts, has pitched at least six innings in 11 of 12 starts and has logged seven starts with at least eight strikeouts. White, who tops all ACC pitchers with 74 strikeouts and 71 1/3 innings in league action, earned national pitcher of the week honors for his complete-game, one-hit shutout of Miami April 17.

Warren is a first-time all-league choice after posting a 3.49 ERA and a 6-2 record over 69 2/3 innings. He has fanned a career-best 74 batters against just 32 walks and is holding the opposition to a .241 average. Warren is sixth in the league in ERA, eighth in opponent average and 10th in strikeouts. He is a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award and a member of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III First Team.

Moran picked up All-ACC honors for the first time after posting a dominant season out of the Tar Heel bullpen. Entering the ACC Tournament, Moran leads the league in ERA at 1.91, appearances with 30 and opponent batting average at .172. Additionally, he is tied for third in wins with seven and is tied for sixth with 77 strikeouts. With 77 Ks to just four walks, Moran owns a remarkable 19.3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Moran also tops the league in ERA with a 2.59 mark in conference games.

The Tar Heels open the 2009 ACC Championship Wednesday against Duke at 8 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and will face Virginia at 8 p.m. Friday and Clemson at 4 p.m. Saturday in the round-robin event.

2009 ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Name Cl. Position School
Tony Sanchez Jr. Catcher Boston College
Dustin Ackley Jr. First Base North Carolina
Phil Gosselin So. Second Base Virginia
Kyle Seager Jr. Third Base North Carolina
Tyler Cannon Jr. Shortstop Virginia
Jeff Schaus So. Outfield Clemson
Tyler Holt So. Outfield Florida State
Luke Murton Sr. Outfield Georgia Tech
Jeff Rowland So. Outfield Georgia Tech
Dan Grovatt So. Outfield Virginia
Jarrett Parker So. Outfield Virginia
Danny Hultzen Fr. Utility (1B/SP) Virginia
Andrew Wolcott Sr. Starting Pitcher Duke
Deck McGuire So. Starting Pitcher Georgia Tech
Alex White Jr. Starting Pitcher North Carolina
Sean Gilmartin Fr. Starting Pitcher Florida State
Kyle Bellamy Jr. Relief Pitcher Miami

SECOND TEAM
Name Cl. Position School
Yasmani Grandal So. Catcher Miami
Nate Freiman Sr. First Base Duke
Tony Plagman Jr. First Base Georgia Tech
Jason Stidham Jr. Second Base Florida State
Scott Lawson Jr. Second Base Miami
Mickey Wiswall So. Third Base Boston College
Derek Dietrich So. Shortstop Georgia Tech
Stephen Cardullo Jr.. Shortstop Florida State
Steve Domecus Jr. Outfield Virginia Tech
Robbie Anston Jr. Outfield Boston College
Jeremy Gould Jr. Outfield Duke
Mike Belifore Jr. Utility (1B/RP) Boston College
Mike McGee So. Utility (OF/SP) Florida State
Adam Warren Sr. Starting Pitcher North Carolina
Chris Hernandez So. Starting Pitcher Miami
Jimmy Gillheeney Jr. Starting Pitcher NC State
Brian Moran Jr. Relief Pitcher North Carolina

Player of the Year – Dustin Ackley, North Carolina

Pitcher of the Year – Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech

Freshman of the Year – Danny Hultzen, Virginia

Coach of the Year – Mike Martin, Florida State 

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