Five Deacons Named to All-ACC Baseball Teams

The All-ACC baseball team has been announced.

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Five Wake Forest baseball players were named to the All-ACC team on Saturday night at the conference tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla. The teams were determined by a vote of the league's nine coaches. Senior closer Dave Bush, sophomore pitcher Kyle Sleeth, centerfielder Adam Bourassa and designated hitter Ryan Johnson were selected to the first team. Junior second baseman Nick Blue earned second team honors.

Bush, who makes his second consecutive appearance on the first team, put up impressive numbers. Bush is 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA, an ACC-leading 13 saves and an NCAA-leading 38 appearances. The senior from Devon, Pa., allowed just one earned run in 26.1 regular season innings against conference opponents. The next time Bush comes in from the bullpen will be his 141st career appearance, tying for the ACC record.

Sleeth, the ace of the Deacon rotation, has a perfect 13-0 record with a 2.80 ERA and 99 strikeouts. A sophomore from Westminster, Colo., Sleeth leads the conference in wins and strikeouts and is second in ERA. He has two complete games, 1.5 shutouts to his credit and has defeated four nationally-ranked teams.

Bourassa, a junior from Apple Valley, Minn., leads the Deacons in most offensive categories including batting average (.422), runs (64), hits (97), triples (4), on-base percentage (.502) and stolen bases (25). Bourassa, in his first season at Wake Forest, has started in all 56 games in center field for the Deacons and finished third in the league in hitting.

Johnson, a junior from Laguna Hills, Calif., is the team's second-leading hitter with a .373 batting average. He has 13 home runs and 69 RBI, both good for second on the team. Johnson finished the season on a tear, batting .519 over the last 12 games with five home runs and 23 RBI. In the ACC Tournament, Johnson was 9-for-17 with two home runs and seven RBI.

Wake Forest (44-11-1) now looks to the NCAA Tournament. The brackets will be announced live on ESPN2, Monday at 12:30 p.m. The Demon Deacons expect to receive their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.


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