UNC's Colin Moran Named ACC Baseball Player Of The Year

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GREENSBORO, N.C.- North Carolina and Virginia, which have combined for 92 wins and finished 1-2 atop the ACC's Coastal Division, lead the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

North Carolina junior third baseman Colin Moran was selected as the ACC Player of the Year in a vote of the league's 12 head coaches, while Tar Heel junior Kent Emanuel received ACC Pitcher of the Year honors.

Virginia outfielder Joe McCarthy was recognized as the ACC Freshman of the Year, while the Cavaliers' Brian O'Connor was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the third time in four seasons and for the fourth time in his 10 seasons at Virginia.

Moran, the 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year, is the seventh UNC student-athlete to be named ACC Player of the Year.

The Rye, N.Y., native leads in the nation in RBIs with 83 and ranks third among ACC batters with a .376 average. Moran boasts a .504 on-base percentage and is a major reason UNC owns a 47-8 overall record and claimed the top seed for this week's ACC Baseball Championship at Durham (N.C.) Bulls Athletic Park.

Emanuel, who recently joined Moran in being named a semifinalist for the 2013 Dick Howser Award, owns a 9-3 record and a 2.28 ERA.

Emanuel's 102.2 innings pitched leads all ACC pitchers, and he is currently tied for the league lead in wins. The Woodstock, Ga., native owns a three-year record of 26-8 as a collegiate pitcher. Emanuel is the third UNC student-athlete to earn ACC Pitcher of the Year honors since the award was established in 2005.

Virginia's McCarthy has enjoyed a stellar freshman season, batting .333 with 47 RBIs and 15 hits for extra bases. Over half of McCarthy's RBIs came in conference play, where he batted .357.

The Scranton, Pa., native adapted to college baseball almost from the start, posting a 36-game on-base streak earlier in the season. McCarthy joined Danny Hultzen (2009) as Virginia's second ACC Rookie of the Year.

O'Connor leads the Cavaliers into this week's ACC Championship with 45 wins, marking the eighth time in his 10 seasons Virginia has recorded at least 40 wins (the Cavaliers reached 39 wins each of the other two years).

This year's Virginia team, which was picked to finish third in the Coastal Division in preseason, currently ranks seventh nationally, and the Cavaliers' 22 regular-season wins were the most of any conference team.

Ten schools placed at least one player on the 32-member All-ACC team, which includes one three-time selection in Georgia Tech pitcher Buck Farmer and six student-athletes who were honored for the second time.

2013 All-ACC Baseball Team
FIRST TEAM
Name Cl. Position School
Zane Evans Jr. Catcher Georgia Tech
Cody Stubbs Sr. First Base North Carolina
Reed Gragnani Sr. Second Base Virginia
Colin Moran Jr. Third Base North Carolina **
Chad Pinder Jr. Third Base Virginia Tech
Trea Turner So. Shortstop NC State**
Mike Papi So. Outfield Virginia
Daniel Palka Jr. Outfield Georgia Tech**
Tyler Horan Jr. Outfield Virginia Tech
Nick Howard So. DH/Utility Virginia
Scott Sitz Sr. Starting Pitcher Florida State
Buck Farmer Sr. Starting Pitcher Georgia Tech ***
Bryan Radziewski Jr. Starting Pitcher Miami
Kent Emanuel Jr. Starting Pitcher North Carolina**
Carlos Rodon So. Starting Pitcher NC State**
Kyle Crockett Jr. Relief Pitcher Virginia
SECOND TEAM
Name Cl. Position School
Stephen McGee Jr. Catcher Florida State
Tarran Senay Sr. First Base NC State
Steve Wilkerson Jr. Second Base Clemson**
Andy Perez So. Second Base Duke
Jordan Betts Jr. Third Base Duke
Branden Cogswell So. Shortstop Virginia
DJ Stewart Fr. Outfield Florida State
Kyle Wren Jr. Outfield Georgia Tech**
Charlie White So. Outfield Maryland
Skye Bolt Fr. Outfield North Carolina
Joe McCarthy Fr. Outfield Virginia
Shane Kennedy Jr. DH/Utility Clemson
Daniel Gossett So. Starting Pitcher Clemson
Luke Weaver So. Starting Pitcher Florida State
Jimmy Reed Sr. Starting Pitcher Maryland
Trent Thornton Fr. Relief Pitcher North Carolina

Player of the Year: Colin Moran, North Carolina
Pitcher of the Year: Kent Emanuel, North Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Joe McCarthy, Virginia
Coach of the Year: Brian O'Connor, Virginia

** - Two-time first- or second-team selection
*** - Three-time first or second-team selection

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