UNC's Moran, Emanuel sweep ACC baseball honors
After winning the ACC regular-season title for the first time since 1990, North Carolina players have claimed the top individual awards.
Junior third baseman Colin Moran was named ACC player of the year and junior lefthander Kent Emanuel was named ACC pitcher of the year, the league announced Monday.
It marked the first time since 2007 that teammates garnered both honors.
Moran leads the country and matched a school single-season record with 83 RBIs heading into Monday. The Rye, N.Y., native also leads the team in hitting (.376), home runs (13) and runs (66).
Moran is the third Tar Heel to win the player of the year award since 1980, joining Brian Roberts (1998) and Dustin Ackley (2009).
Emanuel went 9-3 with a 2.28 ERA and threw a league-leading 102.2 innings in 14 appearances (13 starts).
The Woodstock, Ga., native became the third UNC pitcher to take the top honor since the award was introduced in 2005. The others were Andrew Miller (2006) and Alex White (2008).
Moran and Emanuel were joined on the All-ACC first team by UNC senior first baseman Cody Stubbs, who is hitting .349 with 21 doubles and 66 RBIs.
The Tar Heels had a pair of freshmen make the All-ACC second team — outfielder Skye Bolt and reliever Trent Thornton. Bolt owns a .359 average with six home runs and 44 RBIs despite missing 17 games because of a broken foot. Thornton has the lowest ERA in the ACC (1.48) and is 8-1 with six saves.
Duke had two second-team selections in junior third baseman Jordan Betts and sophomore second baseman Andy Perez. It was the first time a Duke position player has been honored in four years, when Nate Freiman and Jeremy Gould made the second team.
Betts has started all 164 games in his career and had seven home runs and 48 RBIs this season. Perez, Duke’s leadoff hitter, led the Blue Devils in batting average (.316) and stolen bases (18).
N.C. State had three players honored, with pitcher Carlos Rodon and shortstop Trea Turner on the first team and first baseman Tarran Senay on the second team. Rodon leads the country in strikeouts (137), while Turner led the team in average (.383) and Senay leads the team in RBIs (49).
Virginia had a league-high six All-ACC selections and earned the two other individual awards, with Joe McCarthy winning freshman of the year and Brian O’Connor getting coach of the year. The honors are voted on by the league’s coaches.
Locals join national team
Bolt, Rodon and Turner will all play for USA Baseball’s 2013 Collegiate National Team this summer.
Rodon and Turner participated a year ago, while Bolt will be UNC’s first representative since Tim Federowicz in 2006.
The team will train at the National Training Complex in Cary June 21-July 2, will play in Japan July 6-11 and will face Cuba in various U.S. cities July 18-23.