Moran, Emanual Named ACC Players of the Year

By Ran Northam Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Colin Moran (L) and Kent Emanuel (R) (Courtesy of

GREENSBORO – North Carolina didn’t take the prize for most All-ACC honors according to the coaches despite wrapping up the regular season and Coastal Division titles. However, juniors Colin Moran and Kent Emanuel received top honors.

Moran was named Player of the Year as he led the Tar Heels all season long at the plate. Moran is batting better than .375 on the season, and he leads the country in RBIs with 83, which is also a UNC single-season record.

Emanuel was named Pitcher of the Year. His nine wins ties a single-season career high while throwing a 2.28 earned run average. He currently leads the ACC in innings pitched with 102.2 in 14 appearances—all but one of which he started.

The Tar Heels did place five players on the all-conference lists. Senior first baseman Cody Stubbs was also named First Team All-ACC. Stubbs joins Moran among the top ten players in the country in RBIs with 66.

This season marks the first time since 2009 that three Tar Heels earned first team honors.

Two Carolina freshmen were named All-ACC Second Team. Skye Bolt captured an outfielder spot despite missing 17 games with a broken foot. He is batting better than .350 and has tallied ten doubles, six home runs, and 44 RBIs. Bolt is the first Tar Heel freshman to be named All-ACC since Colin Moran in 2011.

Relief pitcher Trent Thornton earned one of the four pitcher spots on the Second Team. He’s throwing better than a 1.50 ERA in 60.2 innings and is 8-1 with six saves in 21 appearances.

Virginia placed six players on the All-ACC teams; Florida State and Georgia Tech came in tied for third with four each.

2013 All-ACC Baseball Team
Zane EvansJr.CatcherGeorgia Tech
Cody StubbsSr.First BaseNorth Carolina
Reed GragnaniSr.Second BaseVirginia
Colin MoranJr.Third BaseNorth Carolina **
Chad PinderJr.Third BaseVirginia Tech
Trea TurnerSo.ShortstopNC State**
Mike PapiSo.OutfieldVirginia
Daniel PalkaJr.OutfieldGeorgia Tech**
Tyler HoranJr.OutfieldVirginia Tech
Nick HowardSo.DH/UtilityVirginia
Scott SitzSr.Starting PitcherFlorida State
Buck FarmerSr.Starting PitcherGeorgia Tech ***
Bryan RadziewskiJr.Starting PitcherMiami
Kent EmanuelJr.Starting PitcherNorth Carolina**
Carlos RodonSo.Starting PitcherNC State**
Kyle CrockettJr.Relief PitcherVirginia
Stephen McGeeJr.CatcherFlorida State
Tarran SenaySr.First BaseNC State
Steve WilkersonJr.Second BaseClemson**
Andy PerezSo.Second BaseDuke
Jordan BettsJr.Third BaseDuke
Branden CogswellSo.ShortstopVirginia
DJ StewartFr.OutfieldFlorida State
Kyle WrenJr.OutfieldGeorgia Tech**
Charlie WhiteSo.OutfieldMaryland
Skye BoltFr.OutfieldNorth Carolina
Joe McCarthyFr.OutfieldVirginia
Shane KennedyJr.DH/UtilityClemson
Daniel GossettSo.Starting PitcherClemson
Luke WeaverSo.Starting PitcherFlorida State
Jimmy ReedSr.Starting PitcherMaryland
Trent ThorntonFr.Relief PitcherNorth 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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