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 GoHeels.com)

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
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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