Six Yellow Jackets Tabbed to All-ACC Baseball Team
Dietrich, McGuire, Plagman and Skole earn first team honors
May 24, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Six Georgia Tech players were named to the 2010 All-ACC baseball team, as voted on by the 12 league coaches and announced by the ACC Office Monday morning.
Senior Tony Plagman, juniors Derek Dietrich and Deck McGuire and sophomore Matt Skole all landed a spot on the first team, while junior Thomas Nichols and Jed Bradley were named to the All-ACC second team. The four first-team honorees were the most of any ACC school, and the most by Georgia Tech since 2005.
Tech has had four or more players selected to All-ACC teams 15 times in head coach Danny Hall's 17-year tenure on the Flats.
Dietrich headlines the group with his third-straight All-ACC honor, after being named to the second team in both 2008 and 2009. The Parma, Ohio native is having a career year, batting .374 with 15 doubles, 16 home runs and 58 RBI. The junior shortstop has the sixth-best batting average in the conference, and ranks second in total bases with 149. He has hit 13 home runs in conference play alone, three more than the next highest total.
McGuire earns his second-straight first team All-ACC honor, after earning the school's first ever ACC Pitcher of the Year award one year ago in 2009. Tech's No.1 starter on the mound is 8-3 overall on the season, holding a 2.83 ERA with 105 strikeouts. His 98 2/3 innings pitched are the most in the conference, while his ERA and strikeouts rank second.
Plagman also earns his second career All-ACC honor. The senior first baseman is batting .359 with 15 doubles, 19 home runs and 70 RBI. Plagman's 19 home runs are the most in the ACC, while his .713 slugging percentage is the third best in the league. He currently has 53 career home runs, five shy of breaking the school-record of 57 held by former All-America catcher Jason Varitek.
Rounding out the list of first team honorees is sophomore third baseman Matt Skole, who earned his first career All-ACC honor after batting .346 with 13 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs and 57 RBI. Skole's 18 home runs are tied for the second most in the conference, while his .697 slugging percentage is the fourth-best.
Junior Thomas Nichols and Jed Bradley also earned their first career All-ACC nods, both making appearances on the second team. Nichols leads the team and ranks second in the conference with a .384 batting average. The designated hitter is also second in the ACC in on-base percentage with a .519 average.
Bradley, Tech's No. 3 weekend starter on the mound, combines with McGuire to give the Jackets two starting pitchers on the All-ACC team for the first time since 1998 (Chuck Crowder and L.J. Yankosy). Bradley leads the team, and is tied for the conference lead in wins with nine on the year. The Huntsville, Ala. native currently holds a 3.86 ERA, having recorded 93 strikeouts. His 10.25 strikeouts per nine innings is the second highest average in the conference.
2010 ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE BASEBALL TEAMS
Phil Gosselin Jr. Outfield Virginia **
Player of the Year - Yasmani Grandal, Miami
Pitcher of the Year - Danny Hultzen, Virginia
Freshman of the Year - Marcus Stroman, Duke
Coach of the Year - Brian O'Connor, Virginia
** - Two-time first- or second-team selection *** - Three time first- or second-team selection