ACC announces 2018 baseball season honors

Greensboro, NC – Georgia Tech junior catcher Joey Bart has been voted the ACC Baseball Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches, while NC State senior lefthander Brian Brown earned the nod as ACC Pitcher of the Year.

NC State catcher Patrick Bailey was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year, while North Carolina’s Mike Fox earned ACC Coach of the Year honors. The Yellow Jackets’ Bart was also tabbed as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Bart and Brown head up the 2018 All-ACC Baseball Team, which was also announced on Monday.

Bart, a native of Buford, Georgia, leads Georgia Tech into this week’s ACC Baseball Championship as the conference leader in batting (.368), on-base percentage (.481), slugging percentage (.651) and total bases (138 in 55 games). He is tied for third among ACC players with 16 home runs and has driven in 38 runs. Twenty-eight of his 78 hits have gone for extra bases.

Georgia Tech catcher Joey bartA solid presence behind the plate in addition to posting standout offensive numbers, Bart boasts a .991 fielding percentage and has thrown out 12 of 33 baserunners on attempted steals. He has been named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, which is presented to college baseball’s top catcher. He also earned a spot on the midseason watch list for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award and is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, presented to college baseball’s top overall player.

Bart is ranked as the No. 1 catcher in all of Division I baseball by Baseball America and No. 2 by D1Baseball.com.

NC State’s Brown has compiled a 6-1 record and 2.37 ERA while helping the Wolfpack to a 40-14 overall record and a top-10 national ranking. The Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, native has struck out 85 batters in 87.1 innings while limiting opponents to a .219 batting average.

NC State senior lefthander Brian BrownBrown turned in arguably the strongest outing of his career on April 14, when he tossed his first career complete game while striking out eight batters and allowing just one earned run in an ACC win over Notre Dame. He was tabbed a Midseason All-American by Perfect Game and earned a spot on the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list.

Bailey, a 6-2, 192-pound native of Greensboro, North Carolina, has been a presence both at and behind the plate for NC State while appearing in 48 games – 44 in a starting role– during his freshman season.

NC State catcher Patrick Bailey was voted the ACC Freshman of the YearSporting a batting average of .319 that ranks second among Wolfpack regulars and is tied for 12th in the ACC, Bailey is fifth on his team in home runs with 10 and sixth in RBI with 32.

North Carolina’s Fox was voted the ACC Coach of the Year for the first time after leading the Tar Heels to their second consecutive Coastal Division title and the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming ACC Baseball Championship. This is the seventh division title overall for the Tar Heels under Fox, who is 877-372 in 20 seasons at UNC and surpassed the 1,400 mark in total wins as a college head coach during the 2018 season.

UNC baseball coach Mike Fox was voted the ACC Coach of the YearUNC, 37-17 overall, posted a 22-8 record in ACC regular-season play and owns five wins over fellow top-10 ranked teams. The Tar Heels are at No. 7 in the latest NCAA RPI, leading a group of five ACC teams among the top 17.

Bart and Brown are joined on this year’s All-ACC First Team by catcher Cal Raleigh of Florida State, first baseman Logan Wyatt of Louisville, second basemen Wade Bailey of Georgia Tech and Andy Weber of Virginia, third baseman Kyle Datres of North Carolina, shortstop Will Wilson of NC State, outfielders Seth Beer of Clemson, Josh Stowers of Louisville, and Josh McLain and Brett Kinneman of NC State, designated hitter/utility player Tristin English, and starting pitchers Connor Thomas of Georgia Tech and Drew Parrish of Florida State, and reliever Ryley Gilliam of Clemson.

Datres (.345), Bailey (.345), Weber (.342), Stowers (.335), McLain (.335), Wyatt (.332) and Raleigh (.330) all rank among the ACC’s top 10 hitters. McLain’s 83 total hits leads the conference. Clemson’s Beer leads the ACC in home runs with 19, followed by NC State’s Kinneman with 17. Kinneman leads in RBI with 60, one ahead of Georgia Tech’s English. Lousville’s Stowers leads in stolen bases with 33.

Florida State’s Parrish (4-0) owns a 2.52 ERA and has stuck out 107 batters in 89.1 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a collective .194 batting average. Georgia Tech’s Thomas (7-3) has fanned 104 batters while walking just nine in 94 innings. Thomas leads the ACC in complete games with three.

Gilliam has appeared in 23 games for the Atlantic Division champion Tigers and has posted 11 saves in addition to a stellar 0.79 ERA. He has struck out 50 batters in 34.1 innings while allowing just 17 hits.

NC State and Georgia Tech led with four players each voted to the 16-member All-ACC First Team. Clemson, Florida State and Louisville each had two players selected.

NC State and Louisville tied with a league-high seven selections each to the All-ACC First, Second and Third teams. Clemson and Georgia Tech each placed six total players. Duke, North Carolina and Florida State each had four All-ACC players.

NC State’s Bailey heads up this year’s ACC All-Freshman Team. The Wolfpack and Virginia each placed two freshmen on that 12-member squad.

2018 All-ACC Baseball Teams
Player of the Year – Joey Bart, Georgia Tech
Pitcher of the Year – Brian Brown, NC State
Defensive Player of the Year – Joey Bart, Georgia Tech
Freshman of the Year – Patrick Bailey, NC State
Coach of the Year – Mike Fox, North Carolina

First Team
C – Cal Raleigh, Florida State
C – Joey Bart, Georgia Tech
1B – Logan Wyatt, Louisville
2B – Wade Bailey, Georgia Tech
2B – Andy Weber, Virginia
3B – Kyle Datres, North Carolina
SS – Will Wilson, NC State
OF – Seth Beer, Clemson
OF – Josh Stowers, Louisville
OF – Josh McLain, NC State
OF – Brett Kinneman, NC State
DH/UT – Tristin English, Georgia Tech
SP – Connor Thomas, Georgia Tech
SP – Drew Parrish, Florida State
SP – Brian Brown, NC State
RP – Ryley Gilliam, Clemson

Second Team
C – Patrick Bailey, NC State
1B – Michael Busch, North Carolina
2B – Nick Podkul, Notre Dame
3B – Matt Vierling, Notre Dame
3B – Liam Sabino, Pitt
SS – Logan Davidson, Clemson
OF – Griffin Conine, Duke
OF – Jimmy Herron, Duke
OF – Chase Murray, Georgia Tech
OF – Brandon Riley, North Carolina
OF – Brock Deatherage, NC State
DH/UT – Jack Labosky, Duke
SP – Nick Bennett, Louisville
SP – Adam Wolf, Louisville
SP – Griffin Roberts, Wake Forest
RP – Ethan DeCaster, Duke

Third Team
C – Kyle Wilkie, Clemson
1B – Chris Williams, Clemson
1B – Kyle McCann, Georgia Tech
2B – Devin Mann, Louisville
3B – Drew Mendoza, Florida State
SS – Ike Freeman, North Carolina
OF – Chris Galland, Boston College
OF – Jackson Lueck, Florida State
OF – Eric Gilgenbach, Notre Dame
DH/UT – Grayson Byrd, Clemson
DH/UT – Danny Oriente, Louisville
DH/UT – Ron Washington Jr., Pitt
SP – Bobby Miller, Louisville
SP – Derek Casey, Virginia
SP – Evan McKendry, Miami
RP – Joe O’Donnell, NC State

All-Freshman Team
OF – Chris Galland, Boston College
RP – Spencer Strider, Clemson
1B – Joey Loperfido, Duke
P – CJ Van Eyk, Florida State
SP – Bobby Miller, Louisville
SS – Freddy Zamora, Miami
C – Patrick Bailey, NC State
SP – Reid Johnston, NC State
DH/UT – Ron Washington Jr., Pitt
RP – Andrew Abbott, Virginia
SS – Tanner Morris, Virginia
P – Ian Seymour, Virginia Tech