Pack’s Rodon named ACC's top pitcher, freshman

jgiglio@newsobserver.comMay 22, 2012 

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North Carolina State's Carlos Rodon pitches during an NCAA college baseball game against Clemson on Saturday, Apr. 14, 2012 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) GREENVILLE NEWS - OUT; SENECA JOURNAL - OUT

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N.C. State pitcher Carlos Rodon keeps winning. The freshman from Holly Springs won nine games during the regular season and two ACC awards on Monday.

The ACC named Rodon the Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Rodon’s one of three Wolfpack players voted to the all-conference first-team by the league’s 12 coaches.

"I just tried to make an impact and win games,” Rodon said Monday. “That’s all I wanted to do."

He did that and more. Rodon went 9-0 with an ACC-best 1.59 earned run average to help the Wolfpack to a 38-15 record and the No. 3 overall seed in the ACC tournament in Greensboro. (The Wolfpack opens Wednesday against sixth-seeded Miami at 3 p.m.)

Florida State, the regular-season winner, led all teams with four All-ACC selections, including outfielder James Ramsey, who won Player of the Year honors.

The four ACC schools from North Carolina accounted for seven of the 16 first-team selections. Junior shortstop Chris Diaz and senior outfielder Ryan Mathews joined Rodon as the Wolfpack selections.

“All-ACC is such a special award,” N.C. State coach Elliott Avent said. “Every player who has ever gotten that award, it means a lot to. It’s so hard to get. There are so many great players in our league.”

Sophomore pitcher Kent Emanuel and reliever Michael Morin were voted first-team for North Carolina, which won the Coastal Division and is the No. 2 overall seed in the ACC tournament.

Duke junior pitcher Marcus Stroman, who led the ACC in strikeouts, and Wake Forest junior outfield Mac Williamson also made the first team.

UNC placed two players on the second team, senior catcher Jacob Stallings and sophomore designated hitter Brian Holberton. N.C. State freshman third basemen Trea Turner also made the second team, as did Wake Forest reliever Michael Dimock.

2012 All-ACC baseball team

First team

C Pete O’Brien, sr., Miami

1B Jayce Boyd, jr., Florida State

2B Devon Travis, jr. Florida State

3B Richie Shaffer, jr., Clemson

SS Chris Diaz, jr., N.C. State

OF James Ramsey, sr., Florida State

OF Brandon Thomas, jr., Georgia Tech

OF Ryan Mathews, sr., N.C. State

OF Mac Williamson, jr., Wake Forest

DH/Utility Phil Pohl, sr., Clemson

SP Marcus Stroman, jr., Duke

SP Buck Farmer, jr., Georgia Tech

SP Kent Emanuel, so., UNC

SP Carlos Rodon, fr., N.C. State

RP Robert Benincasa, jr., Florida State

RP Michael Morin, jr., UNC

Second team

C Jacob Stallings, sr., UNC

C Mark Zagunis, fr., Virginia Tech

1B Jake Davies, fr., Georgia Tech

2B Steve Wilkerson, so., Clemson

2B Keith Werman, sr., Virginia

3B Trea Turner, fr., N.C. State

SS Anthony Melchionda, sr., Boston College

OF Daniel Palka, so., Georgia Tech

OF Tom Bourdon, so., Boston College

OF Thomas Brittle, jr., Clemson

DH/Utility Brian Holberton, so., UNC

SP Mike Compton, fr., Florida State

SP Brett Harman, sr., Maryland

SP Eric Erickson, sr., Miami

SP Branden Kline, jr., Virginia

RP Justin Thompson, sr., Virginia

RP Michael Dimock, sr., Wake Forest

Individual awards

Player of the Year: James Ramsey, Florida State

Pitcher of the Year: Carlos Rodon, N.C. State

Freshman of the Year: Carlos Rodon, N.C. State

Coach of the Year: Mike Martin, Florida State

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