N.C. State’s Carlos Rodon named freshman pitcher of the year

News ServicesJune 12, 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’s Carlos Rodon has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman Pitcher of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday.

Rodon, a semifinalist of the Dick Howser trophy, college baseball’s equivalent to the Heisman, became the first freshman in ACC history to be named conference Pitcher of the Year.

The left-hander was also selected the ACC Freshman of the Year.

Rodon led the ACC with a 1.57 ERA in 1142/3 innings pitched, and a .176 opponent batting average.

Big South: The Big South announced a new 24-game, two-division format for baseball for the 2013 season at the conference’s annual spring meetings in Charlotte.

The yet-to-be-named divisions will consist of Campbell, High Point, Liberty, Longwood VMI and Radford in one division. Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, Winthrop and UNC Asheville will make up the other.

The top eight teams will advance to the Conference Championship and will play in double-elimination brackets leading up to the championship game. The procedure to determine seedings has yet to be determined and will be announced at a later date.

Tennis

Duke’s Beatrice Capra has been named to the United States Tennis Association Summer Collegiate Team, as announced by the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tuesday.

Capra is one of 16 men’s and women’s collegiate players selected to this year’s squad, and is the lone representative from the ACC named to the women’s team.

Capra wrapped up this season a record of 32-5 in singles, including a 23-2 record in dual match play. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, garnering All-America honors.

She earned numerous accolades as a rookie, including ACC Player of the Year, ACC Freshman of the Year, ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player, ITA National Co-Rookie of the Year and ITA Carolina Region Rookie of the Year.

Capra finished the year ranked No. 2 in singles in the final ITA poll and guided the Blue Devils to semifinals of the NCAA Championship and the program’s league-leading 17th ACC title.

Football

Former Shaw assistant Richard McGeorge, has been named to the College Football Hall of Fame in the Divisional Class.

McGeorge was an All-American and Academic All-American at Elon.

He was drafted by Green Bay with the 16th pick in the 1970 draft and played for the Packers for nine years.

McGeorge had coaching stints as an assistant coach at the college, USFL, Arena League, XFL and NFL levels. He served as offensive line coach at Shaw for five years before retiring in 2011 for health reasons.

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