UNC’s Dalatri, Hiatt, McGee earn freshman All-America honors
Gianluca Dalatri, Josh Hiatt and Ashton McGee were named to the 2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American team, the news outlet announced Wednesday.
Dalatri, a right-hander from Wall Township, N.J., went 7-3 with a 3.34 ERA across 15 starts in his rookie season. Dalatri was a weekend starter from the opening series and pitched the bulk of the season as UNC’s No. 2 pitcher behind J.B. Bukauskas. A third-team All-ACC pick and a member of the ACC All-Freshman Team, Dalatri earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors in February and finished his rookie year with a team-best 97.0 innings of work, in which he struck out 85 batters and walked just 19.
Charlotte product Hiatt was a bullpen stalwart who registered 13 saves and had a 0.29 ERA in ACC competition.
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A native of Pikeville who started 57 games at second base and designated hitter, McGee hit .327 with 10 doubles and seven home runs for No. 2 national seed North Carolina. The ACC Freshman of the Year was even better in league play, ranking second on the team in hitting with a .333 average while starting all 30 games.
N.C. State: Following a pair of standout rookie seasons, Brad Debo and Will Wilson have been tabbed Freshman All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball.
Debo turned in a stellar freshman season in which he led Wolfpack with a .335 batting average, ranking among the top 20 and the second highest for a freshman in the ACC. He collected 72 hits, the second most on the team and drove in 43 runs, third most on the squad. Debo hit 18 doubles in his first season on campus and scored 30 runs.
Wilson was one of just two Wolfpack players to start all 61 games and one of a few freshmen in the ACC to start all its team’s games. He started 57 games at second base, two at shortstop and a pair at designated hitter. Wilson finished the year with a .300 batting average to go along with 72 hits, tying with classmate Debo for the second most on the team. He tied for the ACC lead with 21 doubles, the second-highest total for any freshman in the nation.
ECU: Freshman Spencer Brickhouse has been named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America Team. In his rookie season with the Pirates, Brickhouse batted .310 (61-for-197) with 28 RBIs and scored 36 runs. He belted 10 home runs on the year tying Travis Watkins for the team lead and ranked eighth in the AAC. The Zebulon native started 51 of 57 games, registering 16 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games to go along with his 19 extra base hits and four game-winning RBI.
N.C. Central: Corey Joyce, Jake Raby and Carter Williams have been named to the 2017 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American team, announced on by Collegiate Baseball.
Joyce was also a First Team All-MEAC selection, Black College Nines Large School First Team member, and a two-time MEAC Rookie of the Week honoree.
Williams was a Second Team All-MEAC selection after he broke the school modern era single-season hit record with 72 hits, which is the most in the league.
Raby was named Third Team All-MEAC and was also named MEAC Rookie of the Week twice during the season. He finished third on the team and top-10 in the MEAC in RBIs with 31, and he also finished fifth in the league with 12 doubles.
N.C. State: For the fourth consecutive season under ACC Coach of the Year Wes Moore, the Wolfpack will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday in a tropical paradise. The team will be competing in the 2017 Puerto Rico Clasico in the city of Fajardo on the island of Puerto Rico near the end of November. At the competition, the Pack will take on Alabama (Nov. 23) and South Dakota State (Nov. 24). All games will take place at the 5,000-seat Fajardo Arena. Teams will be housed at the five-star Waldorf Astoria El Conquistador Resort. Game times are to be determined.
Duke: Junior Leona Maguire has been named the 2017 winner of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M, which honors the most outstanding female Division I collegiate golfer as voted on by her peers, coaches and golf media. A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire collected the second-lowest stroke average in NCAA history this past season with a 70.29 ledger.
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