The Wake Forest baseball team had five named to All-ACC teams, the most since 2003, the league announced on Monday.
Will Craig and Nate Mondou were named first-team All-ACC, Stuart Fairchild was second team All-ACC, and Gavin Sheets and Parker Dunshee earned a third team All-ACC nod in the voting by the league’s head coaches.
Craig, last year’s ACC Player of the Year, received first-team honors for the second straight year, this time at third base.
Mondou also earns first-team honors at second base for the second consecutive year. After a slow start, Mondou has recovered to raise his average to .311 to go along with 14 doubles, two homers and 32 RBIs, and is 4-for-5 on stolen bases.
Fairchild, a first-team pick a year ago, joined the second team as an outfielder in 2016. The sophomore is the only Deacon to start every game, and leads the squad with 19 doubles and 14 stolen bases. Fairchild is hitting .309 with four homers and 44 RBIs.
Sheets receives an all-conference nod at first base for the first time in his career, as he’s hitting .332 with nine homers and 44 RBIs. He recently had a 22-game hitting streak, the fourth-longest in program history.
Dunshee also earned his first all-league nod as a third-team starting pitcher. Dunshee has an 8-4 record and 3.21 ERA to go along with 77 strikeouts. He becomes Wake Forest’s first all-conference starting pitcher since Tim Cooney in 2011.
N.C. State: The school landed Preston Palmeiro, Evan Mendoza, Josh McLain, and Brett Kinneman on ACC all-conference teams.
Palmeiro and Mendoza made the second team at first and third, respectively. McLain garnered a third team mention as an outfielder. Kinneman earned a spot as one of 12 players on the ACC All-Freshman team. This season marks the 20th year in a row Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent has guided at least one player to an All-ACC team. The Pack’s four selections in 2016 are the second-most in the last 10 years, outpaced by last season’s five.
Duke: Jimmy Herron, Jack Labosky and Zack Kone garnered honors from the ACC.
Herron and Labosky both earned second team All-ACC honors, while Kone collected All-ACC Freshman Team recognition. Herron was also tabbed to the All-ACC Freshman Team. With Herron and Labosky’s all-league citations, the Blue Devils now had at least one All-ACC honoree five straight seasons for the first time since 1994-99.
North Carolina: Junior center fielder Tyler Ramirez and sophomore pitcher J.B. Bukauskas were named to the All-ACC second team. Junior pitcher Zac Gallen was a third-team selection for the Tar Heels, who finished the regular season tied for 10th with Wake Forest.
Ramirez had his finest season as a Tar Heel in 2016, leading the team in a number of offensive categories, including home runs, walks, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. The Suffolk, Virginia, product hit .333 during the regular season with eight long balls and 47 RBIs while playing high-level defense in center. Ramirez started all 30 ACC regular season games and hit a team-best .317 with five homers and 25 RBIs.
Campbell: Matt Parrish has been named First Team All-Big South. In addition, Parrish was named to the Big South’s All-Academic Team for the third time in his career. Also, Grant Yost was named Second Team All-Big South and Anthony Lopez received an honorable mention nod.
Elon: The Phoenix is seeded third in the upcoming CAA Tournament that will be held from Wednesday through Saturday at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The team will open the tournament with a 3:30 p.m. game against host and sixth-seeded College of Charleston. All Elon games can be heard live on WSML 104.5 FM and 1200 AM and online at elonphoenix.com.
Track and Field
St. Augustine’s: The Falcons are favored to win their fourth consecutive men’s outdoor track and field title.
The team is ranked No. 1 for the eight straight week heading into the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
The Lady Falcons are picked to finish third in the women’s division of the championship meet. The Lady Falcons are ranked third for the third consecutive week after holding the top spot for five weeks in a row.
Duke: The U.S. women’s team topped Chile in a recent three-game series ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.
Former Blue Devil standouts Lauren Blazing and Stefanie Fee were both in action for Team USA. Fee, a 2011 graduate, helped the U.S. preserve a 2-0 shutout in the opening contest with a solid defensive move on a Chile penalty corner attempt.
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