GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John D. Swofford announced the 2011 All-ACC Academic Baseball Team Friday, and three Hokies were named to the team -- graduating senior Michael Seaborn, sophomore Andrew Rash and freshman Chad Pinder.
Seaborn highlights the team for both the ACC and Tech, as he earns his third selection to the squad - one of just three ACC players. Virginia’s Danny Hultzen and Duke’s Will Piwnica-Worms join him on the team. Seaborn finished his final year with the Hokies by scoring a team-high 53 runs, which at the end of the regular season was eighth in the ACC and 60th in the nation.
The Atlanta, Ga., native started in all 55 games and also hit 20 doubles, which were fourth at the end of the regular season in the league and 38th in the country, and was tied for 19th in sacrifice flies with seven. He ended the year with a .303 batting average with 66 hits, adding three triples and three home runs to his totals. He drove in 32 runs, walked 21 times and was hit by a pitch nine times.
Rash adds another highlight to his successful 2011 campaign, as he was already a Major League Baseball 36th round draft choice of the San Diego Padres, was an All-ACC first team honoree and was also named ACC Player of the Week once this year.
Rash, who started in 51 games, led the team in batting (.335), home runs (18), RBI (53), total bases (135), slugging percentage (.707) and on-base percentage (.416) and was tied for the team lead in hit by pitch (10). He was second on the team in runs scored (49) and tied for second in doubles (17).
Among the nation’s players, the Anderson, S.C. native finished tied for sixth in home runs during the regular season, 14th in slugging percentage, 30th in total bases and 65th in RBI.
Pinder brings home his first honor as a Hokie with this selection. The Poquoson, Va., native led Tech in most categories among true freshman, batting .317 in 27 starts with 33 hits, including three doubles, four triples and three home runs. He scored 21 runs and drove in 14 more. He also added a .510 slugging percentage and committed just one error in the field for a .983 fielding percentage (58 chances).
To be eligible for consideration for the team, a student-athlete must have earned at least a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained at least a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. To view the complete team, click here.
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