GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia Tech freshman catcher Mark Zagunis was selected to the 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference’s Second Team, as announced on Monday by the league office in voting conducted by the ACC’s 12 head coaches.
Zagunis becomes just the sixth Hokie to be named to either the first or second team in the school’s eight years in the ACC and is the first Tech freshman named to a postseason conference team since Sean O’Brien (First Team) and Warren Schaeffer (Third Team) were named All-BIG EAST in 2004.
Zagunis led the team in batting (.344), on-base percentage (.430) and stolen bases (17), while he was second in hits (65) and doubles (13), and third in slugging percentage (.513), total bases (97), walks (21) and tied for third in RBI (34), triples (2) and hit-by-pitch (9).
Among the conference players, Zagunis was seventh in batting average and was the top freshman, third in stolen bases and 10th in on-base percentage. In ACC games only, he was 18th in batting average (.306), eighth in hits (37), second in stolen bases (12) and was the top freshman in total bases with 58.
The Cinnaminson, N.J. native also led the team in multi-hit games with 18, had the team’s longest hitting streak of the season at 13 games and, at one point, reached base in 36 straight games, the longest such streak since 2009.
Zagunis played several positions throughout the season, but made 30 of his 48 starts behind the plate, with 14 starts as a DH and four starts in the outfield. He was also used in a number of locations in the line-up, leading off 11 times and in the two-hole 12 times. He batted clean-up nine times and fifth on eight occasions.
For a complete listing of the 2012 All-ACC Baseball Team, see the release at the following link: http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/052112aab.html.
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