GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech junior third baseman Chad Pinder has been named the first Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week for the 2013 season, while Georgia Tech senior Buck Farmer earned Pitcher of the Week honors.
Pinder helped led the Hokies to a 4-0 start as they posted a pair of wins over both Kent State and UNC Wilmington, which lifted them into the Baseball America's Top 25 poll as the Hokies currently sit in the No. 24 spot.
The Poquoson, Va., native set a career high and drove in the most runs in a single game by a Hokie since March 15, 2010, with five RBI in a season-opening win over Kent State. Pinder came back with another three-run home run versus the Golden Flashes on Saturday en route to nine RBI for the weekend, which currently leads the conference.
He reached base in all four games (and was also hit by a pitch in all four games) for a .550 on-base percentage. Pinder also played flawless defensively at third base with two putouts and eight assists.
Farmer, a preseason senior All-American, set a career high with 14 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, leading the No. 21 Yellow Jackets to a 3-0 shutout victory over Akron on Opening Day in Atlanta. The senior walked none and scattered four singles in improving his career record to 25-8 with his fourth career combined shutout.
Just one batter advanced past first in the game – that coming with two outs in the fifth inning – and there were never multiple Akron runners on base in the game. Of Farmer’s 97 pitches, 77 were strikes. His 14 strikeouts moved him from 13th to eighth on the Yellow Jackets’ all-time strikeouts list. The Conyers, Ga., right-hander now has 279 strikeouts for his career.
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