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UVa's Kirby Named ACC Pitcher of the Year; O'Connor Named Coach of the Year

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Brian O'Connor was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the 5th time Brian O'Connor was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the 5th time
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - Virginia sophomore pitcher Nathan Kirby was named the Co-Pitcher of the Year in the Atlantic Coach Conference Monday, while head coach Brian O'Connor was named the league's Coach of the Year.

O'Connor won the award for the second year in a row, and the fifth time in his eleven seasons with the Cavaliers.

UVa (43-11, 22-8 ACC) leads all schools with eight players selected to the All-ACC team, including a league-leading five first-team honorees.

Kirby shares the Pitcher of the Year honors with Miami's Chris Diaz.

Kirby is 8-1 this season, with a 1.58 ERA.

He threw a no-hitter at Pittsburgh in April, and has limited opposing batters to a .180 batting average.

Florida State outfielder DJ Stewart was named the ACC Player of the Year.

First baseman Mike Papi, second baseman Branden Cogswell, outfielder Joe McCarthy, and DH/UT Nick Howard join Kirby on the All-ACC First Team.

2014 All-ACC Baseball Teams

FIRST TEAM

Brett Austin

Jr.

C

NC State

Mike Papi

Jr.

1B

Virginia **

John Nogowski

Jr.

1B

Florida State

Branden Cogswell

Jr.

2B

Virginia **

Jose Brizuela

Jr.

3B

Florida State

Trea Turner

Jr.

SS

NC State ***

Chris Shaw

So.

OF

Boston College

DJ Stewart

So.

OF

Florida State **

Joe McCarthy

So.

OF

Virginia **

Nick Howard

Jr.

DH/UT

Virginia **

Nathan Kirby

So.

SP

Virginia

Daniel Gossett

Jr.

SP

Clemson **

Chris Diaz

Jr.

SP

Miami 

Luke Weaver

Jr.

SP

Florida State **

Carlos Rodon

Jr.

SP

NC State ***

Reilly Hovis

So.

RP

North Carolina

SECOND TEAM

Mark Zagunis

Jr.

C

Virginia Tech **

Thomas Smith

Jr.

1B

Georgia Tech

Steve Wilkerson

Sr.

2B

Clemson ***

Jordan Betts

Sr.

3B

Duke **

Michael Russell

Jr.

SS

North Carolina

Tyler Krieger

So.

SS

Clemson

Charlie White

Jr.

OF

Maryland **

Daniel Spingola

Jr.

OF

Georgia Tech

Dale Carey

Sr.

OF

Miami

Chris Marconcini

R-Jr.

OF

Duke

Matt Gonzalez

So.

OF

Georgia Tech

Garrett Boulware

Jr.

DH/UT

Clemson

Jake Stinnett

Sr.

SP

Maryland

Trent Thornton

So.

SP

North Carolina **

Bryan Radziewski

R-Jr.

SP

Miami **

Bryan Garcia

Fr.

RP

Miami

THIRD TEAM

Zack Collins

Fr.

C

Miami

Nate Irving

Jr.

C

Virginia

Aaron Cohn

R-Jr.

1B

Duke

Brandon Lowe

R-Fr.

2B

Maryland

Mott Hyde

Sr.

2B

Georgia Tech

Andrew Knizner

Fr.

3B

NC State

Daniel Pinero

Fr.

SS

Virginia

Willie Abreu

Fr.

OF

Miami

Steven Duggar

So.

OF

Clemson

Jay Baum

Jr.

OF

Clemson

Josh Delph

Jr.

DH/UT

Florida State

Tom Zengel

Sr.

DH/UT

North Carolina

Brandon Waddell

So.

SP

Virginia

Matthew Crownover

So.

SP

Clemson

Andrew Suarez

Jr.

SP

Miami

Gage Smith

R-Sr.

RP

Florida State

ACC Player of the Year: DJ Stewart, Florida State
ACC Pitchers of the Year: Chris Diaz, Miami & Nathan Kirby, Virginia
ACC Freshman of the Year: Zack Collins, Miami


ACC Coach of the Year: Brian O’Connor, Virginia


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