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Miami’s Collins, UNC’s Hovis and NC State’s Rodon honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Miami’s Zack Collins has been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while North Carolina’s Reilly Hovis and NC State’s Carlos Rodon earned Co-Pitcher of the Week honors.
Collins, a freshman from Pembroke Pines,. Fla., led the way as the Hurricanes continued their hot streak with a 5-0 week. The power-hitting catcher had four multi-hit games in five outings, leading Miami in hits (10) with one triple, one home run and nine RBIs. Collins hit .526 for the week and keyed Miami to its first-ever road sweep at Clemson. Collins walked five times compared to just two strikeouts, and moved his season average to a team-best .306.
North Carolina’s Hovis allowed just one hit over 5.0 innings on the week, registering three saves and a win as the Tar Heels beat No. 30 Liberty and swept its ACC series against Virginia Tech. The Gastonia, N.C., native inherited five runners on the week and stranded all five. Hovis struck out seven batters in five innings and has a league-leading 11.60 strikeouts per nine innings. He has allowed just eight hits in ACC play, holding opposing batters to a league-best .103 batting average. Hovis now ranks fourth in the league in ERA in all games at 1.71.
NC State’s Rodon struck out 15 batters in a 1-0 loss to Georgia Tech. The junior left-hander struck out 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, and did not allow a ball in play for the first three innings. The Yellow Jackets scored the game's lone run on a two-out RBI single to right center in the sixth. Rodon went the distance, holding Tech to one earned run on six hits and two walks. The Holly Springs, N.C., hurler’s 15 strikeouts were one shy of his career high. He now ranks fourth in ACC history with 413 strikeouts and is tied for first this year with 94 strikeouts. The first Wolfpack pitcher to reach the 400-strikeout mark for a career, Rodon eclipsed the 12-strikeout mark for the third game this season.