ACC Baseball: Fairchild, Burdi, and Gallen Earn ACC Weekly Honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Wake Forest’s Stuart Fairchild has been voted the ACC Baseball Player of the Week, while Louisville’s Zack Burdi and North Carolina’s Zac Gallen were selected as Co-Pitchers of the Week.

ACC weekly honors are determined by a vote of a select media panel. This is the fourth career honor and third this season for Gallen, and is the first for Fairchild and Burdi.

Fairchild hit. 588 with 13 RBIs, five extra-base hits, and six runs scored as the Demon Deacons went 3-1 on the road last week. The sophomore outfielder from Seattle, Washington, recorded multiple RBIs in every game and multiple hits in each of the games at Virginia Tech. Fairchild tallied his team-leading 14th stolen base and now leads the team with 18 doubles after notching three on the week.

Burdi earned three saves while lighting up the radar gun in three dominant relief appearances last week for No. 5 Louisville. The Downers Grove, Illinois, native finished with nine strikeouts without surrendering a hit or a walk in 4.1 innings of shutout work against a trio of nationally ranked foes. Burdi, who has nine saves and 42 strikeouts in 24.0 innings pitched this season, opened the week with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings at No. 7 Vanderbilt, where he registered 101 mph on the Hawkins Field scoreboard. He followed that by striking out three in back-to-back outings against No. 10 NC State while also touching triple digits on the official Patterson Stadium radar gun during each outing. In his three relief appearances last week, Burdi delivered 11 fastballs at 100 mph or higher and 10 more at 99 mph.

Gallen allowed just two hits and struck out eight over 8.0 shutout innings to help the Tar Heels to a 3-0 win over Notre Dame Friday night. The junior from Gibbsboro, New Jersey, allowed just three baserunners on the night and just one man advanced beyond second base. Gallen improved his strikeout-to-walk ratio for the season to 90/19, lowered his ERA to a team-best 2.35 in 12 starts, and leads weekend starters in the league with a .206 opponent batting average.