ACC Baseball Players of the Week Announced

Louisville’s Ray, Miami’s Suarez, and Notre Dame’s Smoyer recognized 

ACC Players of the Week Presented by Havoline

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Louisville’s Corey Ray has been voted the ACC Baseball Player of the Week, while Miami’s Andy Suarez and Notre Dame’s Ryan Smoyer shared Pitcher of the Week honors.

A sophomore outfielder, Ray hit .600 in three games last week, finishing 9-for-15 with two home runs, nine RBIs, three doubles, six runs scored, two stolen bases and a 1.333 slugging percentage. After opening the week by going 3-for-5 with a home run, double, triple and four RBIs in a nonconference win over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday, Ray kicked off the Cardinals’ series win at No. 9 Virginia by connecting for his first career grand slam in the seventh inning of an 8-1 triumph and finished 2-for-5 overall. The Chicago, Illinois, native kept things rolling on Sunday by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, one RBI and two stolen bases in an 11-4 victory over the Cavaliers.

Suarez delivered an electric outing against Duke, clinching the series with a season-long eight strong innings on the hill. The redshirt junior left-hander from Miami, Florida, struck out a career-high 12 batters on the night, and got the side looking in his final inning of work. He surrendered just eight hits (all singles) and zero earned runs, walking one and needing 105 pitches to get through the outing.

Smoyer had an outstanding week on the mound, picking up the decision in two Irish victories. On Tuesday, he posted his first quality start of the year by hurling a complete-game shutout against Eastern Michigan. The Bowling Green, Ohio, native followed that performance with 4.1 innings of near-perfect relief in the final game of a sweep over Pitt. He did not walk a batter in either outing and improved to 4-0 on the season with a 2.51 ERA.