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Virginia’s Thaiss, North Carolina’s Gallen recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia’s Matt Thaiss has been voted the ACC Baseball Player of the Week, while North Carolina’s Zac Gallen garnered Pitcher of the Week accolades.
Thaiss had perhaps his best week in a Virginia uniform, recording 11 hits and knocking in 11 runs. On Tuesday, he put the Longwood game out of reach with a towering three-run home run. On Friday against NC State, he drove in runs in three separate plate appearances, including a key two-run double in UVa’s win in Raleigh. The sophomore first baseman and catcher from Jackson, New Jersey, recorded another two-run double Sunday as part of a four-hit day during UVa’s doubleheader with the Wolfpack. He reached base safely in over half his plate appearances, with a .538 on-base percentage. Thaiss raised his batting average to a team-leading .342, which stands 12th in the ACC.
Gallen tossed his second straight home complete game and his first career shutout on Friday to beat Boston College 1-0. The sophomore from Glassboro, New Jersey, struck out eight and allowed just two walks and three hits, facing only five more than the minimum. With the win, he improved to 3-3 on the year and now holds a 2.98 ERA in conference play. Gallen has struck out 46 in 54.1 innings against ACC opponents with just 12 walks.