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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State’s John Sansone has been voted the ACC Baseball Player of the Week, while North Carolina’s Zac Gallen and Virginia’s Connor Jones were selected as Co-Pitchers of the Week.
ACC weekly honors are determined by a vote of a select media panel. This is the second award for Gallen this season and in his career, and the first for Sansone and Jones.
Sansone led the Seminoles to three wins on the week, including a series victory over No. 4 Louisville with a .500 average and team highs in hits (10), RBIs (10), total bases (17), and slugging percentage (.850). He had at least two hits in four of his five games on the week and had five extra-base hits. The senior third baseman from New Castle, Pennsylvania, went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in the series-opening win against the Cardinals on Friday and was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs in the clinching win on Sunday.
Gallen struck out a career-high 13 batters and faced just three more than the minimum in a four-hit complete-game shutout win over Virginia Tech on Friday. His 13 strikeouts were the most by a Tar Heel pitcher since Matt Harvey struck out 15 at Clemson in 2010. The junior from Gibbsboro, New Jersey, allowed just one batter past first base on the night and threw 80 of his 118 pitches for strikes. The win was his first complete game of the year and his second career complete-game shutout. He lowered his ERA to 1.93 for the season and now has 66 strikeouts to just 10 walks on the year.
Jones fired his first career complete game and shutout in a 3-0 victory at Boston College. The only hit he surrendered was a clean single to lead off the second inning, while only two BC runners advanced to second base in the game. It was the first nine-inning shutout by a UVA pitcher since April 4, 2014, and the first nine-inning complete game by a UVA hurler since June 24, 2014. The junior from Chesapeake, Virginia, was under pressure through the entire game as the Cavaliers maintained a 1-0 lead until scoring two insurance runs in the ninth inning.