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Feb. 28, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – All-Americans Mike McGee of Florida State and Danny Hultzen of Virginia have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week presented by Chevrolet, respectively, after their outstanding performances against non-league opponents.
McGee used a breakout week to raise his batting average 240 points (.440) as the Seminoles (7-0) won four consecutive games against Jacksonville and Hofstra. McGee batted .600 (9-for-15) with 11 RBI, nine runs scored a double and two home runs.
McGee who has moved to center field this season, contributed in the field as well, collecting his first assist to help preserve Sunday’s shutout win over Hofstra. McGee hit his first two home runs of the season, beginning with a fourth-inning grand slam on Saturday. In Sunday’s series finale against Hofstra, McGee also made his first pitching appearance of the season, contributing a seven-pitch eighth inning of relief in FSU’s third shutout of the season. McGee struck out one. In the bottom of the 8th he belted his second homer of the season; a two-run shot to left. It marked the eighth time over the last two seasons, the Port St. Lucie, Fla. native has homered in a game where he has also made a mound appearance.
Virginia’s Hultzen shook off adverse weather conditions in pitching the Cavaliers to a 10-1 win over visiting East Carolina in Friday’s night’s three-game series opener.
Despite a 20-to-25 mph wind blowing straight out, Hultzen recorded one of the most dominating pitching outings in recent Virginia baseball history. In seven innings of work, the Bethesda, Md., native set a career high with 15 strikeouts while not walking a batter. The 15-strikeout effort was the most by a Cavalier since Seth Greisinger racked up 16 strikeouts against North Carolina on March 23, 1996.
After giving up a single to start the game, Hultzen retired the next 19 batters from the first into the seventh inning, with just one ball leaving the infield in that span. He went to a three-ball count just two times and struck out the side on three occasions.