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March 4, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech junior Zane Evans has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while NC State sophomore Carlos Rodon received ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for the second week in a row.
Evans was red hot as the Yellow Jackets went 5-0 this week, hitting a team best .579 (11-for-19), scoring eight times and driving in nine runs. The Roswell, Ga., native homered four times in a three-game stretch, walked three times and did not strike out. Evans slugged 1.211, posted a .636 on-base percentage (both team highs) and had at least a hit in every game. He went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in the 11-4 win at Georgia Southern, including a game-winning two-run blast that broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth. He hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning of that game. Evans homered, scored three times and pitched the final two innings of scoreless relief in Wednesday’s 14-8 win at GSU. He had six hits, a homer and three RBI in the sweep of Rutgers. After opening the season hitting just .125 (2-for-16), Evans is 13 for his last 28 (.464) with all five of his homers and 12 of his 16 RBI. His five home runs this season match his career-high from his Freshman All-America campaign in 2011.
Rodon allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 16 batters in seven innings of the Wolfpack’s 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. The Holly Springs, N.C., native exploded out of the gate by striking out eight of the first nine batters he faced. The first time through the Florida Atlantic order, the Owls only managed to put one ball in play, a bunt attempt in the top of the first. Rodon took a no-hit bid into the sixth, where it was broken up by a one-out single to left. Rodon followed with his 15th strikeout, which briefly stood as his career high. Two batters later a two-hopper squirted through the right side to represent only his second hit allowed in his last 55 batters faced. Rodon followed that hit by punctuating his performance with his 16th strikeout of the game. Rodon was also named a National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball for the second consecutive week.