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March 12, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State junior shortstop Chris Diaz has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week, and North Carolina junior closer Michael Morin received ACC Pitcher of the Week honors after keying their teams to league series wins over nationally-ranked opposition.
Diaz led the Wolfpack offense in a series win over No. 10 Georgia Tech, going 6-for-13 with six RBIs, three doubles, and three runs over the weekend. Diaz's blistering four-RBI performance helped State storm past Tech in an 8-5 win on Saturday. Diaz drove in half of the Wolfpack's runs and scored one himself on a 3-for-4 day with a double and a stolen base to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
The Miami, Fla., native improved his hitting streak to 14 games on Sunday with another pair of RBIs on a 2-for-4 day with his third double of the weekend. During the week, Diaz went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the Pack's decisive 11-0 victory over in-state rival Davidson.
Morin appeared in all five UNC wins last week, including a series sweep at No. 17 Clemson. The Leawood, Kansas, native opened the week by notching saves in midweek wins over Davidson and at Elon. Friday night at Clemson, Morin entered in the eighth inning night with the game-tying run at second and picked up a strikeout before tossing a scoreless ninth to complete the save.
After a three-run ninth by the Tar Heels Saturday, Morin came on and earned his second straight save of the weekend with a scoreless inning. A ninth inning rally that tied the Sunday contest saw Morin enter in the bottom of the ninth with the winning run at third base. The right-hander struck out Thomas Brittle to end the threat. Morin then picked up a big double play in the 10th before tossing a 1-2-3 11th to earn his first win of the year. Morin is now tied for the most saves in the ACC with six on the year after the four last week. He has not allowed a run this season in 10 appearances spanning 12.1 innings and owns a 13/2 K/BB ratio. Morin has moved into fifth place on the UNC all-time saves list with 19, passing Paul Shuey's mark of 18.