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March 14, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke senior first baseman/pitcher Dennis O'Grady and Georgia Tech junior pitcher Mark Pope have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week presented by Chevrolet, respectively, for their standout performances as league play got under way over the weekend.
O'Grady hit .600 for the week and had a hit in each of the four games he started in the field. The Floral Park, N.Y., native led Duke to a series-tying 8-3 win with five quality innings on the mound against NC State on Saturday and then drove in three runs with two hits in a 7-1 win on Sunday to clinch the series. The 5-10, 200-pound senior opened the week with a career-best 4-for-4 performance in a 9-6 win at High Point. The offensive performance raised his batting average 165 points to .325, while the win on Saturday moved his season record to 4-0 and nudged his ERA to 1.80. It is the second weekly honor of the week for O'Grady, who was named ACC Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 21.
Pope pitched his second straight complete game shutout, holding to just four hits in No. 24 Georgia Tech's 1-0 win over the Terrapins to open ACC play Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium. Pope (4-0) held Maryland to just four singles on the night while striking out six in the nine innings of work. The junior right-hander from Marietta, Ga., did not issue a walk in the outing. Pope has pitched three complete-game shutouts in his last five starts, and hasn't allowed a single run in 25.0 consecutive innings. He lowered his overall ERA to 0.29 on the season.
Pope and Virginia's Danny Hultzen (14 strikeouts and in 6.2 scoreless innings vs. Clemson), were named National Players of the Week on today by Collegiate Baseball.