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March 28, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina freshman third baseman Colin Moran has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet, while NC State junior Cory Mazzoni and Wake Forest sophomore Tim Cooney share Pitcher of the Week honors presented by Chevrolet.
Moran led UNC to a 5-0 week with four home runs and 13 RBIs. Moran started the week with the best single-game performance of his career going 3-for-4 with a run scored six RBIs in the 14-2 win over UNC Wilmington, connecting on a triple and a two-run home run in the rout. The Rye, N.Y., native blasted another two-run home run in the 4-0 win over High Point on Wednesday before scoring and driving in a run in Friday's 8-5 win over rival Duke. Moran went deep again on Saturday when he drove in the game-winning run against Duke with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Moran finished Saturday's game with a season-high three runs scored. Moran capped off the weekend in style on Sunday when he connected on a game-tying three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth against the Blue Devils. The home run capped off a day that saw Moran tally a pair of doubles, score two runs and drive in three more.
For the week Moran hit .529 (9-17) with eight runs, 13 RBI, 25 total bases and slugged a remarkable 1.471. Moran also drew five walks, including two intentional free passes, and reached base at a .636 clip. Moran, who was also named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on Monday, currently leads the ACC in RBIs with 35.
With a complete-game four-hitter in NC State's 6-0 win over 15th-ranked Clemson last Friday night, Mazzoni threw the first complete-game shutout by a Wolfpack pitcher since Mike Rogers and Vern Sterry both shut out No. 1 Texas in a doubleheader on May 15, 2004, in Austin.
Mazzoni allowed a two-out double in the first inning when the left fielder fell down attempting to field the ball, and a leadoff single in the second, then retired the next 16 Clemson hitters in a row and 20 of the next 21. Mazzoni, of Evans City, Pa., set a career high for strikeouts in an ACC game with 10 while walking just two batters.
Wake Forest's Cooney was spectacular as the Demon Deacons posted an 8-0 win at fifth-ranked Florida State on Saturday. The Collegeville, Pa. native struck out 11 batters in his 7.2-inning stint and walked just one, with the walk coming on the second-to-last batter he faced. Cooney scattered five hits, and sx of his 11 strikeouts came against the No. 2 and 3 hitters in the FSU lineup.
Cooney led Wake Forest to its first shutout of Florida State since the third day of the 1999 ACC Championship at Durham, N.C. It marked the first time that the Demon Deacons had shut out FSU in Tallahassee since April 1, 1967. Cooney's season ERA now sits at 1.50 through 42.0 innings of work.