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April 1, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke infielder Jordan Betts has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, while Georgia Tech right-hander Dusty Isaacs and Wake Forest left-hander Austin Stadler share Pitcher of the Week honors.
Betts led the Blue Devils to four wins over the past week, going 8-for-16 (.500) with three doubles, one home run, 11 RBI, five runs and six walks. The Wilmington, N.C., native had at least one RBI in all five games and also posted a.609 on-base percentage and a team-best .875 slugging percentage. Betts drove in a career-high four runs with a pair of doubles in Duke’s victory over North Carolina A&T. He was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the series opener against Boston College, belting a two-run homer to left center to cap the Blue Devils’ eight-run sixth. Betts added an RBI double in game two of the series and knocked in a pair of runs in the series finale to help Duke complete the ACC series sweep. During his current 11-game hit streak, Betts is hitting .390 with six doubles, two homers and 17 RBI.
Isaacs gave the Yellow Jackets his best career start in the 8-1 victory over Wake Forest that clinched Tech’s third ACC series in four tries. Isaacs matched his career high of seven innings, set a career high with eight strikeouts and allowed just one hit to the Demon Deacons in the dominant victory. The Lebanon, Ohio, junior’s only two walks came in the first inning, but he rolled a double play to erase one. The only other base runners against Isaacs came on a two-out single in the third inning and a one-out hit by pitch in the fifth. No runner advanced past first in his seven shutout innings. Isaacs retired the final eight batters he faced en route to his fourth win (4-2).
Wake Forest’s Stadler pitched 6-plus innings and tied a career-high by striking out 11 batters against 13th-ranked Georgia Tech, the nation’s leading hitting team and one that ranks among the nation’s offensive leaders in several other categories. Stadler scattered six hits, and the only run charged to him came after he exited the game. The Midlothian, Va., redshirt senior struck out eight of the nine starters in the Georgia Tech order at least once. Stadler struck out one batter in the first inning and then two batters each in innings two through six. In addition, he sat Georgia Tech down in order in the second inning and faced just one more than the minimum in the third and fourth innings. Stadler, who moved to 5-2 with the win, and had not struck out 11 batters since doing it back-to-back weeks in 2010 (vs. North Carolina and Clemson).