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April 15, 2013
GREEENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina junior third baseman Colin Moran has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while Georgia Tech senior Buck Farmer claimed ACC Pitcher of the Week honors.
Moran drove in an eye-opening 16 runs to key a 5-0 week by the top-ranked Tar Heels, while Farmer struck out 10 batters in a complete-game, 2-1 victory over fourth-ranked Virginia that helped the 17th-ranked Yellow Jackets to a key ACC series win.
Moran registered a RBI in all five of UNC’s games and three or more RBIs in four of those contests. The Rye, N.Y., native batted an even .500 (12-for-24) at the plate with a pair of doubles and two home runs to add to his team lead of nine long balls. Moran became the first player in the country with 50 runs scored and 50 RBIs and currently leads the nation with 51 runs scored after crossing the plate 11 times last week, including a career-high five times in Saturday’s 9-8 win at Virginia Tech. The 16-RBI week for Moran gave him 56 for the season and moved him to within four of the national lead of 60. In addition to the 12 hits on the week, Moran drew four walks and did not strike out in 29 plate appearances. Moran currently leads the ACC in RBIs in conference-only contests with 28 and ranks second with 22 runs scored behind freshman teammate Landon Lassiter’s 26.
Farmer improved his career record to 10-1 versus Coastal Division teams with a nine-inning masterpiece in Friday night’s tight win over Virginia. In addition to fanning 10 Cavaliers, Farmer walked just one and scattered 10 hits (eight singles, two doubles) in improving to 7-1 this season and lowering his ERA to 1.41. It marked his second win over a top-five team this season after beating No. 5 Florida State in March. Farmer rolled up two double plays in the Virginia win, which aided his second-straight complete-game outing and the fifth of his career. The Conyers, Ga., right-hander didn’t work with more than one runner on base at any point in the game, as Tech turned two double plays, two runners were thrown out stealing and the potential tying run was gunned down at the plate on a throw from left field from Kyle Wren in the seventh inning.