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May 14, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia sophomore infielder Stephen Bruno has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, while North Carolina sophomore right-hander Shane Taylor earned Pitcher of the Week honors.
Bruno had a big week with hits and RBI in all of four games as Virginia went 3-1 on the week, including a series win over Georgia Tech. After delivering a two-run double in last Wednesday's nonconference win over High Point, he then went 4-for-10 in the Georgia Tech series. On Friday Bruno recorded his first career multi-home run game in Virginia's 6-5 win over the Yellow Jackets. The Audubon, N.J., native followed with a pair of RBI in Saturday's 4-2 victory. For the week, Bruno hit .400 with three extra-base hits and eight RBI.
Taylor was thrown into an emergency start Sunday at Duke with scheduled starter Hobbs Johnson missing due to an illness and twirled a gem by allowing just one hit in eight innings of UNC's 3-0 win. Taylor allowed only three base runners in the contest as he hit a batter, allowed a walk and a single. Duke's lone hit came on a runner's interference when a ball contacted a runner, awarding the batter a single. Taylor struck out eight in the game and retired the final 16 batters he faced to improve to 5-0 on the year. The Mullica Hill, N.J., native combined with closer Michael Morin on Carolina's first one-hitter against an ACC foe since 2009 against Miami.