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May 21, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - NC State senior Ryan Mathews has been named the final Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week for the 2012 season, while Georgia Tech freshman right-hander Cole Pitts earned Pitcher of the Week honors.
Mathews claimed responsibility for eight of the Wolfpack's 14 runs in its three-game series at top-ranked Florida State, smashing four home runs over the week to climb to third on the ACC leaderboard at 14. Mathews also added another four games to the ACC's longest active hitting streak -- currently 21-consecutive games and the longest such streak for the Pack this season. The senior from Orlando, Fla., sparked NC State's comeback win by blasting two home runs in a four-RBI effort during Thursday's game against FSU. His second two-run homer of the weekend came Saturday, plating both of the Pack's runs in a losing effort. Mathews is on a tear heading for the ACC Championship in Greensboro, N.C., with six home runs in his last seven games.
With Georgia Tech in a potential do-or-die game in its regular-season finale, Pitts turned in the best start of his young career to beat No. 21 Miami, 2-1, Saturday as Georgia Tech clinched an ACC Championship berth. After Miami had scored 12 times in the previous 11 innings of the series, Pitts limited the Hurricanes to just two hits, one run and fanned five in a career-long seven innings to improve to 5-4. It was the first career ACC win for Pitts and the Yellow Jackets' fourth over a ranked ACC club in the last 30 days. The rookie tossed four different 1-2-3 innings, and yielded only four base runners (two hits, one walk, one via error) in the game. The 6-foot-5 Moultrie, Ga., native has allowed just 5 runs in his last 16.3 innings pitched.