Grandal, Hultzen Named to Louisville Slugger All-America First Team

June 3, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – ACC Player of the Year Yasmani Grandal and ACC Pitcher of the Year Danny Hultzen have been named to the 2010 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America first team, as announced Thursday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Grandal, a junior catcher from Miami, is currently batting an ACC-leading .422 with 14 home runs and 56 RBsI, and is a major reason the Hurricanes (40-17) will open play in the NCAA Tournament on Friday as a host team. Hultzen, a sophomore left-hander who has helped keep Virginia (47-11) at or near the top of the national polls throughout the season, currently owns a 9-1 record and ACC-low 2.43 ERA. In 92.2 innings, he has allowed 62 hits and 20 walks while striking out 111 batters (10.4 strikeouts/nine innings). Opponents are batting just .184 against him this year.

Florida State outfielder Tyler Holt (.351, 11 home runs 41 RBIs, 27 stolen base) was named to the second team. Seven ACC players were selected for the third team, including four pitchers in Miami’s Chris Hernandez (8-3, 3.02 ERA), Georgia Tech’s Deck McGuire (8-4, 3.01), Florida State’s Mike McGee (4-0, 0.41, 9 saves) and Virginia’s Kevin Arico (1-1, 2.93, 16 saves).

Third-team position players include Georgia Tech’s Tony Plagman (.357, 19 homers, 73 RBIs), Virginia second baseman Phil Gosselin (.379, 9, 54) and NC State second baseman Dallas Pouk (.358, 11, 59).