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July 4, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas – This year’s College Baseball Awards Show recognized five outstanding players on Sunday, including Clemson shortstop Brad Miller and Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen.
The Brooks Wallace Award, honoring the season’s most outstanding shortstop, went to Clemson’s Miller. In his three seasons with the Tigers, Miller compiled a .339 batting average and a .451 on-base percentage. The 2011 ACC Player of the Year said he enjoyed meet the family of the award’s namesake and was excited to be able to represent Clemson in such a positive way.
“Being a shortstop and taking pride in playing the position – and then also being able to represent Clemson and bring an award back to the school to continue the tradition there, it’s a huge honor,” Miller said.
The John Olerud Award, honoring the season’s best two-way player, was awarded to Virginia ‘s Hultzen. He was named ACC Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive year with a 1.49 ERA and 151 strikeouts. He also complied a batting average of .320 and even hit an inside-the-park grand slam. He said he has really enjoyed the experience.
“It’s been a tremendous honor to be involved in this,” Hultzen said. “It’s been awesome. I just feel very lucky to have the opportunity to both hit and pitch, and it’s an honor to be here and get the award.”
Hultzen is the second Olerud Award winner from the ACC. Florida State outfielder/pitcher Mike McGee received the honor last season.
The award winners were also pleased to be honored on the same night the 2011 Hall of Famers were inducted. The award show and induction ceremony were combined this year to create College Baseball’s Night of Champions. The night was exhilarating for the many college baseball fans that attended, as well as for those honored.
Inductees included the late Bill Wilhelm, whose teams won an ACC-record 1,161 games during his tenure at Clemson, and former Duke shortstop Dick Groat (1951-52).