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May 13, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Georgia Tech junior Kelsi Weseman has been recognized as the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Player of the Year, while Maryland senior Kerry Hickey has been honored as Pitcher of the Year and Boston College's Tory Speer has been named Freshman of the Year. The trio highlights the 2011 All-ACC Softball Team, announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. Also garnering honors was Yellow Jacket head coach Sharon Perkins, who was selected as Coach of the Year. The awards were determined by a vote of the conference's eight head coaches.
A shortstop from Hutto, Texas, Weseman leads the league in 10 statistical categories, including batting average (.445), home runs (21) and RBI (64). A unanimous selection for Player of the Year, she is on pace to become just the third student-athlete in conference history to win the triple crown and second consecutive after former teammate Jen Yee accomplished the feat in 2010. She currently ranks third in Georgia Tech's single-season records with 21 home runs, while her 64 RBI are good for fourth. Her career numbers of 42 home runs and 164 RBI rank fifth and fourth, respectively, in school history. Additionally, Weseman currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in five statistical categories. She becomes the second straight Yellow Jacket and third overall to garner the award. Weseman, the 2009 ACC Freshman of the Year, also collected her third All-ACC First Team recognition.
Hickey becomes the first Terrapin to collect Pitcher of the Year honors since the creation of the award in 2005. She led the league with a 1.53 ERA in conference games, while ranking second with an overall ERA of 1.49. The right-hander from Huntingtown, Md., has registered 18 wins on the season, tying her for third in the league, while picking up three saves. She has tallied 225 strikeouts on the season, of which 70 batters struck out looking. Her 30 batters struck out looking in conference play is tops among ACC pitchers. She tossed her 11th career no-hitter this season against conference foe Florida State. On the season opposing batters hit just .189 against her, including a .170 average by league opponents. Hickey garnered All-ACC First Team recognition for the first time in her career. She was named to the second team in 2009.
Speer is the first individual award recipient from Boston College since the Eagles joined the league in 2006. The outfielder from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., ranks second among freshmen in slugging percentage (.649) and home runs (11). Her slugging percentage is fifth overall in the league, while her home runs tie for seventh. In conference games this season, Speer ranked among the top three in six different categories, including batting average (.400), slugging percentage (.873), on base percentage (.492), RBI (19), home runs (7) and total bases (48). She recently set the program's freshman home run record and drove in a career-best seven RBI in the Eagles' regular season finale against Boston University. The seven RBI were also the most registered in a game by an ACC student-athlete this season.
Perkins, in her fifth year at the helm of Georgia Tech, earned her third consecutive Coach of the Year recognition. She becomes the first coach in league history to receive the award three straight times. Perkins guided the Yellow Jackets to their third consecutive and fourth overall regular season championship, finishing conference play with an 18-2 mark to enter the 2011 ACC Softball Championship as the No. 1 seed. Georgia Tech will be seeking its third consecutive tournament title and fifth overall. The team currently boasts a 44-9 overall record, marking the sixth time in seven years that the squad has posted at least 40 wins. The Yellow Jackets have spent 10 weeks ranked in both national polls this season. They currently come in at No. 16 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Poll, their highest ranking of 2011. The squad ranks in the top 10 nationally in five categories, including batting average, win-loss percentage, home runs per game, triples per game and slugging percentage.
Joining Weseman as a three-time All-ACC selection was Florida State senior pitcher Sarah Hamilton. Hamilton was named to the first team in 2009 and the second team in 2010. Hickey was among four student-athletes who collected All-ACC honors for the second time. That group includes the Georgia Tech trio of senior pitcher Kristen Adkins, senior centerfielder Christy Jones and senior first baseman Kristine Priebe.
ACC softball action continues Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15 as all eight league teams compete at the 2011 ACC Softball Championship at Mewborn Field on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. Games on Friday and Saturday will be available via web-stream on The ACC Network on theACC.com, while Sunday's championship game will be televised on the league's regional sports network. Complete coverage of the 2011 ACC Softball Championship, including live statistics throughout the weekend, can be found on the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-softball-championship.html.
2011 ALL-ACC SOFTBALL TEAM
Name Yr. Pos. School
Tory Speer Fr. OF Boston College
Kristen Adkins # Sr. P Georgia Tech
Caitlin Jordan So. DP Georgia Tech
Alysha Rudnik Fr. C/3B Georgia Tech
Kelsi Weseman % Jr. SS Georgia Tech
Vangie Galindo Jr. OF Maryland
Kerry Hickey # Sr. P Maryland
Haleigh Dickey So. 1B North Carolina
Lori Spingola Fr. P North Carolina
Courtney Liddle So. 1B Virginia Tech
Name Yr. Pos. School
Sarah Hamilton % Sr. P Florida State
Shayla Jackson Jr. RF Florida State
Jen Lapicki Sr. 1B Florida State
Christy Jones # Sr. CF Georgia Tech
Kristine Priebe # Sr. 1B Georgia Tech
Jessica Sinclair Jr. RF Georgia Tech
Bree Hanafin Jr. INF Maryland
Kelli Wheeler Jr. OF North Carolina
Stephanie Harris Fr. 1B/3B Virginia
Dani Anderson Fr. SS Virginia Tech
# two-time selection
% three-time selection
2011 ACC Player of the Year: Kelsi Weseman, Jr., SS, Georgia Tech
2011 ACC Pitcher of the Year: Kerry Hickey, Sr., P, Maryland
2011 ACC Freshman of the Year: Tory Speer, Fr., OF, Boston College
2011 ACC Coach of the Year: Sharon Perkins, Georgia Tech