Florida State's Johnson, Virginia's Hultzen Earn ACC Baseball Honors
March 1, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State sophomore infielder Sherman Johnson has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while Virginia’s earned Pitcher of the Week honors.
Johnson drove in a team-high 10 runs while going 5-for-8 with five runs scored as FSU swept a three-game series from Hofstra to remain undefeated on the year. The Tampa, Fla., native, who started at both second and third over the weekend, tied a career-high with three hits while establishing a career-high six RBI in game one of the series. Johnson finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle in the first game against the Pride connecting on a single in the fourth, a three-run home run in the sixth and a double in the seventh.
Johnson connected on his second home run in as many games in game two, taking a 1-1 offering from Hofstra's Kevin Rigopoulos deep over the fence in right in the third for a two-run shot and his second home run of the season. A sac-fly in the fifth put the finishing touches on a nine-RBI afternoon.
Johnson broke a 2-2 tie in Sunday’s series finale, singling home the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the third for this 10th RBI in three games. With two home runs over the weekend, Johnson surpassed his career total (1) as a freshman in 2009. Johnson has yet to strike out in 29 plate appearances this year.
Hultzen also played a key role in a series sweep, dominating Rhode Island in game one as the Cavaliers played host to the Rams on Friday.
Hultzen, a sophomore from Bethesda, Md., allowed just two baserunners in his seven innings of work. He gave up only two hits, only one of which left the infield. With 12 strikeouts, Hultzen recorded his third career double-digit strikeout performance and fell one strikeout shy of his career high. The 2009 ACC Freshman of the Year struck out 12 of the 22 batters he faced.
After two starts and 13 innings pitched, Hultzen’s ERA of 1.38 is tied for sixth among conference pitchers. Opposing batters are hitting just .140 against the tall left-hander.