Georgia Tech's Rowland, North Carolina's White Receive ACC Weekly Baseball Honors
April 20, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Jeff Rowland has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while North Carolina’s Alex White received Pitcher of the Week honors following their performances during the period of April 13-19.
Rowland scored seven of the Yellow Jackets’ 56 runs in a week in which Georgia Tech went 5-0, with all five wins coming on the road. The centerfielder from Augusta, Ga., had a team-best .500 batting average, with four multi-hit games to his credit. Rowland posted a .792 slugging percentage with a pair of doubles, a triple and a home run and also had a .538 on-base percentage.
Rowland hit a two-run triple in the second inning against top-ranked Georgia to put the Jackets ahead 4-0 and key an eventual 11-6 win. He went 2-for-3 the following night against Georgia State before being lifted in the sixth after Tech had taken a 13-2 lead.
Rowland then hit .563 (9-for-16) in Tech’s three-game sweep of Wake Forest over the weekend, tallying a .875 slugging percentage while posting a .563 on- base percentage. Rowland had four hits, including a double, in addition to a stolen base in the series opener. He added two hits, including a solo home run, in the second game of the series. Rowland then collected three more hits, including another double, in the series finale. Rowland been Tech’s table-setter all season, leading off every game for the Yellow Jackets in 2009.
North Carolina’s White dominated No. 7 Miami in a complete-game, one-hit shutout in Friday’s series opener, a 3-0 win for the Tar Heels. The Greenville, N.C., All-American faced only 28 batters – just one over the minimum – and struck out a season-best 10 en route to his first career complete-game shutout.
White allowed just a third-inning single and a walk in the eighth for only two base runners all night. In between, he retired 14 straight Hurricanes. White closed his second career complete game by striking out the side to nail down Carolina’s first one-hitter since 1994 and its first complete game shutout since 2007.
Over his last four starts, all against top-20 opponents, White owns a 1.93 ERA, 36 strikeouts and has allowed only 17 hits in 32 2/3 innings. He has pitched at least seven innings in five straight starts and has six straight outings with at least eight strikeouts. On the season, the right-hander is 6-1 with a 3.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 63 innings and became just the seventh Tar Heel to reach the 25-win mark for a career.