2010 All-ACC Academic Baseball Team Announced
June 28, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech junior shortstop Derek Dietrich has been named the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the All-ACC Academic Baseball Team, as announced today by Commissioner John D. Swofford.
A two-time ESPNTheMagazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American, Dietrich has twice been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and is a two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection. The Parma, Ohio, native received Georgia Tech’s 2010 Male Scholar-Athlete Award and was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society, which recognizes student-athletes nationally who are at least a junior in class standing and have maintained at least a 3.40 GPA.
Dietrich batted .350 during the 2010 season with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs while earning first-team All-ACC honors and third-team All-America honors from Baseball America. Dietrich was a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top college shortstop. He was drafted in the second round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 79th overall selection.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
The 2009 All-ACC Academic Baseball Team features 17 student-athletes that earned the honor on at least one previous occasion and eight players that earned first- or second-team All-ACC honors in 2010 (Georgia Tech’s Dietrich and Tony Plagman, Clemson’s Mike Freeman, Florida State’s Tyler Holt, Miami’s Chris Hernandez, Virginia’s Danny Hultzen and Robert Morey, and Virginia Tech’s Ben Rowen). Plagman is a four-time All-ACC Academic Baseball Team honoree.
Five student-athletes featured on the All-ACC Academic team were also named to at least one All-America team this past season (Florida State’s Holt, Georgia Tech’s Dietrich and Plagman, Miami’s Hernandez and Virginia’s Hultzen).
Duke and Florida State led all schools with six student-athletes named to the 40-member team. Clemson and Georgia Tech each had five players honored. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.