ACC Announces 2009 Softball Teams and Individual Awards
May 7, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. (theACC.com) – Five league institutions were represented on the 2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Softball first- and second-teams, announced Thursday evening at the league's annual pre-championship banquet on the campus of the North Carolina State University. North Carolina’s Danielle Spaulding earned ACC Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.
Florida State’s Sarah Hamilton was tabbed as the ACC Pitcher of the Year. Georgia Tech’s Kelsi Weseman was named ACC Freshman of the year and the Yellow Jacket’s Sharon Perkins earned Coach of the Year honors as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches.
Georgia Tech, which posted a 40-13 record and a 17-3 mark in league play, led all schools with six total team members. North Carolina added five to the first-and second-teams while Florida State tallied four honorees. Virginia Tech received two selections while Maryland rounded out the All-ACC squads with two members.
Earning the Player of the Year award for the second straight year was North Carolina's Danielle Spaulding. A junior out of Fontana, Calif., Spaulding became the second ever student-athlete to earn the award twice in her career. Spaulding compiled a record of 19-3 inside the circle with a 1.13 ERA. She averaged .307 at the plate with ten home runs. She currently ranks first nationally in strikeouts per seven and twelfth nationally in ERA.
Hamilton, a sophomore from Tallahassee, Fla., earned Florida State’s first pitcher of the year honor as the right-hander led the league with an 0.89 ERA. She posted a 17-5 record and fanned 255 batters in 165 and a third innings of work. Hamilton has a 0.52 ERA in league games and has thrown two no hitters this season.
Georgia Tech’s Weseman earned Freshman of the Year honors after batting .411 in the regular season to rank second in the league. The Yellow Jacket rookie is the first to win the award since Whitney Haller took the award in 2006. Weseman has seven home runs, 43 RBIs and 15 doubles.
Bringing home her first ACC Coach of the Year award was Georgia Tech’s Sharon Perkins. Perkins, now in her third season in charge of the Yellow Jackets, led her team to a 40-13 mark at the top seed in this week’s ACC Championship. She is 126-60 in her career at Georgia Tech.
2009 All-ACC Teams