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ACC Players of the Week (March 15th)


PatDeanBC GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia outfielder Dan Grovatt has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, while Boston College’s Pat Dean received Pitcher of the Week honors following their performances in last weekend’s series that opened conference play.

Grovatt was Virginia’s top hitter during a 3-1 week which included a series win at No. 2 Florida State – UVa’s first-ever series win against the Seminoles.

Grovatt, a junior from Tabernacle, N.J., began his big week on Wednesday with a key single during UVa’s four-run rally in a win over William and Mary, which had knocked off 11th-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill the previous day.

On Friday, Grovatt recorded his first career multiple-home run game and UVa’s first multi-homer game since 2008 with a pair of home runs in the Cavaliers’ 5-0 win at FSU. Grovatt also tied his career high in hits with a four-hit effort Friday. On Saturday, he earned the win on the mound and had a key single and run during the Cavaliers’ six-run rally in the ninth inning that produced a 9-8 win. On Sunday, Grovatt clubbed his third homer of the weekend in the first inning.

Boston College’s Dean tossed eight shutout innings against No. 13 Miami on Friday night in a 3-0 win.

Dean, a junior from Naugatuck, Conn., dominated the game, confusing and jamming batters throughout the night. Dean allowed six hits and had a season-high nine strikeouts, one shy of his career high. Only three runners were able to get into scoring position with Dean on the mound.

In his last three outings against the Hurricanes, Dean is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA – allowing one run in 22.0 innings – and has struck out 21 while walking two. Friday’s performance came against a Miami team that entered the night averaging 9.9 runs a game.

  • Alan

    Brian, What do you think it will take for Duke to break into the top 25? They look to be a very solid team taking the series for the 2nd year in a row from #11 ranked North Carolina and have more depth in the pitching rotation than in the past. They continue to be very sound defensively and players are stepping up offensively as well.

    • I don’t understand how some of the national polls continue to have North Carolina ranked. The Tar Heels are a borderline Top 30 team right now.

      I personally would have Duke right on the cusp of being ranked but somehow UNC gets all the acclaim down there. Duke just needs to continue to win and they will get recognized eventually.

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