Virginia’s Kent, Morris Among All-ACC Selections

Courtesy UVA Sports Media Relations

The middle infield duo of Nic Kent and Tanner Morris earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as announced by the league office on Monday. Kent was a first-team honoree while Morris was listed as on the third team.

Kent (Charlottesville, Va.) is the first Virginia freshman since Danny Hultzen in 2009 to earn First Team All-ACC honors. The Cavaliers have placed a student-athlete on the first team in each of the last seven years and every season except for one in Brian O’Connor’s 16-year tenure at Virginia. In addition to first team honors, Kent was part of the 12-member ACC All-Freshman Team.

Kent has appeared in 53 games in his first season on grounds and started the last 47 games at second base. He is second on the team and 11th in the ACC with a .333 batting average. His 41 RBI are tied for the most on the team. A Virginia freshman has not led the team in RBI since 1999.

Primarily batting in the second spot in the lineup, Kent leads the ACC and ranks 17th in the country with 11 sacrifice bunts. Going into the ACC Tournament, he is riding a 11-game hit streak and has reached base in 14-straight games.

Morris (Crozet, Va.) has been one of the league’s top hitters in 2019, batting .353 with 21 doubles, five home runs and 38 RBI. His 21 doubles are the most in the ACC and 16th-most in the NCAA. He is two doubles shy of matching the program record for doubles in a season. In ACC play, the left-handed swinging shortstop is batting .370, the fourth highest among his league counterparts. His 47 hits in 30 ACC games are the third most in the conference. Morris has reached base successfully in each of his last 14 games.

The Cavaliers will open up play at the ACC Tournament on Wednesday against North Carolina at 7 p.m.

2019 All-ACC Baseball Teams

Player of the Year – Bobby Seymour, 1B, Wake Forest

Pitcher of the Year – Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville

Defensive Player of the Year – Will Wilson, SS, NC State

Freshman of the Year – Aaron Sabato, DH/UT North Carolina

Coach of the Year – Danny Hall, Georgia Tech

First Team

C – Kyle McCann, Georgia Tech

C – Patrick Bailey, NC State

1B – Tristin English, Georgia Tech

1B – Bobby Seymour, Wake Forest

2B – Nic Kent, Virginia

3B – Drew Mendoza, Florida State

SS – Will Wilson, NC State

OF – Grayson Byrd, Clemson

OF – Kennie Taylor, Duke

OF – Michael Busch, North Carolina

OF – Chris Lanzilli, Wake Forest

DH/UT – Aaron Sabato, North Carolina

SP – Reid Detmers, Louisville

SP – Connor Thomas, Georgia Tech

SP – Dan Metzdorf, Boston College

RP – J.C. Flowers, Florida State

Second Team

C – Michael Amditis, Miami

1B – Logan Wyatt, Louisville

2B – Jack Owens, Virginia Tech

2B – Cody Morissette, Boston College

3B – Alex Binelas, Louisville

SS – Logan Davidson, Clemson

OF – Sal Frelick, Boston College

OF – Tyler McDonough, NC State

OF – Baron Radcliff, Georgia Tech

OF – Nico Popa, Pitt

DH/UT – Adrian Del Castillo, Miami

SP – Drew Parrish, Florida State

SP – Davis Sharpe, Clemson

SP – Derek West, Pitt

SP – Brian Van Belle, Miami

RP – Michael McAvene, Louisville

Third Team

C – Kyle Wilkie, Clemson

1B – Evan Edwards, NC State

2B – Justin Lavey, Louisville

3B – Jake Alu, Boston College

3B – Raymond Gil, Miami

SS – Tanner Morris, Virginia

SS – Tyler Fitzgerald, Louisville

OF – J.C. Flowers, Florida State

OF – Connor Perry, Pitt

OF – Reese Albert, Florida State

DH/UT – Michael Guldberg, Georgia Tech

SP – CJ Van Eyk, Florida State

SP – Tyler Baum, North Carolina

SP – Xzavion Curry, Georgia Tech

SP – Mat Clark, Clemson

RP – Carson Spiers, Clemson

All-Freshman Team

OF – Sal Frelick, Boston College

2B – Cody Morissette, Boston College

SP – Mason Pelio, Boston College

SP/DH – Davis Sharpe, Clemson

SS – Ethan Murray, Duke

DH/UT – Robby Martin, Florida State

3B – Alex Binelas, Louisville

DH/UT – Adrian Del Castillo, Miami

DH/UT – Aaron Sabato, North Carolina

SS – Danny Serretti, North Carolina

OF – Tyler McDonough, NC State

2B – Nic Kent, Virginia

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