May 23, 2005
Jacksonville, FL –
Clemson second-baseman Taylor Harbin and designated hitter Kris Harvey were both named First-Team All-ACC Monday at a pre-ACC Tournament banquet near the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville (FL). Righthander Stephen Faris was the Tigers’ lone second-team selection. The three have helped the late-season surge that saw the Tigers win their last nine regular-season games and finish in second place in the final ACC standings at 21-9. Voting by the conference’s 11 head coaches determined the annual honors.
Harbin, a freshman from Travelers Rest, SC, became the first Clemson freshman to make the first team since 1997 (Ryan Mottl) and the first freshman position player on the first team since 1991 (Billy McMillon). Harbin has hit an ACC-high 28 doubles along with nine homers, 57 RBIs, and a team-best .362 batting average. He also has an excellent .979 fielding percentage, committing just six errors in 283 chances in 2005.
Harvey, a junior from Catawba, NC, has an ACC-best 21 homers along with 62 RBIs and a .346 batting average. Both his 21 overall homers and 14 long balls in ACC regular-season games leads/led the league by five homers. He is slugging .688 along with a 5-3 record and 5.13 ERA in 59.2 innings pitched this season.
Faris, a sophomore from Richmond, VA, made the second team as a starting pitcher. In 77.1 innings pitched, he has a 6-3 record and 2.56 ERA (fifth-best in the ACC) along with 61 strikeouts against only 22 walks. He also has a .228 opponents’ batting average, has allowed just one home run, and has an ACC-high three complete games in 2005.
Miami (FL) third-baseman Ryan Braun was named ACC Player-of-the-Year, while teammate and righthander Cesar Carrillo was named ACC Pitcher-of-the-Year. Georgia Tech claimed the other two honors. Utility player Matt Wieters received ACC Rookie-of-the-Year honors, while Danny Hall was named ACC Coach-of-the-Year.
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