GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – A couple of prominent freshmen earned Atlantic Coast Conference baseball weekly awards, as Virginia Tech outfielder Gavin Cross has been recognized as ACC Player of the Week, and NC State right-hander Matt Willadsen is the Week Pitcher.
ACC baseball weekly awards are determined by a vote from a selected media panel and are announced on Mondays throughout the regular season.
Cross turned in a fantastic week for the Hokies, hitting .500 (10-for-20) with nine RBIs, seven runs, three home runs, two doubles and a triple. In Tuesday’s 15-5 victory against ETSU, he beat for the cycle and went 4-for-6 with seven RBI. Cross had at least one hit in every game of the weekend series in Wake Forest, as Virginia Tech got its second conference sweep of the year.
The Bristol, Tennessee, native was 3-for-5 on Friday and 2-for-5 on Saturday, hitting home runs in both games. Cross scored twice in Sunday’s game and doubled to record an extra-based hit in all four games last week.
For the second week in a row, the ACC Pitcher of the Week comes from NC State when Matt Willadsen threw a two-hit shutout to lift Wolfpack to a 7-0 victory to complete the series’ sweep against Boston College on Sunday. It also marks the second week in a row that the honor is awarded to a Pack novice, when classmate Chris Villaman was recognized on April 5.
Greetings from Holly Springs, North Carolina, Willadsen logged his first complete game of his career, allowing only two hits with five strikes. He retired with 15 strokes in a row ranging from the first to the sixth inning, and did not allow an extra base stroke. Willadsen is the third NC state scanner this season to go the distance on the mound, and Wolfpack is the only ACC program that has more than one throws a complete game this season.