April 23, 2019 Atlanta: Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall argues a call with the home base umpire after Georgia scored on a wild pitch from third base during the fourth inning in the Spring Classic NCAA college baseball game at SunTrust Park on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Atlanta. The play stood as called after a review. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Georgia Tech awash in ACC baseball honors

Upon leading Georgia Tech to the Coastal Division championship, Yellow Jackets coach Danny Hall was named ACC coach off the year on Monday. Tech was picked to finish fifth in the division before the season.

It’s the fourth time he has been named the conference’s coach of the year and first since 2005. His four awards are tied for third most in conference history.

Hall joined six Tech players who were named All-ACC, including three first-teamers — first baseman Tristin English, catcher Kyle McCann and pitcher Connor Thomas. The six selections tied for most in the conference.

“No. 1, it’s a tremendous honor,” Hall said Monday. “It’s voted on by your peers. To be picked fifth and then win our division I think says a lot about my staff, my players and just how we as a group have competed this year throughout the year. As much as my name is on it, the honor is for our team and our coaching staff and administration.”

Tech left campus early Monday afternoon for the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C. The Yellow Jackets (38-16), ranked as high as sixth nationally, will open pool play Wednesday against Notre Dame. They’ll be in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2016.

At the end of their practice at Russ Chandler Stadium, players dumped a cooler of ice water on Hall and mobbed him in celebration.

“I’d say overall, he’s just a great leader and a great guy,” English said of Hall. “We know he has our backs at all times.”

In conference play, English ranked first or second in the league in batting average (.381), slugging percentage (.825), runs scored (32), RBI (37) and home runs (11). Thomas is 9-1 with a 3.11 ERA and leads the ACC in innings pitched (98.1) and walks per nine innings (1.56) and is third in strikeouts (93). McCann leads the ACC in home runs (22), is third in slugging (.694) and fifth in on-base percentage (.465).

Outfielder Baron Radcliff (12 home runs) was named second team and designated hitter Michael Guldberg (.373 batting average) and pitcher Xzavion Curry (66 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings) were named third team.

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