Hokie softball honored by ACC

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Picking up three ACC awards, five first-team All-ACC selections and two ACC All-Freshmen Team members, the No. 22/20 Virginia Tech softball team received many honors by the league office on Tuesday after getting the No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship.

Under the guidance of the 2019 ACC Coach of the Year, Pete D’Amour, the Hokies (45-8, 20-4 ACC) also boasted the ACC Pitcher of the Year in pitcher Carrie Eberle (25-5, 1.66 ERA) and the ACC Freshman of the Year in third baseman Kelsey Bennett (.397 BA, 44 RBIs).

The three awards mark the first time in school history of winning three major awards from the ACC. The previous high was two in a season set twice in 2006 and 2007. Bennett’s award was the first ACC Freshman of the Year by a Hokie since 2016 (Lauren Duff) and just the second time in program history.

Eberle’s honor was the fourth time a Tech player has earned ACC Pitcher of the Year and first since 2008 (Angela Tincher 2006, ’07, ’08). D’Amour’s ACC Coach of the Year nod was the second in school history (Scot Thomas, 2007).

Eberle and Bennett were joined by first baseman Jayme Bailey (.406 BA, 16 RBIs), outfielder Emma Strouth (.413 BA, 66 RBIs) and pitcher Keely Rochard (20-3, 1.73 ERA) on the first-team All-ACC squad, giving Tech the most players on the first-team of any club in the league. It marks the first time for any of them making the prestigious list and the most-ever Hokies on an All-ACC first team since the league broke up its all-conference team into first- and second-team in 2005.

Bailey and Bennett, who both made the NFCA Freshman of the Year Top 25 list, made the ACC All-Freshmen Team. They join Eberle (2017), Duff (2016) and Maggie Tyler (2016) to make the team in Tech’s history.

All five players and Coach D’Amour will be back on the field on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET in Tallahassee, Florida for the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship. The Hokies will play the winner of the 8-9 game between NC State (29-26, 9-15) and Syracuse (21-31, 8-16).

2019 ACC Softball Player of the Year: Cait Brooks, Sr., DP, Notre Dame

2019 ACC Softball Pitcher of the Year: Carrie Eberle, Jr., Virginia Tech

2019 ACC Softball Defensive Player of the Year: Sydney Sherrill, So., 3B, Florida State

2019 ACC Softball Freshman of the Year: Kelsey Bennett, Fr., 3B, Virginia Tech

2019 ACC Softball Coach of the Year: Pete D’Amour, Virginia Tech

2019 All-ACC Softball First Team

Carsyn Gordon, Sr., 1B, Florida State

Meghan King, Sr., P, Florida State

Sydney Sherrill, So., 3B, Florida State

Katie Krzus, Sr., 3B, Georgia Tech

Kristina Burkhardt, So., OF, North Carolina

Brittany Pickett, Jr., P, North Carolina

Cait Brooks, Sr., DP, Notre Dame

Melissa Rochford, Sr., 3B, Notre Dame

Payton Tidd, Fr., P, Notre Dame

Lacy Smith, Sr., 1B, Virginia

Jayme Bailey, Fr., 1B, Virginia Tech

Kelsey Bennett, Fr., 3B, Virginia Tech

Carrie Eberle, Jr., P, Virginia Tech

Keely Rochard, So., P, Virginia Tech

Emma Strouth, Sr., OF, Virginia Tech

2019 All-ACC Softball Second Team

Lexi DiEmmanuele, Sr., OF, Boston College

Emme Martinez, So., 3B, Boston College

Peyton St. George, So., P, Duke

Elizabeth Mason, So, UT, Florida State

Anna Shelnutt, Jr., C, Florida State

Cameron Stanford, So., CF, Georgia Tech

Sidney Melton, Sr., SS, Louisville

Megan Dray, So., C, North Carolina

Leah Murray, Sr., 2B, North Carolina

Kiani Ramsey, Sr., OF, North Carolina

Sam Russ, So., OF, NC State

Emma Clark, Fr., OF, Notre Dame

Katie Marino, Jr., 2B, Notre Dame

Olivia Gray, Sr., SS, Pittsburgh

Hunter Levesque, So., OF, Pittsburgh

2019 ACC Softball All-Freshman Team

Makinzy Herzog, P, Florida State

Kathryn Sandercock, P, Florida State

Bailee Zeitler, SS, Georgia Tech

Charley Butler, LF, Louisville

Rebecca Chung, C, Louisville

Hannah George, P, North Carolina

Emma Clark, OF, Notre Dame

Payton Tidd, P, Notre Dame

Jayme Bailey, 1B, Virginia Tech

Kelsey Bennett, 3B, Virginia Tech

–VT Athletics