GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Seven University of Miami baseball student-athletes were among those recognized with all-conference honors, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday.
Junior catcher Zack Collins (first team), junior second baseman Johnny Ruiz (second team), senior shortstop Brandon Lopez (third team), sophomore outfielder Carl Chester (third team), junior outfielder Willie Abreu (third team), sophomore lefthander Michael Mediavilla (third team) and junior closer Bryan Garcia (third team) were all honored by the conference.
In addition, righthander Frankie Bartow earned a place on the 2016 ACC All-Freshman Team.
The first-team honor was the second consecutive for Collins, who became Miami's first back-to-back first-team selection since Jon Jay in 2005 and 2006. Collins batted .381 in the regular season with a team-high 11 home runs and 51 RBI, and led the ACC in on-base percentage and walks.
Ruiz, who earned all-conference recognition for the first time in his career, was one of just four players to start all 53 games in the regular season. Ruiz hit .342 with two home runs with 50 RBI to go along with 12 doubles, and was one of Miami's most consistent hitters for the season.
Lopez ended the regular season ranked third in the ACC and first on the team with a .390 average. He recorded career-high totals of 69 hits, 13 doubles and 38 RBI. Lopez has started over 200 games at shortstop in his Miami career, and earned All-ACC recognition for the first time.
Chester, who also started all 53 games for Miami in center, was a catalyst at the top of the Miami lineup. The sophomore batted .338 with two home runs and 26 RBI. He lead the team with 70 hits, scored 53 runs, and also stole a team-high 16 bases in his first All-ACC season.
The third-team All-ACC recognition was the third straight for Abreu, who provided Miami with offense and defense in his corner outfield position. Abreu batted .274 in the regular season, and tied for the team lead with 11 home runs - more than the total from his first two seasons combined. He started all 53 games in right field.
In his first season as a member of the rotation, Mediavilla delivered a sparkling campaign en route to the first All-ACC honors of his career. Mediavilla became Miami's first 10-game winner on the hill since Chris Hernandez in 2010, and finished with a 3.24 ERA and 10-1 record in 14 starts.
Garcia earned all-conference honors for the third straight year, and third-team All-ACC recognition for the second straight year. One of the premier closers in the country, Garcia finished with 14 saves in the regular season to tie the Miami all-time career record of 39. He recorded a 2.05 ERA in 27 appearances with 48 strikeouts compared to just 15 walks.
Bartow was one of Miami's top arms out of the bullpen, and ranked among the top three in appearances in the ACC in his first season. He recorded a 2.38 ERA and a 3-0 record with 24 strikeouts in 41.2 innings.
2016 All-ACC Baseball Teams
C - Chris Okey, Clemson
C - Zack Collins, Miami
1B - Tristin English, Georgia Tech
2B - Nate Mondou, Wake Forest
3B - John Sansone, Florida State
3B - Will Craig, Wake Forest
SS - Charles Leblanc, Pitt
OF - Seth Beer, Clemson
OF - Kel Johnson, Georgia Tech
OF - Matt Gonzalez, Georgia Tech
OF - Corey Ray, Louisville
DH/UT - Brendan McKay, Louisville
SP - Drew Harrington, Louisville
SP - Brendan McKay, Louisville
SP - Connor Jones, Virginia
RP - Zack Burdi, Louisville
C - Matt Thaiss, Virginia
1B - Preston Palmeiro, NC State
1B - Pavin Smith, Virginia
2B - Nick Solak, Louisville
2B - Johnny Ruiz, Miami
3B - Evan Mendoza, NC State
SS - Taylor Walls, Florida State
OF - Jimmy Herron, Duke
OF - Tyler Ramirez, North Carolina
OF - Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest
DH/UT - Jack Labosky, Duke
SP - Brandon Gold, Georgia Tech
SP - J.B. Bukauskas, North Carolina
SP - T.J. Zeuch, Pitt
RP - Pat Krall, Clemson
RP - Matthew Gorst, Georgia Tech
C - Will Smith, Louisville
1B - Gavin Sheets, Wake Forest
2B - Ernie Clement, Virginia
3B - Blake Tiberi, Louisville
SS - Connor Justus, Georgia Tech
SS - Devin Hairston, Louisville
SS - Brandon Lopez, Miami
OF - Willie Abreu, Miami
OF - Carl Chester, Miami
OF - Josh McLain, NC State
DH/UT - Nick Yarnall, Pitt
SP - Justin Dunn, Boston College
SP - Michael Mediavilla, Miami
SP - Zac Gallen, North Carolina
SP - Parker Dunshee, Wake Forest
RP - Bryan Garcia, Miami
Jacob Stevens, SP, Boston College
Seth Beer, OF, Clemson
Jimmy Herron, OF, Duke
Zack Kone, SS, Duke
Cal Raleigh, C, Florida State
Tristin English, 1B, Georgia Tech
Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech
Devin Mann, 2B, Louisville
Frankie Bartow, RP, Miami
Brett Kinneman, OF, NC State
Matt Vierling, OF, Notre Dame
Yaya Chentouf, RP, Pitt
Our take: Seems odd that the #3 team in America, the ACC Regular Season Champions who have a record of 43-10 on the year only have 2 players, Collins and Ruiz, on the top 2 All-ACC teams.
Oh well. We have tournaments to go win now.
Congrats to all of the Canes' All-ACC Baseball players.
Now, go get me a CWS Championship.