Phil Gosselin and Danny Hultzen honored

STL informs us that the top-ranked UVa baseball team has won a couple more honors. Second baseman Phil Gosselin was named Player of the Week in the ACC, and Danny Hultzen won Pitcher of the Week in the conference. The official release with all the relevant information is in the extended entry. The Hoos play VCU tonight. It's the last game before a 9-day break for final exams. After that break, Virginia will host the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Holes in an important ACC matchup.

After tonight, only seven games remaining in the regular season before the fun really begins.

The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team swept the ACC Baseball honors for the week ending May 2, as infielder/outfielder Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) earned Player of the Week laurels, while Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) was named Pitcher of the Week.

It marks the first such honor for Gosselin, while Hultzen earned the distinction for the third time in his career and the second time this season (March 1).

The ACC hits leader with 77, Gosselin had hits in all five games (including four multiple-hit games) as Virginia completed a perfect week. Last Tuesday, Gosselin broke a scoreless tie with a two-out grand slam in the second inning of Virginia's 6-3 win over Coastal Carolina, which was ranked as high as fourth nationally. The next night, he tied a career high with four hits against Georgetown.

Gosselin then went 6-for-16 over the weekend at Duke, with three doubles. For the week, the Cavaliers' leadoff hitter was 12-for-25 (.480), had a .500 on base percentage and posted a team-best eight RBI.

Hultzen tossed his first career complete game in dominating fashion, facing just five batters over the minimum in a 12-3 road win Friday at Duke. He held Duke to its second-lowest hit total of the year while retiring the last 10 hitters and 21 of the final 22 batters that he faced. Ten of the final 21 outs came by strikeout. During that stretch, only five balls left the infield.

Overall, the ACC's strikeout leader (94) tied a career high with 13 strikeouts while not walking a batter. He went to a three-ball count to just two of the 32 batters he faced.

Virginia plays host to VCU at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Cavaliers' final game before a nine-day break for final exams.


Nice win for the Virginia baseball team yesterday over Coastal Carolina. Ordinarily, a victory over Coastal Carolina in any sport wouldn't be considered much to write about, but the baseball Chanticleers are pretty darn good:

Coastal Carolina's baseball team is not accustomed to losing. Then again, not every day do the Chanticleers face an opponent ranked No. 1 nationally by Baseball America.

This week that team is UVa, and the Wahoos (35-9) showed why Tuesday night. Thanks to Phil Gosselin's second-inning grand slam, Virginia never trailed in a 6-3 win over 10th-ranked Coastal before 2,260 fans at Davenport.

Brian O'Connor's 300th victory as the Cavaliers' coach ended the Chanticleers' 17-game winning streak. Coastal (36-6) hadn't lost since March 28.

"We definitely were jacked up to go against those guys," said UVa catcher John Hicks, who went 2 for 4 and threw out two baserunners.

"They're a very good ball club, and you could definitely tell in the clubhouse before the game that we were ready to go, we were excited for it."

The team is looking really good right now; I'm anxious for the postseason to get here. I'm also excited to see the development of Branden Kline, who got the start against CCU and looked great. He's just going to be a stud next year, that's all.

More reactions from STL and Lambeth Field. One final note: every time I hear Chanticleers, that name reminds me of something that irritates me: