Tech honors five ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic All-Region winners

GREENSBORO, North Carolina – Key contributors to one of the best Virginia Tech baseball teams to ever grace Blacksburg, five Hokies have been named to the 2022 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-Atlantic Teams, as announced Wednesday the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Second year outfielder Jack Hurleysecond shortstop Tanner Schobel and freshman pitcher Drue Hackenberg placed on the all-Atlantic first team while a third-year outfielder Gavin Cross and third-year catcher cade hunter was selected to the second team of all Atlantic regions.

Tech led the Atlantic region with its five overall selections, ranking fourth nationally while edging regional programs Davidson (four) and Wake Forest (four). The Hokies’ three first-team endorsements also scored the most in the Atlantic region.

Beating the cleanup for most of the season, Hurley consistently ranked among the nation’s top hitters, starting the year with his 26-game hitting streak that set the ACC-era program record of Tech. The five-tool left fielder led the nation in batting average through April 7 (.464), posting a .375 mark for the season alongside his .664 slugging percentage, 87 hits, 55 RBI, 14 circuits and its ACC head. , 23 doubles (until June 13).

Hurley was named a national semi-finalist for the 2022 Dick Howser Trophy, was chosen for the college baseball journal All-American Third Team and placed in the All-ACC First Team.

Considered one of the best collegiate shortstops in the game, Schobel had 74 RBIs from third in Tech’s batting order, pacing the Hokies in both home runs (19) and slugging percentage (.689). Among his 85 hits, the five-foot-10 infielder had 18 doubles while having a defensive say in all but six of the team’s 42 double plays.

Schobel was named one of six national finalists for the 2022 Brooks Wallace Award (given annually to the nation’s top collegiate shortstop), was named a national semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, a earned All-ACC First Team honors and distinguished himself on the college baseball journal Third American team.

One of the ACC’s top emerging stars, Hackenberg broke a 10-2 record as a rookie starting pitcher, commanding the lowest regular-season ERA in the ACC (2.44). For the year, the freshman right-hander hit a 3.30 ERA in 92 and two-thirds of innings pitched, recording 87 strikeouts on 19 walks and his opposing batting average of .259.

Hackenberg – two-time All-American 2022 Freshman (college baseball journalNCBWA) – accompanied Hurley and Schobel on both college baseball journal All-American Third Team and All-ACC First Team. He also earned a placement on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

A consistent offensive artist, Cross set Tech’s roster in motion, recording 14 doubles, eight triples (tied for second nationally as of June 13) and 17 homers while leading the Hokies in runs scored (70) . The left-handed power-bat batted .328 and .660 to the tune of 50 RBIs, remaining perfect for the season in 12-on-12 stolen base attempts.

Cross joined Schobel as a national semi-finalist for the 2022 Golden Spikes Award, earning All-ACC first-team praise for the second straight season. He was also named the 2022 NCAA Blacksburg Regional Most Outstanding Player for batting .615 (8 for 13) with a double, a triple, two home runs, five runs scored and seven RBIs.

Anchoring the Hokies as their go-to catcher, Hunter transitioned into a .400 hitter early in April, cooling to a .330 batting average and .637 slugging percentage by season’s end. The Tech third-year safety net scored 70 hits, 14 doubles, 17 home runs and 66 RBIs, sweeping the same number of stolen bases (11) that he caught defensively (11).

Hunter was named a national semi-finalist for the 2022 Buster Posey Award, given annually to the nation’s top college wide receiver. He also received All-ACC Second Team consideration at the league’s post-season awards show.

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