Dwenger grad Burkhardt named First Team All-ACC

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Highlighted by All-ACC first team selections, junior Brittany Pickett and redshirt-sophomore Kristina Burkhardt, six Tar Heels picked up all-ACC honors as announced Tuesday afternoon, voted on by the league’s head coaches.
 
Seniors Leah Murray and Kiani Ramsey, and sophomore Megan Dray were named to the all-ACC second team while Hannah George was selected to the All-Freshman team to round out Carolina’s honorees. Six Tar Heels earning all-ACC accolades is the most for UNC since 2008.
 
A junior from Indian Trail, North Carolina, Pickett earned all-ACC first team honors for the third time in her career. Pickett has continued to anchor Carolina’s pitching staff tossing nearly 100 innings in ACC play. Throwing 10 of UNC’s 17 conference wins, Pickett owns four complete-game shutouts and two combined shutouts. The junior has struck out 92 while allowing a mere 35 earned runs for a 2.54 conference ERA. Earning two saves in league play and four on the season, Pickett is UNC’s career record holder with 12 saves. The southpaw struck out an ACC single-game high of 10 at Pittsburgh and struck out six or more 11 times in 18 appearances. At the plate, Pickett hit .370 in 27 at-bats with eight of 10 hits for extra bases. With five home runs, she slugged 1.037 with a .585 on-base percentage in conference play. Pickett was selected as the ACC Pitcher of the Week three time and Player of the Week once throughout the 2019 season en route to her third first-team selection.
 
A redshirt-sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Burkhardt garnered all-ACC honors for the first time in her career. Leading the Tar Heels at the plate, the first-team selection boasted a .406 average with a .594 slugging percentage and .528 on-base clip. The redshirt-sophomore was perfect in right field on 20 chances and nearly perfect along the base paths with 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts. Burkhardt tallied nine multi-hit games and five multi-RBi games, highlighted by a 4-for-5 outing with four RBI at Louisville. The Fort Wayne native was also nearly perfect at Pitt, going 6 for 8 with a double, home run and four stolen bases in the series.
 
A senior from Huntersville, North Carolina, Murray was named to the all-ACC second team for the second time in her tenure. After switching positions from outfield to second base, Murray shined in the middle-infield, committing a mere two errors in 92 chances. The slapper continued to excel at the plate with a team-best 29 hits for a .358 average. The senior stole nine bases and ranked fifth in the ACC with 0.47 stolen bases per game, highlighted by a game-high of three vs. Virginia. Murray also posted seven multi-hit games, including three-hit games vs. Georgia Tech and Virginia.
 
A senior from Portland, Texas, Ramsey collected all-ACC second-team honors in back-to-back seasons. Leading UNC with 29 hits in league play, Ramsey posted the second-highest average of .377 and a .545 slugging percentage thanks to 10 extra base hits. The senior swiped eight bases and was also perfect in center field with 28 outs on 28 chances. Ramsey had eight multi-hit games, highlighted by a 3-for-4 outing with three runs scored vs. Florida State.
 
A sophomore from Lynchburg, Virginia, Dray picked up her first ACC honor to round out Carolina’s second-team selections. With eight extra-base hits, Dray led the Tar Heels with a .623 slugging percentage and 21 RBI. Totaling 26 hits, the sophomore slugged four home runs, three doubles and a triple during league play. Stepping into the starting role behind the plate, Dray posted a perfect fielding percentage, catching 123 outs while throwing out 12. The catcher logged a 19-game reached-base streak and ended ACC play reaching first in 21 straight games. The Lynchburg native went 4-for-4 at Duke and plated five runs on a pair of hits at Pitt to highlight her conference season.
 
A Columbus, Georgia native, George earned Carolina’s lone spot on the All-Freshman team to cap off a standout first season. While UNC’s ace was out with injury, George stepped up to throw nearly every game for the Tar Heels during that span. The freshman seven wins in 11 appearances, including a pair of shutout. George fanned 25 batters in 54.0 innings of work and limited her opponents to a .243 average. The Georgia native blanked Boston College for her ACC shutout before limiting the reigning WCWS champions to three hits en route to Carolina’s series win over Florida State. Picking up a pair of ranked wins in a week against Florida State and Virginia Tech, George earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors once in 2019.
 
Regular season ACC champion Virginia Tech picked up three individual awards: Pitcher of the Year, Carrie Eberle, Freshman of the Year, Kelsey Bennett and Coach of the Year, Pete D’Amour. Notre Dame’s Cait Brooks was named the Player of the Year while Florida State’s Sydney Sherrill garnered the Defensive Player of the Year honor.
 
The fourth-seeded Tar Heels begin their run in the 2019 ACC Tournament Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against #5 Louisville at Florida State.
 
Below is the complete list of the 2019 All-ACC honorees.
 
ACC Individual Awards
Player of the Year: Cait Brooks, Notre Dame
Pitcher of the Year: Carrie Eberle, Virginia Tech
Defensive Player of the Year: Sydney Sherrill, Florida State
Freshman of the Year: Kelsey Bennett, Virginia Tech
Coach of the Year: Pete D’Amour, Virginia Tech
 
All-ACC First Team
Carsyn Gordon, Florida State
Meghan King, Florida State
Sydney Sherrill, Florida State
Katie Krzus, Georgia Tech
Kristina Burkhardt, North Carolina
Brittany Pickett, North Carolina
Cait Brooks, Notre Dame
Melissa Rochford, Notre Dame
Payton Tidd, Notre Dame
Lacy Smith, Virginia
Jayme Bailey, Virginia Tech
Kelsey Bennett, Virginia Tech
Carrie Eberle, Virginia Tech
Keely Rochard, Virginia Tech
Emma Strouth, Virginia Tech
 
All-ACC Second Team
Lexi DiEmmanuele, Boston College
Emme Martinez, Boston College
Peyton St. George, Duke
Elizabeth Mason, Florida State
Anna Shelnutt, Florida State
Cameron Stanford, Georgia Tech
Sidney Melton, Louisville
Sam Russ, NC State
Megan Dray, North Carolina
Leah Murray, North Carolina
Kiani Ramsey, North Carolina
Emma Clark, Notre Dame
Katie Marino, Notre Dame
Olivia Gray, Pittsburgh
Hunter Levesque, Pittsburgh
 
ACC All-Freshman Team
Makinzy Herzog, Florida State
Kathryn Sandercock, Florida State
Bailee Zeitler, Georgia Tech
Charley Butler, Louisville
Rebecca Chung, Louisville
Hannah George, North Carolina
Emma Clark, Notre Dame
Payton Tidd, Notre Dame
Jayme Bailey, Virginia Tech
Kelsey Bennett, Virginia Tech

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