April 10, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia first baseman/outfielder Pavin Smith (Jr., Jupiter, Fla.) has been named the ACC Player of the Week after helping lead the Cavaliers to a 5-0 week, including a three-game series sweep against Pittsburgh. It marks the first career ACC Player of the Week honor for Smith and is the first weekly league award for a UVA player this season.
Smith also was named one of Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week and is a candidate for the Golden Spikes Award's Gold Standard Performance, which can be voted on here .
Smith had a big week as part of UVA's 5-0 stretch, going 9-for-21 (.429) and driving in 14 runs while racking up five extra-base hits (two homers, three doubles). He recorded his second career multi-home run game Tuesday in the win over a red-hot Old Dominion squad, hitting a grand slam as well as a two-run homer. Smith added two hits and three RBI Wednesday against George Washington.
Smith had four RBI in the series opener against Pitt, including a three-run double that missed by a foot of going out for a grand slam. He added a hit Sunday and also had a highlight-reel catch in left field to save an extra-base hit in the tight game.
Smith is batting .328 this season and currently leads the ACC in RBI with 49 and also ranks fifth in home runs (10), seventh in total bases (80) and eighth in runs (34). He ranks as one of the toughest players to strike out in the nation, with just five punchouts in 155 plate appearances.
Virginia (26-8, 8-7 ACC) plays host to VCU at 6 p.m. Tuesday before heading to Virginia Tech Thursday through Saturday for a three-game ACC series.
'Hoos Look To Take Next Step in NCAA TourneyWomen's Basketball3/18/18A win Sunday night over second-seeded South Carolina would send 10th-seeded Virginia to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000.End Comes Too Soon for No. 1 CavaliersMen's Basketball3/17/18In the NCAA tournament's first round, No. 1 seed Virginia lost 74-54 to No. 16 seed UMBC in a South Region game in Charlotte, N.C.No. 1 'Hoos Ready to Roll in CharlotteMen's Basketball3/15/18At approximately 9:20 p.m. Friday, in a South Region game, No. 1 seed UVA (31-2) meets No. 16 seed UMBC (24-10) in the NCAA tournament's first round.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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