CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Virginia junior pitcher Melanie Mitchell (White Plains, Md.) has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team, the league office announced Thursday.
Mitchell's 1.39 ERA during the regular season ranked second among ACC pitchers (21st nationally) and her 273 strikeouts were third in the league (11th nationally). She has allowed just 25 walks on the year, the fewest among starters in the league, and her 0.85 walks per seven innings is the sixth-lowest nationally.
With her next start, Mitchell will tie the Virginia program record for career starts in the circle. Former Cavalier Lisa Palmer (1986-89) currently holds that mark with 112 career starts. Mitchell also ranks second in strikeouts (826), third in innings pitched (719.0), third in complete games (78) and fourth in wins (63) in UVa's career lists.
It is the second career honor for Mitchell, who was a first-team honoree as a freshman in 2010.
Virginia (26-24, 8-13 ACC) earned the No. 6 seed in the 2012 ACC Championship and faces No. 3 seed Georgia Tech at 12 p.m. Thursday at North Carolina's Anderson Stadium. The matchup will be televised live by the ACC's Regional Sports Network and live statistics will be linked on VirginiaSports.com.
2012 All-ACC Softball Teams
Nicole D'Argento, Boston College
Briana Hamilton, Florida State
Monica Perry, Florida State
Tiffani Brown, Florida State
Hope Rush, Georgia Tech
Kelsi Weseman, Georgia Tech
Kathy McLaughlin, Maryland
Vangie Galindo, Maryland
Renada Davis, NC State
Lori Spingola, North Carolina
Courtney Liddle, Virginia Tech
Andrea Filler, Boston College
Lacey Waldrop, Florida State
Kate Kuzma, Georgia Tech
Kendra Knight, Maryland
Ally Blake, North Carolina
Amy Nece, North Carolina
Kelli Wheeler, North Carolina
Melanie Mitchell, Virginia
Lauren Gaskill, Virginia Tech
ACC Player of the Year: Kelsi Weseman, Georgia Tech
ACC Pitcher of the Year: Lori Spingola, North Carolina
ACC Freshman of the Year: Renada Davis, NC State
ACC Coach of the Year: Donna Papa, North Carolina
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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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