Hultzen named first-team Academic All-American

Virginia left-handed pitcher/first baseman Danny Hultzen (Jr., Bethesda, Md.) has been named a 2011 Capital One First-Team Academic All-American, as announced Wednesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hultzen was a second-team honoree in 2010.

Hultzen is majoring in history and carries a 3.37 grade-point average. He is one of 11 baseball players nationally to be selected to the All-America first team.

Hultzen joins an elite group of Virginia student-athletes to win this award. It is the 20th time a Virginia student-athlete has been named a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American. Hultzen is the 17th different UVa student-athlete to be a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American. This program dates back to 1952.

After going 9-3 with a 1.49 earned run average and 131 strikeouts this season, Hultzen was honored as the ACC Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year. He is the only ACC player to earn the distinction twice since the award started in 2005.

The lone Cavalier to win the ACC Pitcher of the Year award, Hultzen was named First-Team All-ACC for the third straight year – also a first in Virginia baseball history.

In 90.1 innings this season, he has allowed just 15 earned runs, 60 hits and 15 walks while striking out an ACC-best 131, which also ranks second nationally. Batters are hitting just .189 against him.

Hultzen is on the watch list for every national player of the year award and was named Baseball America’s Midseason Player of the Year. He also is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and is on the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player Award.

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