UVA baseball’s Matt Thaiss named ACC Player of the Week
UVA catcher Matt Thaiss (Jr., Jackson, N.J.) has been named the ACC Player of the Week, announced Monday by the league office. This is the second career award for Thaiss; he also earned the distinction on April 27, 2015.
It marks the second straight week that a Cavalier has earned a league honor. Connor Jones was named the ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week last week after firing a one-hit shutout at Boston College.
Thaiss had hits and scored in every game as the Cavaliers went 3-1 last week, including a key series win over No. 13 North Carolina. He reached base safely in 14 of his 18 plate appearances (.778 on-base percentage) and was 8-for-12 with a triple, a home run, and seven RBI.
He hit the game-tying single in the 7-4 Friday win over the Tar Heels and had two key hits in the series-clinching, 15-9 victory on Sunday, a game-tying, two-run single as well as a two-run home run. He reached base in five of his six plate appearances on Sunday as he upped his on-base percentage to .483 for the season.
Virginia (23-15, 9-9 ACC) plays a pair of home midweek games this week. UVA entertains Radford Tuesday and VCU Wednesday; both games start at 6 p.m. The Cavaliers travel to No. 1 Miami this weekend for a three-game ACC series.