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    Gillheeney Named Second-Team All-ACC

    RALEIGH, N.C. The 2009 baseball season wasn’t the easiest for NC State, but lefthanded starting pitcher Jimmy Gillheeney capped the ’09 campaign by earning second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches. The All-ACC team was announced today by the conference office.

    A junior from Johnston, R.I., Gillheeney was the only NC State player named to either the first or second All-ACC teams. NC State has had at least one player named first- or second-team All-ACC each year dating back to 1967.

    Gillheeney, an All-America closer as a sophomore in 2008, moved back into the starting rotation this season after the Wolfpack lost all three weekend starters from a year ago. Offensive and defensive support was not always easy to come by, but Gillheeney pitched through whatever adversity he faced in 2009 and finished with a 6-5 record and a 3.86 ERA. He made 13 appearances, all starts, and worked 81 2/3 innings, allowing 81 hits and 34 walks while striking out 75.

    Gillheeeney’s season was remarkably consistent. He pitched into the sixth inning in 12 of his 13 starts, and had seven starts in which he pitched at least seven complete innings. He allowed fewer than one hit per inning pitched in eight of his 13 starts. He also pitched the same whether facing conference or non-conference opponents. Against ACC opponents, he had a 4-4 record with an identical 3.86 ERA.



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