LeBlanc, Zeuch, Yarnall and Chentouf earn All-ACC honors


Charles LeBlanc was voted by the coaches as the best shortstop in the ACC in 2016. | Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

With their season coming to a close this past weekend, four Pitt Panthers earned All-ACC baseball honors on Monday afternoon.

Sophomore shortstop Charles LeBlanc — who hails from Quebec — highlighted the selections, becoming the first Pitt player to make the All-ACC first team since the Panthers joined the conference in 2013.

LeBlanc’s batting average led the team for the second consecutive year, as his .405 mark earned him the 2016 ACC batting title. He also led the team in runs scored, hits, runs batted in, on-base percentage and assists.

Star pitcher T.J. Zeuch, projected to be a first-round pick in next month’s MLB Draft, landed on the All-ACC second team.

After missing the first four weeks of the season due to injury, the junior right-hander came back and went 6-1 with a 3.10 earned run average, 74 strikeouts and only 19 walks in 69 ⅔ innings pitched.

Coaches voted junior Nick Yarnall to the All-ACC third team as a designated hitter and utility player.

Yarnall –– who played in 48 games as a first baseman, left fielder or DH –– tied for fifth in the ACC with a team-leading 11 home runs on the season. He finished second on the team with a .556 slugging percentage, third with 39 RBIs and fourth with a .309 batting average.

Versatile first-year pitcher/outfielder Yaya Chentouf made the ACC All-Freshman team in his first year of college ball.

Chentouf quickly assumed the role as Pitt’s closer and made 16 appearances out of the bullpen, registering a 1.12 ERA with 17 strikeouts and only three walks in 24 innings pitched. He also went 7-for-33 at the plate with six runs scored, six RBIs and four stolen bases on the season.

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