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McGuire finalist for pitching award
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ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech sophomore Deck McGuire has been named a finalist for the 2009 National Pitcher of the Year Award, the College Baseball Foundation and Mizuno announced Friday.

McGuire posted a perfect 10-0 record in the 2009 regular season and led the Atlantic Coast Conference in wins, strikeouts (101) and opponents’ batting average (.210). He became the first Yellow Jacket to earn the league’s top pitching honor when he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year earlier this week.

McGuire began the season by striking out a career-high 13 batters against Lipscomb and has eclipsed 10 strikeouts in a game three times this year. He’s posted a career record of 18-2 the past two seasons for the Yellow Jackets.

McGuire became the first Tech pitcher to earn first-team All-ACC honors since Cory Vance in 2000, and was one of five Yellow Jackets named to all-conference teams in 2009.

The five finalists have a combined record of 58-3. Each player has recorded double-digit wins and no one has more than one loss.

"These pitchers have put up some staggering numbers this season," said Landon Holly, Pitcher of the Year Award chairman. "There have been many quality pitching performances this season, but these players stand out."

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