Pitt’s Leblanc Named ACC Baseball Player of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. – After an impressive week in which he recorded 12 RBIs, Pitt shortstop Charles Leblanc has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Week, announced by the league Monday afternoon.

Leblanc led the Panther offense over the weekend with the most impressive numbers the team has seen in an ACC series thus far. The Laval, Quebec, native went 9-13 on the weekend with an outstanding nine RBIs, batting .692 in the three games.

Leblanc’s offensive surge led the Panthers to a 15-5 victory over nationally-ranked Clemson in game two of the series as the shortstop went 4-of-5 with six RBIs. For the weekend, Leblanc earned an on-base and slugging percentage of .692.

In addition, Leblanc posted similar numbers in the mid-week win over Kent State, going 2-of-4 with two runs scored and three RBI to bring his four-game average to an impressive .647 (11-of-17) with 12 RBI in four games.

On the season, Leblanc is hitting .436, earning the start in 23 games. He’s gone 41-of-94 with six doubles, one triple and one home run. He ranks third in the ACC in batting average and fifth in hits.

This is the first ACC weekly honor for Leblanc and the third of the season for the Panthers. Nick Yarnall was named the Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 26, following a five-home run performance at Grambling State, while Aaron Sandefur was named the Pitcher of the Week last week after a 12-strikeout outing against Boston College.

The Panthers return to the diamond on Tuesday as they travel to State College, Pa., for a mid-week battle with the Nittany Lions. Pitt returns home this weekend to face ACC foe Georgia Tech in a three-game series at Charles L. Cost Field. Games one and two of that series will be aired live on ESPN3.

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