DURHAM, N.C. – After guiding the Duke baseball team to its first winning record in conference play since 1994, three Blue Devils – Jordan Betts, Aaron Cohn and Chris Marconcini – garnered All-ACC honors as announced by the league Monday.
Betts and Marconcini appeared on the second team while Cohn collected a third team citation. The honor is the second for Betts, and the first career all-league accolades for both Cohn and Marconcini. Duke’s three All-ACC selections are the team’s most since the Blue Devils placed three on all-league teams in 2009, also the last year Duke appeared in the ACC Tournament.
A senior third baseman from Wilmington, N.C., Betts has been a consistent presence in the Duke lineup his entire career, starting 214 games. He also earned second team All-ACC honors in 2013, and is the first Blue Devil to grab back-to-back All-ACC honors since Vaughn Schill in 1998 and 1999. Betts’ senior campaign has been nothing short of outstanding as he’s posted career highs in batting average (.317), slugging percentage (.508) and on base percentage (.404). He leads the Blue Devils with 18 multi-hit games, including six with three or more hits. Heading into the ACC Tournament, Betts leads all active ACC players with 68 career doubles, including a team-best 19 this season. He is one of two players to total 65 or more doubles in a career, joining fellow third baseman and two-time All-ACC honoree Jeff Becker (74) in that distinction.
Redshirt junior outfielder Marconcini picked up his first all-league honor after posting yet another impressive campaign with the Blue Devils. The Brentwood, Tenn., native ranks second in the ACC in home runs (8), eighth in triples (3), sixth in RBI (45) and 19th in slugging percentage (.447). He’s hit eight home runs in back-to-back seasons and is one of 16 Blue Devils to total 20 or more home runs in a career. Marconcini also added a career-best 45 RBI this season and has totaled 38 or more RBI in each of his three active seasons at Duke. With 122 career RBI, he is the 25th player in Duke history to surpass the 120 career RBI plateau.
Cohn, a redshirt junior first baseman from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has enjoyed a breakout season in 2014. After battling injuries through much of his career, Cohn has started 47 games this season, posting career highs in almost every offensive category. In addition, his 17 doubles ranks second on the team and sixth in the ACC. Cohn has started 34 games at first base this season, committing just two errors on 344 chances for a .994 fielding percentage.
Duke (32-23, 16-14 ACC) travels to Greensboro, N.C., for the ACC Tournament held at NewBridge Bank Park May 20-25. The Blue Devils are set to face Clemson Wednesday at 11 a.m., the winner of Georgia Tech and Wake Forest Thursday at 3 p.m., and Miami Saturday at 11 a.m. in pool play action.