|O'Grady and Helgeson Earn First Team All-State Honors|
BLACKSBURG, Va. - George Mason senior designated hitter Zack Helgeson and junior relief pitcher Chris O'Grady earned Virginia Sports Information Director (VaSID) First Team All-State honors, as announced by the group on Wednesday afternoon.
It was the first all-state recognition for both players. Virginia's Stephen Bruno was named the Player of the Year, Radford's Eddie Butler and William and Mary's Matt Davenport shared Pitcher of the Year honors, Virginia Tech's Mark Zagunis took home Rookie of the Year accolades and Virginia's Head Coach Brian O'Connor was tabbed as the Coach of the Year.
O'Grady has received several postseason honors this year, including NCBWA All-America Third Team, ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-East Region and First Team All-CAA in addition to being named to the NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy and Stopper of the Year Semifinalist lists. During his junior season, O'Grady tied a school single-season record with 14 saves. He went 2-0 with a 1.22 ERA, striking out 51 and limiting opposing hitters to a .163 batting average over 37 innings of work. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 10th round, becoming the second-highest drafted player in program history.
joined O'Grady as an ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-East Region honoree, in
addition to earning Third Team All-CAA accolades this season. Helgeson was one
of just two Patriots to start all 57 games and finished the season
leading the team in slugging percentage (.605), on-base percentage (.438),
RBI's (51),doubles (17), home runs (15), total bases (121) and walks (38),
while standing second in runs scored (38) and third in hits (59).