Butler and McDonough receive pair of playoff awards

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North Carolina State Baseball Jonny butler and Tyler mcdonough were honored by ABCA / Rawlings and NCBWA with a pair of playoff awards, announced Wednesday.

Butler won NCBWA Second Team All-America honors in addition to ABCA / Rawlings First Team All-Region honors. As an All-Region First Team winner, Butler is eligible for All-America consideration. Butler was one of the hottest hitters in the country throughout the 2021 season, ending the regular season with a best batting average of 0.406 and 11 consecutive multi-stroke games. He also hit .393 in conference action, which is the highest clip among any ACC player.

Thanks to the NCAA Super Regionals, Butler ranks third on the team with 13 home runs, including nine since April 25. He has started 49 games this season in the outfield, missing four due to COVID-19 protocols, and leads the team with 22 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI outings.

Butler was an All-ACC first-team winner earlier this season, with the All-America mention being his first award from a national publication.

McDonough was named ABCA / Rawlings Second Team All-Region after an exceptional season in which he proved to be one of the ACC’s most consistent hitters. He held a 53-game streak in a row until May 11, which stretched back to the start of the 2020 season, and has safely reached 57 of 59 games this year.

In the regular season, McDonough was among the ACC’s top 10 in batting average (.341), doubles (15), homers (13) and stroke percentage (.654). During his career, he spent the majority of his time in the outfield and made only one mistake at this position in 130 starts (131 games played).

McDonough was named the All-ACC second team earlier this year, and it is the fourth national award he has received in his career. In 2019, he won Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game and Baseball America.

Butler and McDonough were pivotal in the NC State playoffs and will look to continue contributing as the team opens the action at the 2021 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., This weekend. The Wolfpack will face Stanford on June 19 at 2 p.m. ET at TD Ameritrade Park.

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