May 9, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State senior Mike McGee has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week, while Seminole junior Sean Gilmartin claimed ACC Pitcher of the Week honors.
McGee and Gilmartin paced the sixth-ranked Seminoles to a 3-1 week against Top 50 RPI opponents Jacksonville (on the road) and UCF (home).
McGee led the `Noles in virtually every offensive category – batting (.529), hits (9), RBI (7) and total bases (16) – while contributing a pair of homers and capping the weekend by taking the mound and pitching seven innings of one-hit baseball in Sunday’s 6-1 win over UCF. McGee, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., took over the team batting lead (.353) and grabbed sole possession of fifth place on Florida State’s career home run list with 51. It is McGee’s second ACC honor of the season.
Gilmartin, named ACC Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season, turned in his 12th consecutive quality start in Friday night’s series against UCF, limiting the Knights to three hits over seven innings, with 11 strikeouts and just one walk in FSU’s 8-0 win. He improved to 8-1 on the year and has now contributed to three of the Seminoles’ six shutouts on the season. UCF came into the game hitting .309 but batted just .125 against the Moorpark, Calif., left-hander, who lowered his ACC-leading opponents’ batting average to .175.
Seminoles climb in polls
A 3-1 week against a pair of Top 50 RPI opponents have led Florida State to a consensus Top 10 spot in five college baseball polls this week.
The Seminoles are ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week and climbed one spot to No. 6 in the Perfect Game Top 25. FSU checks in at No. 7 in both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and the Baseball America Top 25, moving up one spot and ahead of rival Florida.
Collegiate Baseball bumped Mike Martin’s team to No. 10, up one spot from a week ago.
Another big non-conference game
FSU travels to Stetson Tuesday for another pivotal non-conference date against the A-Sun Conference leaders, who are ranked in the top 15 nationally and boast a healthy RPI; a critical factor in determining the top eight NCAA postseason seeds.
While the official NCAA RPI rankings are not posted until late Tuesday, FSU checks in at No. 6 according to Boyd’s World Pseudo RPI and No. 7 according to Warren Nolan.com. The host Hatters hold RPI rankings of Nos. 12 and 13, respectively, from the two publications.
Right-hander Robert Benincasa (1-0, 2.41) will get the start on the mound for the Seminoles in DeLand, his first of the season. Stetson will counter with right-hander Robbie Powell (5-1, 2.23), who is also making his first start of the year. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.