June 2, 2011
By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In the midst of authoring one of the finest seasons on the mound in Florida State baseball history, junior left-hander Sean Gilmartin’s efforts have not been overlooked.
On the eve of NCAA Regional play, Gilmartin earned the first of what is expected to be many national honors when he was selected first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
“All Seminoles are proud of what Sean Gilmartin has accomplished,” FSU coach Mike Martin said. “Certainly that is a very deserving award.”
The honor comes on the heels of Gilmartin being selected as one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the nation’s top amateur player by USA Baseball.
Gilmartin has been nothing less than sensational on the mound for the Seminoles, who open regional play as the nation’s No. 5 seed overall, against Bethune-Cookman Thursday at Dick Howser Stadium (6 p.m.). One of six starting pitchers selected first-team, the Moorpark, Cal. native has compiled an 11-1 record with a 1.52 ERA, registering 116 strikeouts against just 18 walks over 106.3 innings. Opponents are batting a paltry .193 against him.
He currently ranks sixth nationally in wins, ninth in ERA and 10th in strikeouts.
Florida State has not had a pitcher with more than 100 innings in a season post an ERA under 2.00 since Jonathan Johnson (1.68, 1993). Gilmartin’s 6.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio is also ahead of the single-season school record set by Jeff Hill (6.00) in 1969.
The only first-team pitcher who did not earn Pitcher of the Year honors from their respective conferences, Gilmartin is one of three ACC players on the first team – leading all conferences – including Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen and Clemson shortstop Brad Miller.
“In looking back over my time here at Florida State he is definitely right up there with the great ones that have been a No. 1 [starter] for two years,” Martin said. “What separates him from the rest of them is he has been a No. 1 for the last three years.”
Not surprisingly, Gilmartin has spent the year climbing up the FSU career lists. He will make his 49th career start on Saturday, which ranks eighth all-time, while his 32 victories and 307 strikeouts are eighth and ninth, respectively. Gilmartin has tuned in 15 consecutive quality starts (minimum 6 IP, 3 ER or less), which dates to the 2010 College World Series and is tied for the second-longest streak nationally.
A first-team All-ACC selection, he was named ACC Pitcher of the Week three times this season, which is tied for the most by any player.
Beyond the All-American honors, Gilmartin is positioned to add his name to the distinguished list of Seminoles who have won the Golden Spikes Award. Florida State has produced four winners of the award – Mike Fuentes, Mike Loynd, J.D. Drew and Buster Poster – more than any other program in the nation.
Florida State plans can play a part in getting Gilmartin to the round of finalists by voting for him at www.GoldenSpikesAward.com on the ballot. The deadline for the fan vote is 5 p.m. Friday, June 3.