July 5, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. – Florida State’s freshmen duo of Brandon Leibrandt and Mike Compton were honored as Freshman All-Americans as announced by Baseball America on Wednesday, July 4. Leibrandt was named to the first team, while Compton earned a spot on the second team.
Both Seminole hurlers pitched in the weekend rotation all season and combined for 20 of Florida State’s 50 wins this past year.
Leibrandt got the nod as the Seminoles’ opening day starter and pitched in the Friday night spot all season long. He made Florida State history back on February 17 as the first freshman to start an opening day game in the program’s 65-year history.
The freshman southpaw finished the season with an 8-3 record and a 2.82 ERA. His best performance of the season came against Samford in the Tallahassee Regional where he worked 8.0 shutout innings and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts. Leibrandt was honored for his performance as he was named to the Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament team.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native concluded his freshman campaign leading the team in innings pitched (99.0) and strikeouts (83), while holding opponents to a .243 batting average in 19 starts. He finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in wins (t-4th), innings pitched (t-4th) and strikeouts (t-9th). Leibrandt worked 5.0 or more innings in 14 starts this year and did not allow a run five times. Florida State was 14-5 in games that Leibrandt started.
All Compton did in his first season in Tallahassee was go 12-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 18 starts. The right hander led all freshmen nationally with 12 wins and was tied for second overall. He was the first pitcher to reach 10 wins in the ACC in 2012 and finished the year as the only pitcher in the league to record double-digit victories. The 12 wins by Compton tied the school record for victories by a freshman pitcher. He shares the record with Sean Gilmartin (2009), Ray Revak (1984) and Doug Little (1983).
The Branson, Mo., native allowed two earned runs or less in 16 of his 18 starts, while yielding no runs three times. He worked 5.0 or more innings 14 times in 2012, while posting career-highs in innings pitched (7.2) and strikeouts (8) against Virginia Tech.
Compton, who was named to the All-ACC second team this year, earned the win against Samford in the Tallahassee Regional championship game as he went 6.0 innings allowing just two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out five. He was also the pitcher of record in an elimination game against Stony Brook in the College World Series allowing just two runs on six hits in 6.0 innings in a 12-2 victory for Florida State.
The two Seminole pitchers were honored as Freshman All-American’s by Collegiate Baseball newspaper back in June.