May 19, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State, the second seed in this week’s ACC Baseball Championship, placed a combined five student-athletes on this year’s All-ACC first and second teams as announced today by Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford. For the second year in a row and for the fifth time overall, a Seminole walked away with the league’s top honor as junior Buster Posey was named ACC Player of the Year. The league postseason awards are selected by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.
In what has been an outstanding season thus far for the junior catcher, Posey currently leads the league in seven statistical categories and is ranked in the top 10 in four others. The Leesburg, Ga., native leads the ACC in batting average (.471), hits (96), runs scored (75), runs batted in (68), total bases (175), on-base percentage (.571) and slugging percentage (.858). In addition, Posey is second in home runs (17), tied for fourth in doubles (20), tied for fifth in triples (4) and sixth in walks (45). He was just as impressive in league play as the right hander batted .479 in 30 games in leading the Seminoles to a 24-6 record.
Posey has also had a stellar season on the defensive end posting a .982 fielding percentage with 51 starts behind the plate. He is throwing out 41.7 percent of would be base stealers on the year while registering six pick offs. The right hander has also made eight appearances on the mound and is a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities. Posey has struck out 10 batters and has not allowed a run in 7.1 innings of work.
This marks the first time in school history that Florida State has captured ACC Player of the Year accolades in back-to-back seasons. Posey joins J.D. Drew (1997), Marshall McDougall (1999), John-Ford Griffin (2001) and Tony Thomas, Jr. (2007) as past Seminoles to be recognized as ACC Player of the Year.
Rye and Posey were the only two players to finish the regular season batting over .400 as the Rye hit .404 in 49 games. The Irvine, Calif., product collected 69 hits including 10 doubles and six home runs, while drawing 41 walks. He is currently second on the team in stolen bases with 11.
Villanueva went 6-2 during the regular season with a 3.10 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts with 79 and ranks second in innings pitched throwing 81.1 in 13 starts. The Miami, Fla., native threw a complete game victory over Maryland and has struck out at least eight batters in six of 13 games.
Earning All-ACC second team honors this year are Tony Delmonico and Matt Fairel. Delmonico, a transfer from Tennessee, started all 55 games during the regular season and ranks in the top 10 in three offensive categories. He is currently hitting .361 on the year while posting a .341 average during league play. In his first year as a starter, Fairel went 9-2 with a 3.28 ERA. He leads the team in innings pitched (82.1) and is second in strikeouts with 78. Fairel won his first eight decisions to start the season and threw into the fifth inning in all 13 starts.
Florida State will open the ACC Baseball Tournament on Wednesday, May 21 at 5:00 pm against Wake Forest.
Name, Cl., Position, School
Yonder Alonso, Jr., First Base, Miami
Tim Fedroff, So., Outfield, North Carolina
Jimmy Gillheeney, So., Relief Pitcher, NC State
Chris Hernandez, Fr., Starting Pitcher, Miami
Ryan Jackson, So., Shortstop, Miami
Greg Miclat, Jr., Shortstop, Virginia
D.J. Mitchell, Jr., Starting Pitcher, Clemson
Kyle Parker, Fr., DH/Utility, Clemson
Buster Posey, Jr., Catcher, Florida State
Jack Rye, Sr., Outfield, Florida State
Clayton Shunick, Jr., Starting Pitcher, NC State
Mark Sobolewski, So., Third Base, Miami
Blake Tekotte, Jr., Outfield, Miami
Elih Villanueva, Jr., Starting Pitcher, Florida State
Jemile Weeks, Jr., Second Base, Miami
Alex White, So., Starting Pitcher, North Carolina
Name, Cl., Position, School
Dustin Ackley, So., First Base, North Carolina
Charlie Blackmon, RS-Jr., Outfield, Georgia Tech
Tony Delmonico, Jr., Shortstop, Florida State
Derek Dietrich, Fr., Shortstop, Georgia Tech
David Duncan, Jr., Starting Pitcher, Georgia Tech
Eric Erickson, So., Starting Pitcher, Miami
Matt Fairel, So., Starting Pitcher, Florida State
Tim Federowicz, Jr., Catcher, North Carolina
Brad Feltes, Sr., Third Base, Georgia Tech
Carlos Gutierrez, RS-Jr., Relief Pitcher, Miami
Alex Hassan, So., DH/Utility, Duke
Marcus Jones, Jr., Outfield, NC State
Pat McAnaney, Sr., Starting Pitcher, Virginia
Matt Payne, Sr., Outfield, NC State
Kyle Seager, So., Second Base, North Carolina
Rob Wooten, Sr., Relief Pitcher, North Carolina
ACC Player of the Year – Buster Posey, Florida State
ACC Pitcher of the Year – Alex White, North Carolina
ACC Freshman of the Year – Chris Hernandez, Miami
ACC Coach of the Year – Jim Morris, Miami