Dec. 27, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – The 2010 Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American baseball teams, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features a who’s who of NCAA Division I baseball players.
Four Seminoles were named to year’s team with at least one Florida State player selected to all three teams including two on the third team. Junior Tyler Holt (OF) was named a first team All-American, while junior Mike McGee (OF) earned a spot on the second team. Sophomore Sean Gilmartin (LHP) and senior Stephen Cardullo (SS) were each selected to the third team.
Holt is coming off a sophomore season in which he led the team in hitting with a .401 average as he was one of just two Seminole student-athletes to start in all 63 games during the 2009 season. He collected 95 hits in 237 at-bats, recording 87 runs, 54 walks, 34 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .520, the seventh highest recorded in a single-season at Florida State. Holt finished the year leading the ACC in runs scored, stolen bases, walks and on-base percentage, while ranking in the top 10 in batting average (3rd), doubles (3rd) and hits (t-3rd).
McGee was a productive two-way player for the Seminoles in 2009. The outfielder/right handed pitcher finished the season second on the team in hitting with a .379 average, while leading the Garnet and Gold in home runs (19), RBI (78) and slugging percentage (.768). On the mound, McGee, went 6-2 with a 4.04 ERA in 15 appearances which included 13 starts. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native registered 72 strikeouts in 69.0 innings of work. He posted a career-high 12 strikeouts in the regular season finale against Grambling State and held opponents to a .248 batting average on the year.
Gilmartin put a stamp on a successful first season in Tallahassee as he was named an All-American and/or Freshman All-American by six different organizations or publications in 2009. He finished the season with a 12-3 record and a 3.49 ERA posting 83 strikeouts in 98 innings of work. The Moorpark, Calif., native made 15 starts and three relief appearances in 2009 while picking up one save. Gilmartin became the Seminoles’ Friday night starter just three weeks into the season and finished the year leading the ACC in wins and ranked in the top 10 in complete games (t-1st), opponents batting average (3rd), innings pitched (t-3rd) and ERA (8th).
After moving around the diamond finding playing time at three different positions a season ago, Cardullo found his home at shortstop where he made 45 of his 62 starts. In his first full season as a starter for the Seminoles, Cardullo finished the year hitting .376 with 20 doubles, 10 home runs and 51 RBI. The Coral Springs, Fla., native ranked second on the team in hits (89), runs (76) and stolen bases (20), while tying for the team lead in triples with three. He surpassed his career totals in every major offensive category in 2009. He put a stamp on his junior season when he tied the school record and set the NCAA postseason record with a seven-hit performance against Ohio State in the championship game of the Tallahassee Regional.
The 2010 baseball season begins Friday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m. with a three-game series on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium against Georgia State.