Sept. 14, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Major League Baseball heads for the home stretch in the final weeks of 2009, the college season is just getting underway in Tallahassee. Florida State officially starts its fall baseball season on Tuesday afternoon inside Dick Howser Stadium on Mike Martin Field.
The Seminoles return 18 letterwinners from last year’s squad that advanced to the Super Regionals and played for the ACC Championship. Among this year’s returnees are All-American’s Stephen Cardullo (Senior/Coral Springs, FL), Tyler Holt (Junior/Gainesville, FL), Mike McGee (Junior/Port St. Lucie, FL) and NCBWA Freshman of the Year Sean Gilmartin (Sophomore/Moorpark, CA).
Holt is coming off a sophomore campaign 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 was also the recipient of the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award after finishing the season with a .993 fielding percentage as he committed just one error in 142 fielding opportunities.
McGee had a very productive sophomore campaign as a 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 Seminoles welcome 16 newcomers for the 2009-10 season including 11 freshmen and five junior college transfers.
The fall scrimmages will be held over two days beginning Thursday, October 22 with the upperclassman pitchers throwing on day one. The annual Garnet and Gold Scrimmage will take place on Friday, October 23. First-year pitchers will take the mound on Friday. Admission to both scrimmages is free to the public. Start times for both scrimmage dates will be announced at a later date. Fans are encouraged to check back with Seminoles.com throughout the fall for updates on Seminole Baseball.