Dec. 27, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles will begin the 2008 season ranked No. 12 according to Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s Fabulous 40 preseason NCAA Division I baseball poll. The Seminoles return 14 letterwinners, including five position starters and five pitchers, from last year’s squad that captured their first ACC Atlantic Division title following a 49-13 finish.
The Garnet and Gold were ranked in all four preseason polls a season ago including a high of No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball. The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll in the nation. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.
The Seminoles will also feature a pair of preseason All-Americans in junior Buster Posey and senior Jack Rye as announced by Collegiate Baseball. Posey was named a first team catcher while Rye earned second team honors as an outfielder.
Posey, a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award a season ago, is coming off a spectacular sophomore campaign which featured first-team All-America and All-ACC accolades in his first year as a catcher. The Leesburg, Ga., native started all 62 games from behind the plate for the Seminoles in 2007 posting a .994 fielding percentage, committing just three errors in 478 total chances. He also kept opposing runners at bay a year ago throwing out 40.9 percent of attempted base stealers.
Last year, Posey ranked fifth in the ACC in hitting (.382), second in doubles (21), third in hits (94) and RBI (65) and fourth in runs scored with 66. He registered a hit in 51 of 62 games, while recording multi-hits in 32 games. His 65 RBI’s led the team and surpassed his RBI total of 48 as a freshman. Posey successfully advanced runners 101 times out of 171 opportunities at the plate, good for the second highest rating on the team.
Rye is coming off one of his finest seasons in a Seminole uniform where he posted career-highs in batting average, at-bats, hits, RBI and fielding percentage. As a junior, Rye ranked third on the team with a .372 average collecting 87 hits in 234 at-bats. He hit 12 doubles and 10 home runs while driving in 61 runs en route to earning first-team All-ACC honors. Rye also tied his career-high with six stolen bases last year.
The Irvine, Calif., native was also impressive out on the field as he started 61 games in right field posting a career-high fielding percentage of .991. Rye committed just one error in 117 chances while recording two outfield assists.
Florida State will open the 2008 campaign on Friday, February 22 as they host Duquesne in the first of a three-game set on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.