May 31, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – Florida State landed four student-athletes on the 2012 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams as announced on Thursday, May 31 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Senior captain James Ramsey was honored as a first team All-American becoming the seventh Seminole to earn the distinction since 2007. Jayce Boyd and Devon Travis earned a spot on the second team, while Robert Benincasa picked up third team accolades.
Florida State and Baylor led all schools with four All-Americans each, while the Seminoles were one of just two schools (Arizona) to place at least one student-athlete on each of the three teams. A total of 19 schools were represented with multiple selections on this year’s Louisville Slugger All-America teams.
Ramsey, who was named an All-ACC first team honoree for the second year in a row, became the fifth Seminole in school history to garner ACC Player of the Year accolades in 2012. He is the first Seminole to win the award since Buster Posey took home the individual honor in 2008. He becomes just the third Seminole outfielder to win the award joining J.D. Drew (1997) and John Ford-Griffin (2001).
The Alpharetta, Ga., native enters the NCAA Tournament ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in 10 offensive categories while leading in runs scored (69), total bases (134), on-base percentage (.515) and slugging percentage (.673). He is the only player in the country to rank in the top 10 in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs per game, runs and walks. A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award and a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Ramsey is currently hitting .382 with 10 doubles, six triples and 12 home runs. He has started all 58 games in centerfield for the Seminoles in 2012 and has posted a perfect fielding percentage in 134 chances.
Boyd heads into the NCAA Tournament leading all hitters in the ACC with a .395 average. He also leads the league with 87 hits, while ranking in the top 10 in doubles (20), RBI (55) total bases (116) and on-base percentage (.465). An All-ACC first team first baseman in 2012, the Cantonment, Fla., native also hit an ACC-best .381 against league opponents in 30 games this year. Boyd has played solid defensively at first base all season where he has posted a .986 fielding percentage.
Travis garnered second team honors at second base where he made 57 starts in 2012. The junior from Wellington, Fla., currently leads the Seminoles in doubles with 22 as he ranks tied for third in that category in the ACC. He ranks 12th nationally in doubles and 28th in double per game (0.38). Travis has hit in the No. 2 spot for the Seminoles where he has posted a .316 average with 73 hits, 53 runs, five home runs and 34 RBI. He finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in hits, runs scored and doubles. Travis has also played tremendous defense at second base this year posting a .972 fielding percentage committing just seven errors while helping turn 31 double plays.
Benincasa has thrived in his role as the Seminole closer in 2012 and has emerged as one of the top closers in the nation. The junior right hander is having a career year posting a 4-1 record with 13 saves and a 1.36 ERA in 27 appearances. Benincasa has allowed just seven runs, five earned, in 33.0 innings of work. He has given up just 20 hits and is holding opponents to a .168 batting average. Benincasa has posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9.4 as he has tallied 47 strikeouts to just five walks on the year. Benincasa, who has been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and added to the watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award, has converted 13 of 16 save situations this season as he ranks second in the ACC and 11th nationally in saves.