Feb. 25, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Freshman Mike McGee was honored for his outstanding performance both at the plate and on the mound this past weekend as he was named Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week. McGee shared the honor with North Carolina’s Dustin Ackley in the first weekly conference award of the 2008 season.
McGee had an impressive weekend in his Seminole debut as he led the team in hitting with a .727 average collecting eight hits in 11 official at-bats. He made three starts, two in left field while becoming the first pitcher this decade in Florida State history to start a game on the mound and take a spot in the Seminole batting order.
The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native went 5-for-7 on opening day as FSU swept the doubleheader on Saturday against Duquesne. In game two, McGee recorded hits in his first three at-bats collecting an infield single, a two-run homer in the third and an RBI triple in the fourth.
On Sunday, McGee got the start on the mound and hit seventh in the Seminole lineup. He worked five plus innings allowing three runs on two hits. McGee faced just two batters over the minimum through the first five innings as he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. At the plate, McGee reached base on his first three at-bats with a pair of singles to left and a base-on-ball. He just missed hitting his second home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh when his hit to left bounced off the top of the fence and fell back into the playing field. McGee earned a double on the play driving in a pair of runs.
The freshman left fielder finished the weekend with eight hits on a double, triple and home run, while scoring three runs and driving in six. He would lead the the team in both slugging percentage (1.273) and on-base percentage (.769) as FSU completed the three-game sweep of Duquesne.
It’s the second year in a row that a Seminole freshman was named ACC Player of the Week as Jason Stidham won the award for his performance against Georgia Tech a season ago.
The Seminoles return to the diamond this Tuesday as they travel to Clearwater, Fla. to take on the Philadelphia Phillies in an exhibition game at 7:05 pm. Florida State will then hit the road for two games as they face Auburn on Thursday and Friday before returning home to play the Tigers for two more games on Saturday and Sunday.