July 9, 2007
Greensboro, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John D. Swofford announced Monday, July 9, the honorees for this year’s All-ACC Academic Team. Florida State led the league with a school record seven student-athletes on this year’s team including seniors Travis Anderson, Bryan Henry and Michael Hyde, juniors Mark Gildea and Mark Hallberg and sophomores Tommy Oravetz and Buster Posey. Henry, Hyde and Posey are repeat honorees as the trio of Seminoles made the inaugural team a season ago.
“I am very proud of our Seminole student-athletes,” said head coach Mike Martin. “It was a good year for Florida State baseball in more ways than one. To lead the ACC with seven student-athletes is a great accomplishment and a true testament to how hard our student-athletes are working in the classroom as well as on the field. This academic achievement makes all of us at Florida State very proud.
“I would also like to tip my hat to Amy Lord and Mark Meleney in Academic Support for the outstanding job they do in facilitating the academic success of our student-athletes,” stated Martin.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
Henry, the ACC Pitcher of the Year in 2007, finished the regular season with a 14-2 record and an ERA of 2.60. He tied for the national lead in wins (14) while ranking 22nd with 117 strikeouts. The Tallahassee, Fla., native finished his Seminole career eighth all-time in wins (32), eighth in career starts (47) and tenth in career ERA (2.60). Henry garnered All-America distinction from five organizations this season including first-team honors from Collegiate Baseball and the ABCA. He will graduate with a degree in Sport Management.
After starting the season with eight straight victories, Hyde compiled a 10-2 record during his senior campaign and finished second among starters with a 3.35 ERA. The right hander from Tallahassee, Fla., posted a career-high 10 strikeouts in his season opener against Tennessee. Hyde will earn his degree in Communication Studies.
Anderson started 22 games for the Seminoles in 2007 including 21 as the designated hitter. The senior from Bristol, Fla., hit .281 with 25 hits in 89 at-bats. Graduating with a degree in Sport Management, Anderson closed out his senior season posting a .483 slugging percentage as he belted seven doubles and three home runs.
As a transfer from Illinois-Chicago, Hallberg was named to the All-ACC first team as well as earning third team All-America accolades by the ABCA as a junior in his first year with FSU. Hallberg played all 62 games at shortstop where he posted a fielding percentage of .975. He finished sixth on the team with a .360 batting average and led the squad with 17 total sacrifices tying him for the third most sacrifices in a single season at Florida State. Hallberg is majoring in Physical Education.
Gildea earns his first nod on the All-ACC Academic team as the junior is working towards a degree in Business Finance. He started the final 28 games in center field for the Seminoles en route to hitting .362 in 58 total games. The Tampa, Fla., native was named to the All-ACC second team in 2007 as he led Florida State with a .388 average during league play.
Posey, a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, started every game from behind the plate in 2007. The sophomore catcher was named an All-American by three different publications earning first-team accolades from Collegiate Baseball. He was also named to the All-ACC first team as he ranked fourth in the league in hitting (.382) and sat in the top 10 in five other offensive categories. After making the transition from shortstop to catcher during the off season, Posey led all Seminole starters in fielding percentage (.994) while throwing out a league-high 40.9% of attempted base stealers.
Oravetz saw action in 51 games this past season starting nine as the Seminole designated hitter. The sophomore from Tallahassee, Fla., batted .297 and was FSU’s best hitter off the bench leading the team in pinch hits. Oravetz, who is majoring in Geography, hit his first collegiate home run in a road contest at Duke. He finished the season with 17 RBI’s and was third on the team in hit by pitches with eight.
Following Florida State’s seven selections on this year’s All-ACC Academic Team was Virginia Tech and Wake Forest with five honorees each. Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia landed four picks, while Clemson, Maryland and NC State each received three. Rounding out the 40-member academic squad was Boston College and Miami with one student-athlete a piece.
A season ago Florida State was second in the league with six honorees on the inaugural academic team.