July 28, 2008
Greensboro, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John D. Swofford announced Friday, July 28, the honorees for this year’s All-ACC Academic Baseball Team. Florida State and Duke led all schools with six student-athletes honored on this year’s team. This marks the second consecutive year that the Seminoles have led the conference in this category. The six honorees include Matt Fairel, Tommy Oravetz, Buster Posey, Jack Rye, Ryan Strauss and Stuart Tapley. Oravetz, Posey, Rye and Strauss are repeat honorees while Posey was named to the academic team in each of his first three seasons at Florida State.
Posey was also named the ACC Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year. The junior Finance major was the recipient of the 2008 Academic All-American of the Year, presented by CoSIDA in conjunction with ESPN the Magazine. Posey is a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, a five-time Dean’s List Student and was named to the President’s List at FSU during the spring of his sophomore year.
On the diamond, Posey finished the season as the national leader in six offensive categories including batting average, hits, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. The Leesburg, Ga., native became just the fourth student-athlete in Atlantic Coast Conference history to capture baseball’s version of the triple crown as he finished the season leading the league in batting average (.463), home runs (26) and RBI (93). Posey made a sweep of national player of the year honors, winning the Dick Howser Trophy, the Johnny Bench Award, the Brooks Wallace Award and the Golden Spikes Award.
“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 finish atop the ACC in the academic award for the second year in a row 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.”
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.
Oravetz had his finest season in 2008 appearing in 64 games for the Seminoles while making 41 starts. He posted career-highs in every offensive category including average (.361), hits (61), runs (37), doubles (14), triples (3), home runs (4) and RBI (32). Oravetz, who is majoring in Geography, is a three-time member of the Dean’s List at FSU. He becomes one of six Seminole student-athletes to be named a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic team.
After missing the first five games of the season due to a broken thumb, Rye finished the year ranked seventh in the ACC in batting with a .371 average. He collected 86 hits while driving in 52 runs. The senior from Irvine, Calif., went on to post 15 doubles and seven home runs. Rye graduated this past spring with a degree in Real Estate while he was named to the President’s List in his final semester. He is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and one of six Seminole student-athletes to be named a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic team.
Strauss went 10-1 with a 4.31 ERA in 24 appearances including nine starts for the Seminoles in 2008. The senior right hander registered four saves in 85.2 innings of work in his final year. He became the first pitcher since Matt Lynch in 2002 and 2003 to post back-to-back 10 or more win seasons. The Tampa, Fla., native graduated this past spring with a degree in Finance. Strauss is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll while receiving Dean’s List honors in the fall of 2007. He is one of six Seminole student-athletes to be named a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic team.
Tapley started 54 games at third base in 2008 and 57 games overall. The Orlando, Fla., native finished second on the team with a .383 average collecting 75 hits in 196 at-bats. He posted 15 doubles, eight home runs and a triple to go along with 40 RBI. He ranked in the top 12 in the ACC in three offensive categories including batting average (5th), on-base percentage (7th) and slugging percentage (11th), while his eight home runs finished in a tie for fourth on the team. The freshman third baseman is pursuing a degree in Business.
Fairel was named a second team All-American by the NCBWA in 2008. In his first season as a starter, the sophomore southpaw went 12-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 18 starts. He eclipsed the 100 inning mark finishing the year with a team-high 111.2 innings pitched. He also led the team with 100 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .251 average. Fairel, who is majoring in Business, was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll as a freshman.
Following Florida State and Duke’s six selections on this year’s All-ACC Academic Team was Maryland with five honorees. Clemson, Virginia and Wake Forest landed four student-athletes, while Georgia Tech and NC State each received three. Rounding out the 43-member academic squad was Boston College, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech with two student-athletes a piece.
Since the inception of the All-ACC Academic Baseball Team in 2006, Florida State leads all schools with 19 honorees.