April 25, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State junior pitcher Sean Gilmartin’s impressive performance against Duke is not going unnoticed.
Gilmartin (7-1, 1.38 ERA) earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors after recording a career-high 13 strikeouts and limiting the Blue Devils to three hits over eight innings in Friday’s 2-1 victory.
In addition to picking up his second ACC honor of the season, Gilmartin, was also named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball. It was his 28th career victory, tying him for tops among active ACC pitchers and leaving him one win shy of 10th place in Seminole history.
The Moorpark, Calif., native was incredibly efficient, needing only 97 pitches – 70 strikes – to hold the Blue Devils in check. He did not issue a walk and only one batter took Gilmartin to a three-ball count in eight innings. Mixing sliders and change-ups, the left-hander grew stronger as the game went on -striking out the side in the seventh and eighth to eclipse his previous career-high of 11 strikeouts over the course of 43 career starts.
Opponents are batting just .175 this season against Gilmartin, who has struck out 81 and issued only 10 walks in 72 innings this season for the Atlantic Division leaders.
At his current pace, FSU’s third-year, staff ace is in line to shatter the record for the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.10) in school history. Jeff Hill (`1969) holds the mark at 6.00. Gilmartin could also become the first starter to finish a season with an ERA under 2.00 with more than 101 innings since Jonathan Johnson (1.68, ’93). He needs one win to tie former No. 1 overall Major League Draft pick Paul Wilson for 10th place on the Seminoles all-time victories list.
Florida State made significant jumps in three national polls after completing a 5-0 week. The Seminoles check in at No. 8 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll (up from 11), No. 9 in Baseball America’s Top 25 (from 10) and No. 12 in Collegiate Baseball (from 18).
Gilmartin and the Seminoles (31-10, 14-7), who lead the ACC Atlantic Division by three games, are idle this week during final examinations, but return to action Friday night at Miami.