TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore Tyler Holton was named a second team All-American by Baseball America Thursday morning, the organization announced. Holton has previously been named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and a First Team All-ACC selection. Holton, from Tallahassee, is 10-2 with a 2.22 earned run average in 16 starts this season.
Holton’s 132 strikeouts are the 13th-most in FSU single-season history, and the most since Mike Ziegler’s 149 in 2000. Holton ranks in the top 10 nationally in walks and hits per inning pitched (fifth, 0.84), strikeouts, hits allowed per nine innings (eighth, 5.38) and wins.
Holton leads the ACC in wins and strikeouts, and leads an FSU staff that has 594 strikeouts this season, third-most in the country and the team’s most since 2000 (631).
Five times in 2017 Holton was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, tying Mike Rogers of NC State in 2004 for the most times honored in one season. Holton was at his best against ranked opponents this season, allowing just seven earned runs in 53.1 innings (1.18 ERA) in seven opportunities.
Holton’s last four starts have come against ranked foes, including games against No. 5 Louisville in the ACC Tournament and No. 23 UCF in the NCAA Regional. Holton allowed just one earned run in the postseason, while striking out 23 in 17 innings.
Holton is the first Seminole to have six games of 10 or more strikeouts in a season since Jonathan Johnson in 1995.
Against No. 20 Wake Forest, Holton did not allow a runner to reach second base. Against No. 8 North Carolina, Holton did not allow a hit, getting pulled after seven innings. In the elimination game against UCF on Saturday, Holton tied his career high with 13 strikeouts in FSU’s 6-1 win.
He is FSU’s first All-American starting pitcher since Luke Weaver was a third team selection by Collegiate Baseball in 2014.
As a freshman, Holton was named a second team Freshman All-American as a utility player by Baseball America and D1Baseball.com.
On Tuesday, Collegiate Baseball also named Drew Mendoza a Freshman All-American.
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