June 7, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – Florida State’s freshmen duo of Brandon Leibrandt and Mike Compton were honored as Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Wednesday, June 6.
Both Seminole hurlers have been in the weekend rotation since the start of the season and have combined for 18 of Florida State’s 46 wins this year.
Leibrandt got the nod as the Seminoles’ opening day starter and has pitched in the Friday night spot all season long. He made Florida State history back on February 17 as the first freshman to start an opening day game in the program’s 65-year history.
The freshman southpaw heads into the NCAA Super Regionals with a 7-2 record and a 2.65 ERA and is coming off his best performance of the season against Samford in the Tallahassee Regional where he worked 8.0 shutout innings while compiling a career-high 10 strikeouts. Leibrandt was honored for his performance as he was named to the Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament team.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native has registered 74 strikeouts in 88.1 innings of work while holding opponents to a .228 batting average in 16 starts. Leibrandt has worked 5.0 or more innings in 13 starts this year and did not allow a run five times. Florida State is 13-3 in games that Leibrandt starts.
All Compton has done in his first season in Tallahassee is go 11-2 with a 2.78 ERA in 16 starts. The right hander leads all freshmen nationally with 11 wins and is tied for fifth overall. He was the first pitcher to reach 10 wins in the ACC this year and heading into the Super Regionals he remains the only pitcher in the ACC with double-digit victories. The 11 wins by Compton are the most by an FSU freshman pitcher since Sean Gilmartin posted 12 in 2009.
The Branson, Mo., native has allowed two earned runs or less in 14 of his 16 starts, while yielding no runs three times. He has worked 5.0 or more innings 13 times this year, while posting career-high in innings pitched (7.2) and strikeouts (8) against Virginia Tech.
Compton, who was named to the All-ACC second team this year, earned the win against Samford in the Tallahassee Regional championship game as he went 6.0 innings allowing just two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out five.
Freshmen pitchers have combined for 21 of FSU’s 46 wins this year which stands as the second most combined wins by a freshmen class in Florida State history.
Leibrandt and Compton will be back on the mound for Florida State this weekend in the Tallahassee Super Regional as the Friday and Saturday night starters, respectively, against Stanford.