June 26, 2017 - by
Mendoza Named Second Team Freshman All-American

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite missing the first 26 games of the season due to various injuries, freshman Drew Mendoza was named a second team Freshman All-American by Baseball America, the publication announced Monday morning. Mendoza led all FSU freshmen with 10 home runs and 33 runs batted in, and his five postseason home runs were the most for the Seminoles this season.

Mendoza came through in the biggest moments for FSU this year, hitting a pair of home runs against No. 2 North Carolina in FSU’s 7-3 win in the ACC Championship Game and two more in the College World Series. The Minneola, Fla., native also hit a pair of home runs and had six RBI against Jacksonville on May 9, becoming the first FSU freshman with six RBI in a game since DJ Stewart in 2013.

Mendoza missed the first 26 games of the year and debuted against North Carolina on March 31. After going 0-10 against the Tar Heels, Mendoza went 6-for-12 at North Carolina State the following weekend, including his first career home run in the Sunday finale.

Mendoza previously earned Freshman All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament recognition, as well as Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball.

This is the second consecutive season that Florida State has had a Baseball America Freshman All-American. In 2016, Cal Raleigh (first team catcher) and Tyler Holton (second team utility) were both recognized.

Baseball America Freshman First Team All-Americans

C     Shae Langeliers, Baylor

1B    Andrew Vaugh, California

2B    Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M

3B    Josh Jung, Texas Tech

SS   Cam Shepherd, Georgia

OF   Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas

OF   Grant Little, Texas Tech

OF   Matt Wallner, Southern Mississippi

DH   Ashton McGee, North Carolina

UTL  Kevin Milarm, St. Mary’s

SP   Gianluca Dalatri, North Carolina

SP   Shane McClanahan, South Florida

SP   Sean Mooney, St. John’s

SP   Eric Walker, Louisiana State

RP   Josh Hiatt, North Carolina

RP   Kenyon Yovan, Oregon

Baseball America Freshman Second Team All-Americans

C     James Free, Pacific

1B    Drew Mendoza, Florida State

2B    Michael Massey, Illinois

3B    Nick Quintana, Arizona

SS   Logan Davidson, Clemson

OF   Spencer Brickhouse, East Carolina

OF   Carlos Cortes, South Carolina

OF   Zach Watson, Louisiana State

DH   Brad Debo, North Carolina State

UTL  Rylan Thomas, Central Florida

SP   Nick Bennett, Louisville

SP   Tyler Blohm, Maryland

SP   Nick Lodolo, Texas Christian

SP   Zach Thompson, Kentucky

RP   Jake Mulholland, Oregon State

RP   Riley Self, Mississippi State

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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