May 8, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – CoSIDA, in conjunction with ESPN the Magazine, announced the Academic District III winners of the University Division on Thursday, May 8. Florida State garnered two representatives on this year’s District III team as Buster Posey and Matt Fairel each received first team honors. After being named to the All-District first team, both Seminole student-athletes will now be in the running for national Academic All-America honors.
Posey currently leads the ACC in six offensive categories including batting average (.454), hits (83), runs scored (62), total bases (148), on-base percentage (.554) and slugging percentage (.809), while ranking in the top 10 in five others. The Leesburg, Ga., native has also had a stellar season on the defensive end posting a .981 fielding percentage with 46 starts behind the plate. He is throwing out 42.0 percent of would be base stealers on the year while registering six pick offs. The junior right hander has also made six appearances on the mound and is a perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities. Posey has struck out six batters and has not allowed a run to score in 5.2 innings of work.
In the classroom, the junior catcher is a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and has been named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2006 and 2007. Posey is pursuing a degree in finance and received the highest honor possible during the spring of his sophomore year as he was named to the President’s List after earning a 4.0 GPA. He has also earned Dean’s List distinction twice in his academic career.
In his first season as a starter, Fairel has made 11 starts and is 8-1 with a 2.92 ERA. He is tied for the league lead in wins while ranking second in innings pitched (71.0) and eighth in ERA. The sophomore southpaw was named ACC Pitcher of the Week after throwing eight dominating innings against Georgia Tech in an 11-2 Florida State victory. He set career-highs in innings pitched (8) and strikeouts (9) in the win over the Yellow Jackets. A native of Winter Haven, Fla., Fairel has worked past the fifth inning in every start this year and has given up two earned runs or less in eight of those starts.
Fairel, a business major, was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll during the 2006-07 season.