June 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s James Ramsey highlights this year’s postseason accolades as three national publications announced their All-America teams during the College World Series including the America Baseball Coaches Association, Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Ramsey was named a first team All-American by all three publications, while adding first team honors from Collegiate Baseball earlier in the year, to become the ninth consensus All-American in school history and the first since Buster Posey in 2008.
Robert Benincasa garnered first team honors from Baseball America and the NCBWA, while Jayce Boyd earned first team accolades from the ABCA and second team honors from the NCBWA. Mike Compton was honored as a first team Freshman All-American by the NCBWA.
Ramsey, who was named an All-ACC first team honoree for the second year in a row, became the fifth Seminole in school history to garner ACC Player of the Year accolades in 2012. The senior captain was also honored as the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner in baseball.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in 10 offensive categories while leading in batting average (.378), runs scored (78), total bases (152), on-base percentage (.513) and slugging percentage (.652). He was the only player in the country to rank in the top 10 in on-base percentage, runs per game, runs and walks. A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, Ramsey concluded his senior season hitting a career-best .378 with 13 doubles, six triples and 13 home runs. He started all 67 games in centerfield for the Seminoles in 2012 and posted a .994 fielding percentage in 160 chances.
A finalist for Stopper of the Year, Benincasa thrived as the Seminole closer in 2012. The junior right hander finished the year with a 4-2 record, 16 saves and a 1.32 ERA in 32 appearances. Benincasa allowed just eight runs, six earned, in 41.0 innings of work. He gave up 24 hits while holding opponents to a .163 batting average. Benincasa posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.3 as he has tallied 58 strikeouts to just seven walks on the year. Benincasa, who was also named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, converted 16 of 19 save situations this season as he ranked second in the ACC and sixth nationally in saves. His 16 saves were the second most recorded in a single-season in school history and tied for sixth on the career saves list at Florida State.
Boyd finished his junior campaign as the ACC leader with 96 hits. He also ranked in the top 10 in the league in batting average (.376), doubles (21), RBI (61) total bases (129) and on-base percentage (.452). An All-ACC first team first baseman in 2012, the Cantonment, Fla., native also hit an ACC-best .381 against league opponents in 30 games this year. Boyd turned in a solid defensive performance at first base all season long finishing the season with a .988 fielding percentage. Boyd was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
Compton turned in one of the finest seasons by a freshman pitcher in school history finishing the year with a 12-2 record and a 2.87 ERA in 18 starts. The right hander led all freshmen nationally with 12 wins while he finished the year tied for second overall. Compton tied the school record for wins by a freshman as he joined Sean Gilmartin (2009), Ray Revak (1984) and Doug Little (1983). The Branson, Mo., native allowed two earned runs or less in 16 of his 18 starts, while yielding no runs three times. He worked 5.0 or more innings 14 times this year, while posting career-highs in innings pitched (7.2) and strikeouts (8) against Virginia Tech. Compton, who was named to the All-ACC second team this year, led the Seminoles to a win over Stony Brook in the College World Series.
Boyd, Ramsey and Benincasa were also named to the ABCA All-Atlantic Region team. Boyd and Ramsey picked up first team honors, while Benincasa earned second team accolades.