Dec. 19, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State baseball team will open the 2012 season ranked among the nation’s best. The Seminoles are ranked No. 13 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s pre-season top 40.
Florida State returns 19 players from last year’s squad that advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Seminoles welcome back all four starting infielders in Jayce Boyd, Devon Travis, Justin Gonzalez and Sherman Johnson. James Ramsey and Seth Miller return as starters in the outfield for the Garnet & Gold, while Ramsey will be slotted as the Noles starting centerfielder in 2012. Seniors Hunter Scantling and Brian Busch will pace the Seminoles on the mound.
There will be plenty of new faces to become familiar with this spring as the Seminoles welcome 17 newcomers including 16 freshmen and one junior college transfer. This year’s incoming class, which was ranked 16th-nationally by Collegiate Baseball, is made up of seven pitchers including five left handers, two infielders, two outfielders, two catchers and four utility players.
Florida State opens the season with a three-game home stand against the Hofstra Pride beginning Friday, February 17. FSU will be challenged early in 2012 facing back-to-back ranked opponents in just the second week of the season as the Seminoles welcome Jacksonville (No. 38) and Florida International (No. 39) to Tallahassee.
Fourteen teams on this year’s schedule recorded 30 or more wins a season ago. Eleven schools earned a bid to participate in the 2011 NCAA Regional, while nine teams will open the 2012 campaign ranked in Collegiate Baseball’s pre-season top 40 including the top-ranked Florida Gators for three games.
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com throughout 2012 for continued updates on the Seminole Baseball team.