May 21, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Florida State, champions of the Atlantic Division in the ACC and seeded No. 1 overall in the upcoming conference baseball Championship in Greensboro, N.C., placed a league-best five student-athletes on this year’s All-ACC first and second teams as announced on Monday, May 21 by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
James 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 Player of the Year accolades. The senior captain is the first Seminole to win the award since Buster Posey took home the individual honor in 2008. He becomes just the third Seminole outfielder to win the award joining J.D. Drew (1997) and John Ford-Griffin (2001).
Jayce Boyd (1B), Devon Travis (2B) and Robert Benincasa (RP) joined Ramsey on the All-ACC first team as the Seminoles led all schools with four first-team honorees. Freshman right hander Mike Compton (SP) was named to the second team.
It marks the second year in a row in which the Seminoles were honored with four first-team honorees.
After leading Florida State to the top seed in the ACC Tournament for the ninth time in school history, Mike Martin was named the league’s Coach of the Year. It marks the seventh time Martin has claimed the league’s top coaching honor. Martin led the Seminoles to a 24-6 record in the ACC in 2012 tying the league mark for wins in a season. After being picked to finished second in the Atlantic Division in the ACC preseason poll, Martin led the Seminoles to a share of the division title for the sixth year in a row. In 33 years as head coach at Florida State, Martin has never endured a losing season in Tallahassee leading the Seminoles to at least 40 wins each year.
Ramsey finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in nine offensive categories while leading in runs scored (67), on-base percentage (.467) and slugging percentage (.538). The Alpharetta, Ga., native is the only player in the country to rank in the top 10 in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs per game, runs and walks. A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, Ramsey posted a .380 average with 10 doubles, six triples and 11 home runs. He started all 55 games in centerfield for the Seminoles in 2012 and posted a perfect fielding percentage in 129 chances.
Boyd closed out the regular season leading the league in average (.399) and hits (83). He also ranked among the league leaders in five other offensive categories including doubles, RBI, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The Cantonment, Fla., native also hit an ACC-best .381 against league opponents in 30 games this year. Boyd has played solid defensively at first base all season where he has posted a .986 fielding percentage.
Travis earned a nod on the first team for the second year in a row. The junior second baseman started all 55 games this year and hit .315 with 51 runs and 69 hits including 20 doubles and five home runs. Travis finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in hits, runs scored and doubles, while ranking 17th in average. The Wellington, Fla., native has played tremendous defense at second base this year posting a .975 fielding percentage committing just six errors while helping turn 30 double plays.
Benincasa has thrived in his new role as the Seminole closer in 2012 and has emerged as one of the top closers in the nation. The junior right hander has had a career year posting a 4-0 record with 13 saves and a 0.56 ERA in 26 appearances. Benincasa has allowed just four runs, two earned, in 32.0 innings of work. He has given up just 16 hits and is holding opponents to a .143 batting average. Benincasa has posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9.0 as he has tallied 45 strikeouts to just five walks on the year. Benincasa, who has been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and added to the watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award, has converted 13 of 15 save situations on the year as he ranks second in the league in saves.
Compton earned a spot on the second team after finishing the regular season with a 10-1 record and a 2.96 ERA in 14 starts. The Branson, Mo., native currently stands as the only 10-game winner in the ACC this year. Compton, along with teammate Brandon Leibrandt, was inserted in the weekend rotation at the start of the season and never left. The freshman right hander struck out 50 batters in 70.0 innings of work, while holding opponents to a .239 batting average. Compton worked at least 6.0 innings in six starts while allowing two earned runs or less in 12 of his 14 starts.
Florida State opens the 2012 ACC Baseball Championship on Wednesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. against eighth-seeded Georgia Tech.
Below is a complete list of the 2012 All-ACC honorees:
2012 All-ACC Accolades
Name, Cl., Position, School
Pete O’Brien, Sr., Catcher, Miami
Jayce Boyd, Jr., First Base, Florida State
Devon Travis, Jr., Second Base, Florida State **
Richie Shaffer, Jr., Third Base, Clemson **
Chris Diaz, Jr., Shortstop, NC State
James Ramsey, Sr., Outfield, Florida State **
Brandon Thomas, Jr., Outfield, Georgia Tech
Ryan Mathews, Sr., Outfield, NC State
Mac Williamson, Jr., Outfield, Wake Forest
Phil Pohl, Sr., DH/Utility, Clemson **
Marcus Stroman, Jr., Starting Pitcher, Duke
Buck Farmer, Jr., Starting Pitcher, Georgia Tech
Kent Emanuel, So., Starting Pitcher, North Carolina
Carlos Rodon, Fr., Starting Pitcher, NC State
Robert Benincasa, Jr., Relief Pitcher, Florida State
Michael Morin, Jr., Relief Pitcher, North Carolina
Name, Cl., Position, School
Jacob Stallings, Sr., Catcher, North Carolina
Mark Zagunis, Fr., Catcher, Virginia Tech
Jake Davies Sr., First Base, Georgia Tech **
Steve Wilkerson, So., Second Base, Clemson
Keith Werman, Sr., Second Base, Virginia
Trea Turner, Fr., Third Base, NC State
Anthony Melchionda, Sr., Shortstop, Boston College
Daniel Palka, So., Outfield, Georgia Tech
Tom Bourdon, So., Outfield, Boston College
Thomas Brittle, Jr., Outfield, Clemson
Brian Holberton, So., DH/Utility, North Carolina
Mike Compton, Fr., Starting Pitcher, Florida State
Brett Harman, Sr., Starting Pitcher, Maryland
Eric Erickson, Gr., Starting Pitcher, Miami
Branden Kline, Jr., Starting Pitcher, Virginia **
Justin Thompson, Sr., Relief Pitcher, Virginia
Michael Dimock, Sr., Relief Pitcher, Wake Forest
** denotes two-time first team or second team All-ACC
Player of the Year
James Ramsey, Florida State
Pitcher of the Year
Carlos Rodon, NC State
Freshman of the Year
Carlos Rodon, NC State
Coach of the Year
Mike Martin, Florida State