June 1, 2012
TOWSON, Md. – Florida State’s James Ramsey leads the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A finance major with a 3.84 G.P.A., Ramsey has been honored as the winner of the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year in Division I. He becomes the second Seminole to earn this distinction joining Buster Posey, who won the award in 2008.
“To be among an elite group of guys that not only takes pride in what they do on the field but also in the classroom is an extreme honor,” said Ramsey. “This embodies what college athletics is all about, in reaching your God given potential on the field and off the field. I have always taken pride in being the best person I can be.”
A repeat selection as a first team member of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball team, Ramsey was also named as the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. He joins Greg Gromek (1970 & 1971) as the only Seminoles to be named a two-time first team Academic All-America® in program history.
“This award means a tremendous amount to the program because of our emphasis on academics,” said head coach Mike Martin. “For a young man to be named the Academic All-America® of the Year is more important than any other award that can be accomplished in our program. We are very proud of what James has accomplished in his four years at Florida State. He has been a proven leader both on and off the field.”
A native of Alpharetta, Ga., Ramsey helped the Seminoles (43-15) earn a No. 3 national seed in the 64-team 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship that begins Friday, June 1 at 16 regional sites around the country. The regular season ACC Atlantic Division champions, Florida State will host the Tallahassee Regional at Dick Howser Stadium.
According to the NCAA statistics, Ramsey is third nationally in on-base percentage (.515), fourth in runs scored per game (1.19 avg/g), 10th in slugging percentage (.673), 12th in base on balls per game (0.91 avg/g) and 21st in sacrifice flies (7). A two-time All-ACC selection, Ramsey is batting .382 with 12 home runs and 49 runs batted in.
A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award and a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Ramsey has scored 69 runs with 10 doubles and six triples. The senior captain has started all 58 games in centerfield for the Seminoles in 2012 and has posted a perfect fielding percentage in 134 chances.
As a junior, Ramsey was named a third team All-American by Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Last year, he led the Seminoles in batting average (.364), hits (91), RBI (67) and slugging percentage (.580), and shared the team lead with 10 home runs and 58 runs scored.
Ramsey is one of six members on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I first team who begin play in the NCAA Division I championship on Friday, June 1. Senior pitcher Michael Roth of defending national champion South Carolina and senior pitcher Ross Stripling of Texas A&M, senior catcher Tucker Frawley of Coastal Carolina, senior infielder Zach Price of the U.S. Military Academy, and senior designated hitter Phil Pohl of Clemson will participate in NCAA regional action this weekend
Overall, a dozen players on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball first, second or third teams will be playing in the NCAA regionals this weekend.
Ramsey is one of three repeat selections on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball first team. Graduate student Drew Pettit of Canisius and Roth are also repeat selections.