April 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s James Ramsey was named one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for baseball. The award is presented to a senior baseball student-athlete who excels both on and off.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote for Ramsey on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website (seniorCLASSaward.com) through June 11. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men’s head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
Ramsey is in the midst of a spectacular senior season in which he leads Florida State in batting average (.387), runs scored (50), home runs (9), triples (5), slugging percentage (.697) and on-base percentage (.514). The senior captain has also been a stalwart in centerfield where he has posted a perfect fielding percentage in 90 chances this year. Ramsey has tallied three outfield assists to lead all Seminoles including throwing two runners out at the plate. Heading into the final month of the regular season, the Alpharetta, Ga., native ranks in the top 10 in the ACC in eight offensive categories as he leads the league in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
The decision to return to Tallahassee for his senior season was not an easy one for Ramsey, who was drafted in the 22nd round by the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB Draft. But the idea to come back to Florida State for his final season, earn his degree and help lead the Seminoles back to the College World Series for the third time in the last five years was paramount.
“James’ leadership qualities are unparalleled,” said head coach Mike Martin. “He is the unquestioned leader of the Florida State baseball team. His work ethic and passion for the game is what sets him apart across the nation.”
Ramsey was named a preseason All-American by several publications to open the 2012 campaign. He garnered first team accolades from ESPN.com, Perfect Game and College Baseball Insider, while earning second team honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA. His offensive production through the first half of the season earned him Top Hitter accolades as part of Baseball America’s midseason awards.
As a junior, Ramsey started all 65 games in right field and led the Seminoles in batting average (.364), hits (91), RBI (67), total bases (145), stolen bases (11) and slugging percentage (.580) and shared the team lead in home runs (10) and runs scored (58). He led the ACC in total bases, second in batting average and ranked eighth or better in sixth offensive categories en route to earning a spot on the All-ACC first team. For his efforts, he went on to garner third team All-America honors from Baseball America, NCBWA and ABCA.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native is an active participant in the community both back home and in Tallahassee. He has registered over 150 hours of community service over the last three years and has led a big push to get his teammates to be more active in the community. For his efforts, the Seminole Baseball team was the recipient of the Semi-Gnome Award at FSU in 2009-10 – presented to a team on campus with the biggest participation and total hour improvement over one year. The baseball team’s participation increased from 0.6% to 100%, while the total hours increased from four to 192.
“James is the perfect role model for an engaged student – successful in and out of the classroom, with a commitment to service that is totally unselfish,” said FSU President Dr. Eric J. Barron.
Ramsey is a four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) at Florida State where he served as President for two years. He has also served on the Atlantic Coast Conference SAAC committee for three years.
In the classroom, Ramsey was named a first team Academic All-American by CoSIDA/Capital One in 2011 becoming the ninth Seminole baseball player to earn the distinction. He went on to garner Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and is a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic team (2010 & 2011). Ramsey is a three-time recipient of the Golden Torch Award at FSU presented to the student-athlete on each team with the highest GPA. He is three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, a five-time member of the Dean’s List and has been named to the President’s List at FSU twice for earning a 4.0 GPA in the spring 2010 and fall 2011 semesters.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA College World Series, which will be held June 15-26 in Omaha.
2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Baseball Finalists
Todd Hornsby, Pitcher, Jacksonville State
David Lyon, Catcher, Kent State
Thomas McCarthy, Third Base, Kentucky
Austin Nola, Shortstop, LSU
Phil Pohl, Catcher/First Base/Outfield, Clemson
Zach Price, Infield, Army
James Ramsey, Outfield, Florida State
Michael Roth, Pitcher/First Base, South Carolina
Ross Stripling, Pitcher, Texas A&M
Preston Tucker, Infield/Outfield, Florida