Aug. 20, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Summer baseball is a great time for many of the current Seminole student-athletes to fine tune their skills in preparation for the upcoming season. This year a handful of Seminoles were found playing in the Cape Cod League, the Florida Collegiate Summer League and in the Valley Baseball League in Virginia. Here’s a look at how the current Seminole student-athletes fared during summer ball.
Stephen Cardullo – Cardullo played in 31 games, started 27, for the Covington Lumberjacks of the Valley Baseball League in Virginia. Cardullo ranked second on the team in batting average with a .300 mark (33-for-110). He tallied 17 RBI’s, 13 runs, seven doubles and a home run as he helped the Lumberjacks to a 25-24 record, good for sixth place in the 11-team league. His .391 slugging percentage tied for fourth on the team.
Ohmed Danesh – Danesh hit a team-high .316 in 33 games for the Winter Springs Cudas. He also led the team in doubles (9), home runs (3) and slugging percentage (.470). The Seminole outfielder tallied 21 RBI’s and 20 runs scored pacing Winter Springs to a 24-14 mark. Danesh ranked in the top 10 of the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 10 offensive categories while leading the league in doubles, total bases (55) and slugging percentage. Danesh tied for the FCSL lead in home runs.
Tony Delmonico – Delmonico comes to Florida State after transferring from the University of Tennessee where he played second base for the Volunteers the past two years. Delmonico spent the summer playing for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League. The junior right hander played 35 games and hit .267 for the Kettleers where he collected 31 hits in 116 at-bats. He ranked third on the team in RBI’s (18), tied for third in home runs (3) and tied for second in runs scored (20). Delmonico played four different positions for Cotuit including 19 games at second base, seven at third base, four at shortstop and three starts in the outfield.
Matt Fairel – Fairel played for Winter Springs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League making six appearances, starting four. He compiled a 1-2 record for the Cudas to go along with his 2.39 ERA. The southpaw threw 26.1 innings over the summer recording 30 strikeouts and just 11 walks. He held the opposition to a .215 batting average.
Neil Malpass – Malpass made 10 appearances in the Valley Baseball League including two starts for the Haymarket Senators. He posted a 0-1 record with a 4.88 ERA, while collecting one save. Malpass registered 24.0 innings of work allowing 13 earned runs and 27 hits. He struck out 21 and held opponents to a .278 batting average. His 10 appearances were the fourth most on the team. Malpass also made five plate appearances tallying one hit and scoring a run.
Bo O’Dell – O’Dell posted a 5-1 record and a 2.01 ERA for Altamonte Springs as he was responsible for 1/3 of his team’s victories in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. The right hander out of Kissimmee, Fla., led his team in wins, innings pitched (53.2), games started (8) and strikeouts (61). He led the FCSL in innings pitched and complete games (2), while finishing tied among the league leaders in wins and shutouts (1). O’Dell ranked second in the league in strikeouts and tied for second in games started. He pitched 0.2 scoreless innings for Altamonte Springs in the FCSL championship game. O’Dell was named FCSL Pitcher of the Week on June 19.
Buster Posey – Posey claimed a second straight Cape Cod League championship with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox this past summer. The Seminole catcher had a solid regular season batting .281 (36-for-128) in 36 games. He tallied 19 RBI’s, 13 runs scored, three doubles and three home runs. Although starting 31 games at the catcher position, Posey also started three games at first base and two more in the outfield. In postseason play, Posey continued to play well for Y-D starting all four games behind the plate. The Leesburg, Ga., native hit .333 (5-for-15) with four runs scored, two walks and an RBI as the Red Sox swept through the playoffs en route to the league championship. Posey was outstanding at the catcher spot tallying 40 put outs and two assists. He threw out a base stealer and did not commit an error. He committed just three errors all season long.
Ryan Strauss – Strauss appeared in three games, making two starts for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League. The senior right hander went 0-3 on the mound with a 6.35 ERA. He worked 11.1 innings posting 10 strikeouts.
Scott Thorson – Thorson was the third Seminole to play for Winter Springs this summer. In limited action, Thorson played and started one game for the Cudas posting a 0-1 record. He threw 2.1 innings giving up two runs, no earned, on two hits.
Elih Villanueva – Villanueva joins Florida State after spending two years at Miami-Dade Community College. The right hander went 3-3 in 11 appearances including seven starts for the Luray Wranglers of the Valley Baseball League. His 2.61 ERA was the third lowest among Wrangler pitchers with at least seven starts. Villanueva threw 51.2 innings striking out 55 and walking 19 as he helped Luray advance to the VBL Championship series. While limiting opponents to just a .200 batting average, Villanueva tied for second on the team with two saves.