July 3, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Gage Smith, the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, highlights the sport’s All-ACC Academic Baseball Team as announced by Commissioner John Swofford.
Smith was one of eight Seminole student-athletes represented on the All-ACC Academic Team joined by fellow teammates Mike Compton (R-So., Applied Economics), Josh Delph (Jr., Secondary Education), Ben DeLuzio (Fr., Exercise Science), Justin Gonzalez (R-Sr., Sport Management), John Sansone (So., Sport Management), Billy Strode (Jr., Sport Management) and Luke Weaver (Jr., Sport Management).
Duke and Florida State led all ACC programs with eight players recognized, followed by Wake Forest with five and Clemson and Virginia with four apiece.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Smith has been named the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row and joins former teammate James Ramsey (2011 & 2012) as the only two-time recipient of the award in league history. Since the awards inception in 2007, a Florida State student-athlete has won the award five times (Buster Posey, 2008).
To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete, regardless of classification, must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
Smith graduated with a double bachelor’s degree in business marketing and management following the spring semester. The Tallahassee, Fla., native was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team and earned FSU Dean’s List honors in the fall of 2013.
On the field, the senior relief pitcher was voted to the All-ACC Third Team, finished the season with a 5-2 record and ranked 10th in the league with a 2.39 ERA in 64.0 innings pitched. Smith led the ACC in appearances with 40, marking the third consecutive year that he has led the league.
Smith is making his third appearance on the All-ACC Academic Team, while Compton and Delph are on the team for the second time in their careers.