June 15, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Baseball team once again made headlines as three Seminole student-athletes were honored as All-Americans by Baseball America in 2009. Junior shortstop Stephen Cardullo was named to the first team, while sophomores Tyler Holt (outfield) and Mike McGee (utility) both earned a spot on the second team. Florida State tied Arizona State with the most All-Americans overall.
In his first year as a regular starter for the Seminoles, Cardullo finished the season hitting .376 in 62 games with 20 doubles, 10 home runs and 51 RBI. The Coral Springs, Fla., native ranked second on the team in hits (89), runs (76) and stolen bases (20), while tying for the team lead in triples with three. He surpassed his career totals in every major offensive category in 2009 en route to being named an All-ACC second team honoree and a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award.
After moving to shortstop on March 17 against Florida, Cardullo fell into his own at the position making 47 starts. During that time, Florida State responded with a 35-12 mark after beginning the season at 9-6. The move also seemed to spark his offensive production as Cardullo led all players with a .405 average recording nine home runs and 48 RBI. His average while starting at shortstop was 150 points higher than in his 15 combined starts at first and second base. Cardullo put a stamp on the season when he tied the school record and set the NCAA postseason record with a seven-hit performance against Ohio State in the championship game of the Tallahassee Regional.
McGee had a very productive sophomore campaign as a two-way player for the Seminoles in 2009. The outfielder/right handed pitcher finished the season second on the team in hitting with a .379 average, while leading the Garnet and Gold in home runs (19), RBI (78) and slugging percentage (.768). On the mound, McGee, went 6-2 with a 4.04 ERA in 15 appearances which included 13 starts. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native registered 72 strikeouts in 69.0 innings of work. He posted a career-high 12 strikeouts in the regular season finale against Grambling State and held opponents to .248 batting average on the year. McGee was honored as a first team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com and earned a spot on the second team by the NCBWA, both as a utility player, a season ago.
In 2009, McGee was named a second team All-ACC honoree as well as earning third team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Holt finished his sophomore campaign leading the team in hitting with a .401 average as he was one of just two Seminole student-athletes to start in all 63 games during the 2009 season. He collected 95 hits in 237 at-bats, recording 87 runs, 54 walks, 34 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .520, the seventh highest recorded in a single-season at Florida State. Holt currently leads the ACC in runs scored, stolen bases, walks and on-base percentage, while ranking in the top 10 in batting average (3rd), doubles (3rd) and hits (t-3rd). The Gainesville, Fla., native also had a solid season defensively posting a .993 fielding percentage out in centerfield as he committed just one error in 142 fielding opportunities.
Holt was also named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA, while earning a spot on the All-ACC first team in 2009.
UPDATE: Freshman Brian Busch was named to the second team All-Ping! Freshman team. Busch was omitted from the list in the previous release on June 12, 2009.
In a stellar first season for Brian Busch, the freshman southpaw was named to the All-Ping! Freshman second-team. Busch finished the year with a 6-2 record and a 3.97 ERA in 19 appearances including 13 starts. The Boca Raton, Fla., native tallied 90.2 innings of work recording 70 strikeouts while limiting the opposition to a .245 average. Busch began the season in the bullpen before moving into the weekend starting rotation on March 21 against Clemson. In six relief appearances, Busch inherited 11 runners allowing just four to score as he entered a game with the bases loaded on three separate occasions. In three relief appearances on opening weekend against Hofstra, Busch did not give up a run, hit or walk in 4.1 innings of work.