May 20, 2019

⚾: Flowers, Mendoza Lead All-ACC Honors

DURHAM, N.C. – Juniors Drew Mendoza and J.C. Flowers earned first team All-ACC honors Tuesday, among six Seminoles to get recognized by the league. Mendoza was the top third baseman in the league and Flowers was the ACC’s best relief pitcher.

Drew Parrish earned second team starting pitcher honors; Flowers was a third team outfielder, along with Reese Albert, while CJ Van Eyk was a third team starting pitcher.

Robby Martin was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Mendoza led Florida State with 14 home runs, 52 runs scored, 62 walks and a .478 on-base percentage while slugging .595. The third baseman has started 160 consecutive games for the Noles dating back to his freshman season in 2017. Mendoza was the third team third baseman in 2018 and on the All-Freshman Team in 2017.

Flowers made 18 appearances on the mound after not pitching at all his first two seasons with the Seminoles. He finished with an ACC-best 11 saves and a 1.66 earned run average, allowing just four runs in 21.2 innings pitched with 20 strikeouts. Flowers hit .268 with a career-high 11 home runs and 47 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases. He is the first player in Florida State history with a triple-double of home runs, saves and stolen bases in a season. Flowers joined Mendoza on the All-Freshman Team in 2017.

Parrish won a career-high seven games in 2019, notching 92 strikeouts in 71 innings pitched. He started 14 games for the Seminoles and opponents hit just .230 against the junior left-hander. Parrish was a first team pitcher in 2018.

Albert, a sophomore from Jupiter, Fla., battled injuries and played in just 36 games, but hit five doubles, three triples and five home runs in 121 at-bats. He hit two triples against Stetson on April 24, tying the school record.

Van Eyk tied for the team high with eight wins, finishing 8-3 with a 4.05 earned run average. The sophomore led FSU with 95 strikeouts and 73.1 innings pitched. Van Eyk struck out a career high 11 hitters against Wake Forest and struck out 10 in just 3.0 innings pitched against Pitt. In two seasons, Van Eyk is 15-3 for the Seminoles. He earned Freshman Team honors in 2018.

Martin led Florida State with a .345 average, notching 61 hits in 53 games played as an outfielder and primarily as the designated hitter. He slugged .503 and reached base at a .426 clip, with 20 extra-base hits (16 doubles, four home runs).

Florida State’s six players recognized are the most since 2014, and the seven total honors are the most for FSU since having seven in 2007. The Seminoles open the 2019 ACC Tournament Tuesday against Wake Forest at 3 p.m.

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