TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2019 All-ACC Academic Baseball Team Tuesday, with three Florida State players being recognized for their work in the classroom and on the field. Freshman Mat Nelson joins Chase Haney, who was also on the team as a freshman in 2016, and Drew Mendoza, who earned All-ACC Academic Team honors all three seasons with Florida State.
Mendoza, from Minneola, Fla., helped lead FSU to the College World Series for the second time in three seasons in 2019, hitting 16 home runs and knocking in 59 runs. Mendoza earned Academic honors from the league all three seasons in Tallahassee and recently signed with the Washington Nationals after getting drafted in the third round of the 2019 Draft.
Haney, from Winter Garden, Fla., returned from his Tommy John surgery better than ever in 2019, leading FSU with 31 appearances out of the bullpen. The right-hander finished with a 2.41 earned run average and did not allow a hit or run in 4.1 innings in the College World Series. Haney earned All-ACC Academic Team honors in 2016 and has been on the ACC Academic Honor Roll three times.
Nelson, from Largo, Fla., is majoring in sport management and was FSU’s starting catcher for much of his freshman season. Coming along strong at the end of the regular season and into the postseason, Nelson hit .282 with seven doubles, six home runs and 29 RBI while drawing a team-high 16 hit by pitches. Nelson had three of FSU’s 11 hits in the College World Series.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released later this month.
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