Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State, the second seed in this week's ACC Baseball Championship, placed a combined five student-athletes on this year's All-ACC first and second teams as announced today by Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford. For the second year in a row and for the fifth time overall, a Seminole walked away with the league's top honor as junior Buster Posey was named ACC Player of the Year. The league postseason awards are selected by a vote of the league's 12 head coaches.
In what has been an outstanding season thus far for the junior catcher, Posey currently leads the league in seven statistical categories and is ranked in the top 10 in four others. The Leesburg, Ga., native leads the ACC in batting average (.471), hits (96), runs scored (75), runs batted in (68), total bases (175), on-base percentage (.571) and slugging percentage (.858). In addition, Posey is second in home runs (17), tied for fourth in doubles (20), tied for fifth in triples (4) and sixth in walks (45). He was just as impressive in league play as the right hander batted .479 in 30 games in leading the Seminoles to a 24-6 record.
Posey has also had a stellar season on the defensive end posting a .982 fielding percentage with 51 starts behind the plate. He is throwing out 41.7 percent of would be base stealers on the year while registering six pick offs. The right hander has also made eight appearances on the mound and is a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities. Posey has struck out 10 batters and has not allowed a run in 7.1 innings of work.
This marks the first time in school history that Florida State has captured ACC Player of the Year accolades in back-to-back seasons. Posey joins J.D. Drew (1997), Marshall McDougall (1999), John-Ford Griffin (2001) and Tony Thomas, Jr. (2007) as past Seminoles to be recognized as ACC Player of the Year.
Florida State landed three first team selections and two second team honorees in 2008. Joining Posey on the first team are senior outfielder Jack Rye and junior right hander Elih Villanueva.
Rye and Posey were the only two players to finish the regular season batting over .400 as the Rye hit .404 in 49 games. The Irvine, Calif., product collected 69 hits including 10 doubles and six home runs, while drawing 41 walks. He is currently second on the team in stolen bases with 11.
Villanueva went 6-2 during the regular season with a 3.10 ERA. He leads the team in strikeouts with 79 and ranks second in innings pitched throwing 81.1 in 13 starts. The Miami, Fla., native threw a complete game victory over Maryland and has struck out at least eight batters in six of 13 games.
Earning All-ACC second team honors this year are Tony Delmonico and Matt Fairel. Delmonico, a transfer from Tennessee, started all 55 games during the regular season and ranks in the top 10 in three offensive categories. He is currently hitting .361 on the year while posting a .341 average during league play. In his first year as a starter, Fairel went 9-2 with a 3.28 ERA. He leads the team in innings pitched (82.1) and is second in strikeouts with 78. Fairel won his first eight decisions to start the season and threw into the fifth inning in all 13 starts.
Florida State will open the ACC Baseball Tournament on Wednesday, May 21 at 5:00 pm against Wake Forest.
Posey Named ACC Player Of The Year
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