On Tuesday, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2018 All-ACC Academic Team, with three ’Noles making the list.
In order to be eligible for selection athletes must possess a minimum 3.0 GPA for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average throughout their career. Athletic achievements are also considered in selecting the All-Academic Team.
It’s the first time that the junior catcher has been selected for the award. Having been selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of this years MLB Draft, the North Carolina native led the team with 54 RBI while posting a .326 batting average and belting 13 home runs.
The redshirt-junior from Winter Garden, FL has already earned his undergraduate degree and will earn his Master’s in Finance this summer. His eight wins were tops on the FSU squad and tied him for the top spot in the ACC. A sixth-round selection by the Washington Nationals, he posted two complete games, a 3.97 ERA, and 97 strikeouts over 81.2 innings.
The sophomore third baseman has won this award in each of his first two season on campus. In addition to his academic honors, Mendoza took home third-team All-ACC honors and was selected to the All-Tournament Team after his game-winning double secured FSU’s second-straight conference title. Working towards a degree in statistics, he should be quite pleased with the ones he put forward in 2018 — .313 batting average, seven home runs, 44 RBI, and 44 runs scored.