Six Florida State players earned all conference honors on Monday afternoon. Juniors Drew Mendoza and J.C. Flowers earned first team All-ACC. Mendoza was selected as the best third baseman in the league, led the team with 14 homeruns and finished in a tie for fifth among league leaders. Despite not pitching a single inning until this year, Flowers was named the best closer in the ACC. The two-way player led the league with 11 saves on the season and allowed only four earned runs over 21.2 innings and struck out nearly a batter per inning.
The Seminoles Friday night starter, Drew Parrish, made the second-team. His season is marked by stretches of games where he was virtually unhittable followed by stretches where he couldn't make it through the fourth inning. He finished the season with 97 strikeouts, good enough for fourth in the league and a batting average against of .230 which saw him finish in the top ten among starting pitchers.
The player who helped save the Seminoles season is Reese Albert who earned third-team accolades. He missed most of the first half of the season and only played in 36 games in total but he ended the regular season with a line of .306/.419/.521 and provided a consistent bat at the top of the lineup. J.C. Flowers was selected to the third-team in part because he saw his power numbers soar in his junior season. He had 22 extra-base hits, including a career high 11 homeruns. He is the first player in Florida State history with a triple-double of home runs, saves and stolen bases in a season.
Perhaps the best pitcher on the staff this season was sophomore C.J. Van Eyk who was named to the third-team. He adds this year’s honor to the All-Freshman team he was placed on last season and looks to continue his hot streak of pitching. The right-hander has 39 strikeouts in his last four starts and has looked absolutely electric.
One of the four freshman who were regulars in the lineup was named to the All-Freshman squad and that was OF/DH Robby Martin. He had a torrid start to the season and despite some freshman droughts he wound up leading the team in average and finished with an on-base percentage over .400 and a .503 slugging percentage.
It was a nice haul for the Seminoles as the ACC Tournament starts tomorrow and the ’Noles desperately need a win to improve their chances of playing past next weekend. Make sure you bookmark the stream and follow along as FSU plays on Tuesday and Friday.