James Ramsey of Florida State headlines Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team
Capital One Academic All-America® Baseball Team release dates:
College Division Team: Tue., May 29
Division III Team: Wed., May 30
Division II Team: Thur., May 31
Division I Team: Fri., June 1
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TOWSON, Md. – Senior outfielder James Ramsey of No. 3 Florida State University leads the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A finance major with a 3.84 G.P.A., Ramsey has been honored as the winner of the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year in Division I.
A repeat selection as a first team member of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball team, Ramsey was also named as the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.
A native of Alpharetta, Ga., Ramsey helped the Seminoles (43-15) earn a No. 3 national seed in the 64-team 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship that begins today at 16 regional sites around the country. The regular season ACC Atlantic Division champions, Florida State will host the Tallahassee Regional at Dick Howser Stadium.
According to the NCAA statistics, Ramsey is third nationally in on-base percentage (.515), fourth in runs scored per game (1.19 avg/g), 10th in slugging percentage (.673), 12th in base on balls per game (0.91 avg/g) and 21st in sacrifice flies (7). A two-time All-ACC selection, Ramsey is batting .382 with 12 home runs and 49 runs batted in. A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, Ramsey has scored 69 runs. He has 10 doubles and six triples. He has also blasted 12 homers with 49 runs batted in. A very good defensive player. Ramsey has committed no errors in 139 fielding chances and has four outfield assists.
As a junior, Ramsey was named a third team All-American by Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Last year, he led the Seminoles in batting average (.364), hits (91), RBI (67) and slugging percentage (.580), and shared the team lead with 10 home runs and 58 runs scored.
Ramsey is one of six members on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I first team who begin play in the NCAA Division I championship on June 1. Senior pitcher Michael Roth of defending national champion South Carolina and senior pitcher Ross Stripling of Texas A&M, senior catcher Tucker Frawley of Coastal Carolina, senior infielder Zach Price of the U.S. Military Academy, and senior designated hitter Phil Pohl of Clemson will participate in NCAA regional action this weekend
Overall, a dozen players on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball first, second or third teams will be playing in the NCAA regionals this weekend.
Ramsey is one of three repeat selections on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball first team. Graduate student Drew Pettit of Canisius and Roth are also repeat selections.
A second team selection in 2011, senior infielder Jake Hibbard of Wright State earned first team honors this season. Junior outfielder Dan Gulbransen of Jacksonville, Stripling and Pohl moved up from the third team.
North Dakota State was the only school to place two members on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball first team. Senior infielder Zach Wentz and sophomore outfielder Tim Colwell represented North Dakota State on the first team.
Junior outfielder Paul Ritzheimer (Murray State) rounds out the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball first team.
The 12 members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.835. Four members of the first team, including Ritzheimer, Gulbransen, Colwell and Pettit, each has a 4.0 G.P.A.
An international business and marketing major with a 3.83 G.P.A., Roth has been a key member of the Gamecocks’ back-to-back national championship teams. Named as the winner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, Roth has posted a 23-6 career record. A first team All-SEC pick in 2011, he was also named to the all-tournament team at the College World Series. The winner of the SEC’s Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar-Athlete Award, Roth has made 15 starts for the Gamecocks this season and has posted a 6-1 record with a 2.58 E.R.A. A native of Greer, S.C., he has helped No. 8 South Carolina post a 40-17 record.
A finance major with a 3.61 G.P.A., Stripling has compiled a 10-3 record with a 2.90 E.R.A. for Texas A & M. In 118 innings, he has 110 strikeouts with only 16 walks. A two-time All-Big 12 Conference first team pick, he has led the Aggies to a 42-16 record and their sixth straight NCAA regional appearance. Named as a first team All-American by the ABCA last year, he has 31 career victories, three shy of the school record. A native of Southlake, Tex., Stripling pitched a no-hitter against San Diego State on May 12.
A physics major who is a summa cum laude graduate from Coastal Carolina, Frawley had a 3.94 G.P.A. A first team All-Big South Conference catcher, Frawley led the Chanticleers to a 41-17 record and their sixth straight Big South title. A semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, awarded to the nation’s best collegiate catcher, Frawley batted .297 as a senior with one home run, 24 runs scored and 27 RBI’s. The Big South Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Frawley works with a pitching staff that is second nationally with a 2.53 E.R.A. He has thrown out 25 of 45 runners attempting to steal.
A graduate student who earned his B.A. degree in economics and is working on his MBA, Pettit was a second team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection at third base. A native of Fonthill, Ontario, Canada, he helped the Griffins post a 33-27 record and finish second in the MAAC Tournament. Pettit appeared in a team-high 58 games in 2012, batting .298 with a team-high 39 RBI’s, 30 runs scored, four doubles and three home runs.
A systems engineering major with a 3.73 G.P.A., Price is a four-year starter at second base for the Patriot League champions. A three-time All-Patriot League selection, Price has led Army to a 41-13 record and a berth in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional. A native of Cantonment, Fla., Price is batting .324 with 50 runs scored and 24 RBI’s. Named as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete for baseball, Price is second in the league with 20 stolen bases in 23 attempts. He was also named as a Distinguished Cadet (3.67 G.P.A. or better) each semester and is a member of the New York Alpha Zeta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Honorary Mathematics Society.
Pohl, a management major with a 3.67 G.P.A., has led Clemson to 33-26 record and an NCAA regional berth. A native of historic Cooperstown, N.Y., Pohl is batting .288 with eight home runs and team-high 50 RBI’s for the Tigers, A two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection who earned first All-ACC honors in 2012, Pohl has started all 59 games for Clemson this season. He has a .436 slugging percentage with 29 runs scored and 11 doubles.
A mass communication major with a 3.58 G.P.A., Hibberd was a three-time All-Horizon League first team first baseman for Wright State. He led the Raiders to a 37-21 record. A native of Miamisburg, Ohio, Hibbard batted .336 with nine home runs, 50 runs scored and 47 RBI’s in 2012. As a junior, Hibberd batted .407 with nine home runs and 56 RBI’s, leading Wright State to the Horizon League championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Honored as the 2011 Horizon League Player of the Year, Hibbard became the first player in league history to lead the league in batting, home runs and RBI’s. He also earned Louisville Slugger All-America and ABCA All-Region honors in 2011.
An exercise science major with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A., Gulbransen earned All-Atlantic Sun Conference first team honors for the third year in a row. A three-year starter in the outfield for Jacksonville, he batted .324 with six home runs and 33 RBI’s in 2012. A solid defensive player, he committed only one error in 124 fielding chances this season for the Dolphins. As a sophomore, Gulbransen earned ABCA All-South Region honors after hitting .370 with 18 doubles and 52 RBI’s. The 2010 A-Sun Freshman of the Year was also named first team Louisville Slugger and second team NCBWA Freshman All-America.
A health and physical education major with a 3.95 G.P.A., Wentz was a second team Capital One Academic All-America® selection as a sophomore. In 2012, he played third base and pitched for North Dakota State which set a school record with a 40-20 reached and reached The Summit League championship game. A native of Bismarck, N.D., he batted .317 with five home runs and 41 RBI’s. Wentz was a second team all-league selection at third base in 2012. He was a second team all-league pitcher in 2010. A three-time Summit League Winter/Spring All-Academic Team member , he was selected to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence twice. Wentz was a two-time Summit League Player of the Week and a Pitcher of the Week selection during his career.
A university studies major with a 4.0 G.P.A., Colwell is a sophomore outfielder who led North Dakota State and The Summit League with a .381 batting average on his way to first team all-league honors. Colwell leads NCAA Division I with nine triples and also ranks eighth nationally with 93 base hits. A native of Shoreview, Minn., he was 16th in the nation with 62 runs scored. Colwell was named to the 2011 Summit League Winter/Spring All-Academic team.
A geoscience major with a 4.0 G.P.A., Ritzheimer batted .299 at Murray State. He started 54 games for the Racers with one home run, 35 runs scored and 21 RBI’s. He led Murray State to a 23-33 record. A native of Trenton, Ill., Ritzheimer was selected as the 2011 winner of the Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Award, the highest academic honor the conference can bestow. Ritzheimer earned a spot on the CollegeBaseball360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll after a sweep of Southern Miss during the 2012 season.
Due to a tie in the voting, there were four outfielders on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball first team
Leading the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I second team are pitchers Tyler Johnson of Stony Brook and Chris Stratton of Mississippi State. Senior Jeremy Schaffer (Tulane University) is the second team’s catcher. Shane Basen (Charlotte), Kenny Diekroeger (Stanford), Drew Dosch (Youngstown State) and Travis Isaak (Murray State) comprise the infield. Juniors Troy Larson of Minnesota and Brandon Thomas (Georgia Tech) are the second team outfielders while senior Anthony DeFabio (Pittsburgh) is the designated hitter.
Pitchers Kolt Browder of Baylor and Chase Byerly of Butler top the Capital One Academic All-America® Baseball Division I third team while TCU’s Josh Elander is the catcher. Zach Fisher (Towson), Reed Harper (Austin Peay State), Simon Kudernatsch (Hartford) and Dusty Quattlebaum (Gardner-Webb) are the infielders on the third team. Brandon Boudreaux of Tulane, Billy Burgess of Utah Valley and Trevor Kirk (UNLV) are third team outfielders, while Josh Holskey (Campbell) is the designated hitter.
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About the Capital One Academic All-America® Program
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
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