ACC Baseball: Five Named Academic All-America

Florida State's Stewart, Compton, and Delph, North Carolina's Moss, and Virginia Tech's Payne recognized; Seminoles lead nation with three selections.

AUSTIN, Texas - Five ACC student-athletes have been named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The five are the most from any conference in the country.

North Carolina P Benton Moss was named to the First Team. Florida State OF DJ Stewart and Virginia Tech IF Erik Payne were selected to the second team, while Florida State P Mike Compton and OF Josh Delph garnered third team accolades.

The three Seminoles were the most from any school in the country. 

A business administration and economics double major who graduated in May, Moss attended UNC on a Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the University's most prestigious academic grant. As a senior, he received the Jim Tatum Memorial Award, a University honor awarded annually to one varsity student-athlete who has excelled athletically while also contributing to UNC through extracurricular involvement. He also earned the ACC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and the Top 10 Scholar-Athlete Award.  

Moss finished his Tar Heel baseball career ranked second in school history in career strikeouts, fifth in career innings pitched, seventh in career winning percentage, and eighth in career wins. As a senior in 2015, he went 7-1 with a 3.44 ERA in 13 appearances.

Stewart has started 62 games for the Seminoles in 2015 and currently leads the team in average (.322), hits (66), runs scored, (59), home runs, (13) and RBIs (47).  He is the national leader in walks (69) and walks per game (1.11), while also ranking among the national leaders in on-base percentage (.509 – 3rd). Stewart has established single-season career highs in runs, walks, home runs and stolen bases this year. He also has two multi-home run games to his name in 2015 as Stewart hit two against USF and at Virginia. 

The Yulee, Fla., native was named a third team Capital One Academic All-American in 2014. Stewart becomes just the third, two-time Academic All-American in school history as he joins Greg Gromek (1970 & 1971) and James Ramsey (2011 & 2012). He is a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree and a three-time member of FSU Dean's List. Stewart is pursuing a bachelor's degree in sport management. 

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Payne was named to the second team as an infielder after he led the team or was second in 11 offensive categories and tied a 50-year old school record to become Tech's first Academic All-American in baseball in more than a decade.

He led the team in batting average (.343), hits (71), RBIs (53) and on-base percentage (.444), while he was second in runs (43), doubles (13), home runs (9), total bases (111), slugging percentage (.536), walks (32) and hit-by-pitches (8).

In 12 starts this year, Compton is 4-3 with a 3.03 ERA.  The redshirt junior right hander has tallied 66 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 68.1 innings of work as he ranks 16th nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.60). Compton started the season as the Friday night starter for the first four weeks of the season until suffering an abdominal strain which kept him out of the rotation for four weeks.  He returned to the weekend rotation at Notre Dame on April 12. The Branson Mo., native pitched a two-hit shutout against Boston College on March 6th and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work against Coastal Carolina on May 1.  Compton is a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team, a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree and has twice been named to FSU President's List (4.0 GPA). Compton earned a bachelor's degree in applied economics in the fall of 2014 and is currently pursuing a second degree in interdisciplinary social science. 

Delph has appeared in all 63 games, making 60 starts in right field.  The Bartow, Fla., native is tied for second on the team with 16 multi-hit games as he posted a career-high five hits at Miami on April 24.   He also ranks third on the team in hits (59), doubles (12) and batting average with a .282 mark on the season.  Delph was a 2015 nominee for the Senior Class Award and a recipient of the 2015 Golden Nole Award for Baseball.  He is a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team and a three time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Delph earned President's List (4.0 GPA) honors in the spring of 2013 and is a five-time FSU Dean's List honoree. The senior outfielder is pursuing a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary social science.