Ten From ACC Named To Louisville Slugger All-America Team

May 31, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Ten baseball student-athletes from the Atlantic Coast Conference have been named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger All-America Team as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Thursday.

Florida State outfielder James Ramsey, North Carolina reliever Michael Morin and NC State starting pitcher Carlos Rodon earned first-team honors. Duke starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was named to the second team, as were Florida State first baseman Jayce Boyd, Florida State second baseman Devon Travis and NC State shortstop Chris Diaz. Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer, Florida State reliever Robert Benincasa and North Carolina starting pitcher Kent Emanuel were third-team selections.

The 2012 ACC Player of the Year, Ramsey is currently batting .382 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI. North Carolina’s Morin leads the ACC with 17 saves and has thrown 54 1/3 innings while posting a 48-to-17 strikeout to walk ratio. Morin's 0.83 ERA would go down as the second-lowest single season ERA in school history. NC State’s Rodon, the ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, has posted a 9-0 record and 1.46 ERA while working 105 innings, and his 126 strikeouts on the season rank third nationally.

Duke’s Stroman (6-5, 2.39 ERA) ranks second among NCAA Division I pitchers in strikeouts with 136 in 98 innings. FSU’s Boyd leads the ACC in batting at .395 with three home runs and 55 RBI. The Seminole’s Travis is hitting. 316 with five home runs, 34 RBI and seven stolen bases. NC State’s Diaz is batting .364 and has driven in 50 runs.

Clemson’s Shaffer is currently hitting .339 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI while ranking second in the conference in both walks (58) and on-base percentage (.479). FSU’s Benincasa has registered 13 saves while posting a 4-1 record and a 1.36 ERA while issuing just five walks and striking out 47 in 33 innings. North Carolina’s Emanuel owns an 8-4 mark with a 2.03 ERA in 2012 and is one strikeout shy of 100 for the season.