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June 20, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. – Six Atlantic Coast Conference baseball players were named to the 2012 ABCA/Rawlings All-America Team announced on Wednesday, including three first-team selections.
Florida State first baseman Jayce Boyd and outfielder James Ramsey were named to the first team, as was NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon.
The third team included Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer, North Carolina reliever Michael Morin and NC State shortstop Chris Diaz.
NC State’s Rodon finished his freshman season with a 9-0 mark and 1.57 ERA while striking out 135 batters in 114 innings. Boyd is batting .375 with four home runs and 60 RBI for the Seminoles, who are playing in the 66th College World Series. FSU’s Ramsey leads the ACC in batting (.386), on-base percentage (.521), slugging percentage (.667) and runs scored (78).
Clemson’s Shaffer finished his junior season hitting .336 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI and ranks second in the ACC in bases on balls with 63 in 63 games. North Carolina’s Morin posted a 1.4O ERA and set an ACC single-season record with 19 saves. NC State’s Diaz closed his junior year batting .346 with 56 RBI.
ACC student-athletes claimed 16 of the 26 spots on the 2012 ABCA All-Atlantic Region Team.
In addition to Boyd, Ramsey, Rodon, Shaffer, Morin and Diaz, first-team selections include Miami catcher Pete O’Brien, NC State outfielder Ryan Mathews, Duke pitcher Marcus Stroman and North Carolina pitcher Kent Emanuel. Second-team honorees include NC State catcher Danny Canela, Clemson designated hitter Phil Pohl, Georgia Tech first baseman Jake Davies, outfielder Brandon Thomas and starting pitcher Buck Farmer, and Florida State reliever Robert Benincasa.
Kieboom, Johnson Earn Gold Gloves
Clemson junior catcher Spencer Kieboom and Florida State senior third baseman Sherman Johnson were named to the 2012 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team. Chosen by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the team recognizes the top Division I fielder at each position.