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Four Seminoles Earn All-ACC Baseball Honors


The ACC announced their all-conference teams earlier today, just a few days ahead of the conference tournament in Durham, and four Seminoles were honored for their contributions to the Seminoles' 2013 season.

Scott Sitz was Florida State's lone first team all-conference player. The senior RHP was superb for the Seminoles all season going 9-1 in 13 starts with a 1.66 ERA. With the honor Sitz now makes it 20 consecutive seasons that Mike Martin's teams have had at least one player earn first team all-conference honors, dating back to 1994.

Sitz has established himself as a fan favorite at Florida State. On Saturday, during Senior day, fans donned fake mustaches in honor of his trademark Nacho Libre mustache. The Sitzstache, as he's been dubbed, is currently on pace to finish with the lowest ERA of any Seminole starter since 1995 (Scooby Morgan).

Also honored were Luke Weaver, DJ Stewart and Stephen McGee. All three were named second team all-conference. 

Weaver has been a revelation for the Seminoles this season. Originally a mid-week starter, he moved into the weekend rotation when Mike Compton was lost for the year to Tommy John surgery. By mid-year Weaver had pitched well enough to earn the vaunted Friday night spot in the rotation. Brandon Leibrandt had occupied that spot since the beginning of last season but Weaver doesn't seem to have any intentions of giving it back now that it's his.

The sophomore went 6-2 with 2.08 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts). When he was on, he was lights out, striking out a team-best 91 batters in 78 innings of work while walking just 16 and holding opposing teams to a .218 average against him.

Stewart, a true freshman, has become one of the Seminoles' most reliable bats in just his first year. He hit a team-best .328, belted four homers and drove in 51 runs.

Stephen McGee, the team's veteran leader, is a Johnny Bench award finalist (given annually to the nation's best catcher). McGee batted .299 with eight home runs and 45 RBI's. He also lead the team with a.462 on-base percentage.

But the bigger contribution he made- and one that isn't as obvious in the stats- is his work behind the plate. Despite missing Compton (considered by many to be the team's top starter), McGee helped the Seminole pitching staff to post the lowest team ERA (2.68) in the 34 years Mike Martin has been the head coach.

Notably missing? Marcus Davis. The junior OF/DH has an extremely interesting story, but also had an extremely good case to be made for why he should have been selected too.

Davis hit .312 this season, good for fourth on the team, but he lead the Seminoles in hits (63), runs (53), home runs (9) and RBI's (52). After starting his collegeiate career at LSU, Davis left the program, went to community college and then enrolled at FSU this past Fall. 

He exploded for the Seminole offense this year. Without his bat, the loss of Justin Gonzalez- not to mention losing so much from the year before- could have crippled Florida State's lineup. Instead, Stewart, McGee and Davis were able to form a potent middle of the order. 

McGee and Stewart were both honored for that, Davis deserved to be.

Florida State wrapped up the Atlantic division on Saturday and will play a tune-up game with Coastal division winner (and the number one team in the country) UNC later today before they get to square off with Buck Farmer and Georgia Tech on Wednesday morning for the start of the ACC tournament.

I'll have more baseball coverage coming up all week, keep checking back.


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