TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the start of the 2013 college baseball season right around the corner, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced its 2013 Preseason All-America team on Wednesday.
Florida State’s Mike Compton was named a third team Preseason All-American by the NCBWA a year after garnering freshman All-America honors from the same organization as well as from Collegiate Baseball.
Compton posted a 12-2 record with a 2.87 ERA in 18 starts in his first season at Florida State in 2012. The right hander made an immediate impact on FSU’s starting rotation last year earning a spot in the weekend rotation in the series opener against Hofstra. He would maintain his spot in the rotation throughout the Seminoles’ run to the College World Series.
The Branson, Mo., native finished the season tied for the second most wins nationally while leading all freshmen in that category. Compton was the first 10-game winner in the ACC in 2012 and closed out the year as the only player in the league to reach double-digit victories. He went on to finish 13th in the ACC in ERA en route to earning second team all-conference honors.
Compton made three starts in the NCAA Tournament and picked up wins against Samford and Stony Brook. In both outings, the Seminole pitcher worked 6.0 innings and allowed just two runs. Compton was the pitcher of record in FSU’s 5-2 victory over Samford to clinch the Tallahassee Regional. He then helped Florida State stave off elimination in Omaha as he led the Seminoles to a 12-2 victory over Stony Brook in the College World Series.
He finished his freshman campaign with 64 strikeouts in 91.0 innings of work while holding opponents to a .260 batting average. Compton allowed two earned runs or less in 16 of his 18 starts, while yielding no runs three times.
Compton and the rest of the Seminoles will look to return to Omaha in 2013 when the season begins Friday, February 15 at 4:00 p.m. as Florida State hosts the University of Rhode Island for a three-game series on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Field.