DURHAM, N.C. – Junior right fielder James Ramsey has turned in an MVP-like season on the field for Florida State, but he’s also matched his prowess at the plate with excellence in the classroom.
Tuesday, Ramsey became the ninth Seminole baseball player to earn the distinction of being named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America baseball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Alpharetta, Ga. native is just the sixth FSU player to earn first-team honors and the first since Buster Posey in 2008.
“It’s an honor,” said Ramsey, who carries a 3.87 gpa as a finance major with a minor in religion. “It’s one of the things I set out to accomplish in my years at Florida State. Being an All-American is something that’s very special, especially when you can do it on and off the field at a high level. It shows a true work ethic. For me, it’s mission accomplished.”
Ramsey’s honor comes a day after he was selected first-team All-ACC, after leading the Seminoles through the regular season in hitting, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage. FSU coach Mike Martin said he couldn’t be more proud of the example his clean-up hitter has set in every facet as a student-athlete.
“He’s certainly following in the line of some outstanding leaders and he falls right into that category,” Martin said of Ramsey. “Not only is he an outstanding student, he’s an outstanding leader, being the president of the Student Advisory Council, being a guy that has been a spokesperson for our team at a number of functions. He’s just a special young man. We’re just very excited and proud he was selected for this honor.”
Academics have always been a priority for Ramsey, who was a talented, multi-sport athlete at Wesleyan High School and the son of two former Florida State athletes – Craig (baseball) and Mary (tennis) Ramsey.
“My parents have really just stressed that you always try to do your best in everything, whether it was sports, academics or off-the-field stuff,” Ramsey said. “My parents would always accept my word. If I told them I was trying my best and they’d leave me alone. If B’s were the best I could do, they would be fine with that. They saw my potential. My brother also set the tone, going to Vanderbilt … graduating cum laude.”
Ramsey is appreciative of the recognition he’s received, but is equally excited about the Seminoles’ postseason.
“Hopefully the team accolades will keep pouring in as the season comes to a close,” he said. “It’s always kind of awkward, the way these awards get announced before the season’s over, especially with the draft as well. You want so bad for the team to do well, you almost have to shy away from the individual attention until the season is over.”
Florida State opens its defense of the 2010 ACC Tournament championship Wednesday (7 p.m.) against NC State at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The game will be televised live on Sun Sports.
2011 Capital One Academic All-America®
University Division Baseball Team as selected by CoSIDA
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown G.P.A. Major
P Danny Hultzen (2) Virginia Jr. Bethesda, Md. 3.37 History
P Michael Roth South Carolina Jr. Greer, S.C. 3.89 International Business
C Matt Rice (2) # Western Kentucky Sr. Johnson City, Tenn. 4.00 Mechanical Engineering
INF Paul Hoilman (1) East Tennessee State Sr. Johnson City, Tenn. 3.95 Mathematics
INF Matt Leeds College of Charleston Sr. Boca Raton, Fla. 3.93 Accounting
INF Drew Pettit Canisius Jr. Fonthill, Ont., Can. 4.00 Economics
INF Dusty Quattlebaum Gardner-Webb Jr. Boiling Springs, N.C. 4.00 Sports Management
OF Brandon Eckerle (3) Michigan State Sr. Durand, Mich. 3.98 Gen. Bus. Ad., Pre-Law
OF James Ramsey Florida State Jr. Alpharetta, Ga. 3.87 Finance
OF Chris Slater (2) Baylor Sr. Plano, Texas 3.98 Finance
DH Marc Bourgeois Southern Mississippi Sr. Granby, Quebec,Can. 3.82 Construction Engineering
Capital One Academic All-American of the Year: Matt Rice, Western Kentucky University
Florida State Academic All-Americans
Greg Gromek, SS 1970 & ’71 (1)
Carl Gromek, P 1970 (1)
Dick Nichols, INF 1970 (2)
Danny O’Brien, P 1975 (1)
Tommy Zoeller, 1B 1985 (3)
Gar Finnvold, P 1989 (1)
Matt Diaz, OF 1999 (3)
Buster Posey, C *2008 (1)
*- Academic All-America of the Year