Three members of the Florida State baseball team, including John Sansone (First Team), Taylor Walls (Second Team) and Cal Raleigh (All-Freshman), were placed on the 2016 All-ACC teams as announced by the league office on Monday, May 23.
Sansone, who garnered the first All-ACC honor of his career, has started 53 games for the Seminoles this season and heads into the ACC Tournament leading the team in hits (80), RBI (57), doubles (22), total bases (123) and slugging percentage (.572). The New Castle, Pa., native also leads the team in multi-hit games (28) and notched 14 multi-hit games in 26 ACC games this season.
Sansone, who ranks first in the ACC and 12th nationally in doubles, returns to Durham Athletic Park for the ACC Tournament this week, where he posted a career-high three doubles against Duke on May 15. Sansone finished 3-for-4 against the Blue Devils in that game as he capped off the weekend 6-for-12 at the plate with four doubles.
Along with being named as an All-ACC performer, Sansone was named as a semifinalist for the 2016 Dick Howser Trophy, which is presented to the top player in collegiate baseball. The finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 9. The 2016 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the sixth year.
Walls, a second team All-ACC honoree, has also been a vital part of the FSU offense this season and is among the team leaders in runs scored (64-1st), walks (46-1st), doubles (10-2nd), total bases (112-2nd), on-base percentage (.477-2nd), hits (76-2nd), batting average (.362-3rd) and RBI (38-3rd).
Walls, also on the watch list for the 2016 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, ranks first in the ACC and fifth in the nation in runs scored while averaging 1.21 runs per game, which places him first in the league and fourth nationally. He has scored multiple runs in 19 games for the Seminoles this season, including a career-high four at Pittsburgh on March 18.
Raleigh was the lone FSU representative on the All-Freshman unit after making 53 starts behind the plate. The Cullowhee, N.C., native capped off the regular season with a team-high nine home runs and finished behind only Sansone in RBI (44). Raleigh, who finished with a .313 batting average, was one of four regular Seminole starters who hit better than .300. The switch-hitting backstop enters the ACC Tournament ranked third on the team in slugging percentage (.538), trailing only Sansone and Jackson Lueck.
Florida State opens the 2016 ACC Baseball Championship on Wednesday, May 25 at 11:00 a.m. against fifth-seeded NC State inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).
Below is a complete list of the 2016 All-ACC honorees:
C - Chris Okey, Clemson
C - Zack Collins, Miami
1B - Tristin English, Georgia Tech
2B - Nate Mondou, Wake Forest
3B - John Sansone, Florida State
3B - Will Craig, Wake Forest
SS - Charles Leblanc, Pitt
OF - Seth Beer, Clemson
OF - Kel Johnson, Georgia Tech
OF - Matt Gonzalez, Georgia Tech
OF - Corey Ray, Louisville
DH/UT - Brendan McKay, Louisville
SP - Drew Harrington, Louisville
SP - Brendan McKay, Louisville
SP - Connor Jones, Virginia
RP - Zack Burdi, Louisville
C - Matt Thaiss, Virginia
1B - Preston Palmeiro, NC State
1B - Pavin Smith, Virginia
2B - Nick Solak, Louisville
2B - Johnny Ruiz, Miami
3B - Evan Mendoza, NC State
SS - Taylor Walls, Florida State
OF - Jimmy Herron, Duke
OF - Tyler Ramirez, North Carolina
OF - Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest
DH/UT - Jack Labosky, Duke
SP - Brandon Gold, Georgia Tech
SP - J.B. Bukauskas, North Carolina
SP - T.J. Zeuch, Pitt
RP - Pat Krall, Clemson
RP - Matthew Gorst, Georgia Tech
C - Will Smith, Louisville
1B - Gavin Sheets, Wake Forest
2B - Ernie Clement, Virginia
3B - Blake Tiberi, Louisville
SS - Connor Justus, Georgia Tech
SS - Devin Hairston, Louisville
SS - Brandon Lopez, Miami
OF - Willie Abreu, Miami
OF - Carl Chester, Miami
OF - Josh McLain, NC State
DH/UT - Nick Yarnall, Pitt
SP - Justin Dunn, Boston College
SP - Michael Mediavilla, Miami
SP - Zac Gallen, North Carolina
SP - Parker Dunshee, Wake Forest
RP - Bryan Garcia, Miami
Jacob Stevens, SP, Boston College
Seth Beer, OF, Clemson
Jimmy Herron, OF, Duke
Zack Kone, SS, Duke
Cal Raleigh, C, Florida State
Tristin English, 1B, Georgia Tech
Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech
Devin Mann, 2B, Louisville
Frankie Bartow, RP, Miami
Brett Kinneman, OF, NC State
Matt Vierling, OF, Notre Dame
Yaya Chentouf, RP, Pitt