The Week in FSU Baseball: Holton Named First Team All-American
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore Tyler Holton was named a first team All-American by D1Baseball.com, the organization announced Thursday morning. The Tallahassee native was previously named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and Perfect Game, and a third team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Holton was also a first team All-ACC selection as one of the league's top three starting pitchers.
Holton is 10-2 with a 2.25 earned run average in 17 starts this season. Holton's 139 strikeouts are the ninth-most in FSU single-season history, and the most since Mike Ziegler's 149 in 2000. Holton ranks in the top 10 nationally in walks and hits per inning pitched (eighth, 0.89), strikeouts (fifth), hits allowed per nine innings (eighth, 5.54) and wins.
Holton leads the ACC in wins and is second in strikeouts, and leads an FSU staff that has 618 strikeouts this season, third-most in the country and the team's most since 2000 (631).
Five times in 2017 Holton was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, tying Mike Rogers of NC State in 2004 for the most times honored in one season. Holton was at his best against ranked opponents this season, allowing just seven earned runs in 53.1 innings (1.18 ERA) in seven opportunities.
Holton is the first Seminole to have six games of 10 or more strikeouts in a season since Jonathan Johnson in 1995, and is FSU's first 10-game winner since Scott Sitz and Brandon Leibrandt in 2013.
Against No. 20 Wake Forest, Holton did not allow a runner to reach second base. Against No. 8 North Carolina, Holton did not allow a hit, getting pulled after seven innings. In the elimination game against No. 23 UCF in the Tallahassee Regional, Holton tied his career high with 13 strikeouts in FSU's 6-1 win.
Holton is FSU's 44th first team All-American, and the Seminoles first starting pitcher to earn first team honors since Sean Gilmartin in 2011. This is the third consecutive year FSU has had a first team All-American (DJ Stewart, 2014 & 2015; Taylor Walls, 2016).
As a freshman, Holton was named a second team Freshman All-American as a utility player by Baseball America and D1Baseball.com.
Nine Seminoles Selected in 2017 MLB Draft
Over Tuesday and Wednesday, nine Seminoles heard their names called in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. The nine Seminoles selected are the most for the school since having 10 taken in 1995.
FSU's nine draft picks in 2017 are tied for the fourth most among Division I programs.
2017 MLB Draft
Taylor Walls – 3rd Round, 79 overall – Tampa Bay Rays
Dylan Busby – 3rd Round, 88 overall – Pittsburgh Pirates
Quincy Nieporte – 26th Round, 773 overall – Philadelphia Phillies
Cobi Johnson – 29th Round, 865 overall – Los Angeles Angels
Drew Carlton – 32nd Round, 965 overall – Detroit Tigers
Alec Byrd – 33rd Round, 986 overall – Colorado Rockies
Andrew Karp – 34th Round, 1035 overall – Chicago Cubs
Tyler Holton – 35th Round, 1049 overall – Miami Marlins
Jim Voyles – 38th Round, 1144 overall – St. Louis Cardinals
Noles Arrive in Omaha for College World Series
Florida State arrived in Omaha Thursday afternoon for the College World Series, beginning Saturday afternoon. FSU will face LSU in the Saturday night game, while Oregon State and Cal State Fullerton will face off earlier in the day from the same side of the bracket.
FSU will hold its first practice in Omaha Friday morning before Opening Ceremonies kick into gear Friday evening.
FSU reached the College World Series for the 22nd time after beating Sam Houston State in the Super Regionals. This is FSU's first trip to Omaha since 2012.For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).