May 18, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State, the top seed in this week's ACC Baseball Championship in Durham, N.C., placed a combined five student-athletes on this year's All-ACC first and second teams as announced Monday, May 18 by the Atlantic Coast Conference. It marks the 14th time in 18 years of playing in the ACC that Florida State has received at least five all-conference honorees. Earning first team All-ACC recognition was Tyler Holt (OF) and Sean Gilmartin (SP), while Stephen Cardullo (SS), Mike McGee (UT) and Jason Stidham (2B) were named to the second team.
Head coach Mike Martin was named the ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Seminoles to the No. 1 overall seed and their third consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title in 2009. After starting the season 9-7 and 1-3 in the conference, Martin led Florida State to a 31-7 record to close out the regular season including an 18-6 mark in the ACC. This marks the sixth time in his career that Martin has been named the league's top coach (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2009).
Holt played in all 54 games finishing the regular season batting a team-high .402. The sophomore centerfielder enters the ACC Tournament as the league leader in on-base percentage (.527), runs scored (74), walks (49) and stolen bases (31). He also ranks third in average and fourth in hits with 80. Holt registered multiple hits in 23 of the 54 games as he tied a career-high with five hits against Auburn back on February 27. In his two seasons at Florida State, the Gainesville, Fla., native has been successful in getting on base reaching in 116 of 122 career games. Holt's selection to the All-ACC first team marks the seventh consecutive year that a Seminole outfielder has earned a spot on the first team.
Gilmartin was one of two freshmen to earn on a spot on the All-ACC first team in 2009. The freshman southpaw went 10-2 during the regular season with a 3.71 ERA and one save. He worked 77.2 innings in his first year on the mound for the Seminoles registering 72 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .222 average. Gilmartin registered the team's first complete game in the final weekend of the regular season against Grambling State. The Moorpark, Calif., native becomes just the second freshman in Florida State history to earn first team All-ACC honors (Jason Stidham, 3B, 2007).
Cardullo was named a second team shortstop falling into his own at the position after making the move on March 17 against Florida. In his first year as a regular starter for the Seminoles, Cardullo hit .370 in 53 games with 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBI. The Coral Springs, Fla., native currently ranks in the top 10 in average (9th), walks (4th), runs scored (4th), stolen bases (t-5th), on-base percentage (5th) and slugging percentage (10th). Cardullo finished with the highest batting average in league play hitting .419 in 28 games. He is also one of 15 semifinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award presented to the nation's top collegiate shortstop.
McGee earned second team recognition as a utility player pulling double duty as both an outfielder and a pitcher for the Seminoles in 2009. He posted a .363 average in 51 games leading the team in home runs (16), RBI (65) and slugging percentage (.738). McGee finished the regular season as the league leader in RBI, while ranking in the top 10 in slugging percentage (3rd), home runs (4th), on-base percentage (6th) and total bases (8th). On the mound, McGee went 5-2 in 13 appearances including 11 starts with a 4.18 ERA. He posted 58 strikeouts in 60.1 innings, while recording a career-high 12 strikeouts in the regular season finale against Grambling State.
Stidham received second team accolades earning All-ACC honors for the second time in his career. The Palm Bay, Fla., native hit .340 on the year making 54 starts including 38 at second base. He finished the regular season leading the team in doubles (19), while tying for the team lead in sacrifices with 11. Stidham currently ranks in the ACC in three offensive categories including doubles (t-4th), walks (t-7th) and RBI (8th). He also leads the team with two walk-off hits this year recording ninth inning, game-winning hits against North Carolina and North Florida.
Florida State and North Carolina each recorded five all-conference selections to tie a league-high.
Florida State will open the ACC Baseball Championship on Wednesday, May 20 at 4:00 p.m. against Boston College.
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