June 15, 2011
By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State juniors Sean Gilmartin and James Ramsey were instrumental in leading the Seminoles to the brink of the school's 21st College World Series, and on Tuesday they were recognized for their outstanding seasons.
Gilmartin, a left-handed pitcher selected No. 28 overall by the Atlanta Braves in the MLB Draft, was selected first-team All-American by Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Ramsey, who led the `Noles in virtually every offensive category and was chosen in the 22nd round of the draft by the Minnesota Twins, was honored as a third-team All-American by both outlets.
"I'm pretty happy with the way things went for me this year," said Gilmartin, who finished 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA. "There were some things that could have happened differently at the end that didn't work out, but that is baseball. "I basically set myself up for this to happen this year, and put the team in the best possible position to return to the College World Series."
Gilmartin, who has already earned first-team All-ACC and first-team College Baseball All-America honors, ranks as one of the top pitchers in the Florida State history. He ranks seventh in school history with 321 career strikeouts, eighth in career wins (33-13) and starts (50), and 10th in innings pitched (330.0) With 130 strikeouts and 21 walks this season, the Moorpark, Cal. native set a new single-season school record with a 6.19 strikeout-to-walk ratio, breaking the old mark set by Jeff Hill in 1969 (6.00).
It was quite a bounce-back season for Gilmartin, who spent three seasons at FSU's No. 1 starter, but was coming off a difficult 9-8 campaign as a sophomore. His growth and development began as a member of Team USA last summer.
"There was a lot (of growth), from taking last year as a whole learning experience ... maturing with my attitude and staying within the moment," he said. "As much as I grew this year, I think there's a lot more for me to accomplish."
Gilmartin is also a semifinalist for National Pitcher of the Year honors and the Dick Howser Award.
Ramsey experienced a similar upward swing in his second full season as FSU's starting right fielder, establishing new single-season career highs in virtually every statistical category while serving as the Seminoles' cleanup hitter.
Ramsey led the team in batting (.364), hits (91), RBI (67), total bases (145) and shared the team lead in home runs (10). A first-team All-ACC selection, he leads the league in hits and total bases and ranks 8th or better in eight offensive categories.
"Ever since we got back from Omaha last year, to have the type of year I had this year, there were things I felt like I had to do," Ramsey said. "I went home to Atlanta and put myself in position to be a leader of the team on and off the field. ... To turn out the way it did, I wasn't surprised, but I was glad it paid off the way it did."
He authored a 24-game hitting streak this past season, which ranks 10th in school history, and had a 53-game streak of successfully reaching base.
Ramsey, who also earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, is among the school's leaders in community service hours while serving as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
While Ramsey's long-term plans are unclear, he intends to play baseball in the Cape Cod League this summer before determining his future.