June 17, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State junior outfielder James Ramsey not only set the tone for the Seminoles on the field, but in the classroom as well.
Ramsey was selected the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Friday and joined three of his Seminole teammates on the All-ACC Academic team.
It's the most recent in a long line of honors for Ramsey, whose performance on the field has earned him first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors. The Alpharetta, Ga. native was also selected first-team Capital One (CoSIDA) Academic All-American.
"It's a very deserving honor for one of the outstanding leaders on the 2011 team and the unquestioned leader of the 2012 team," Florida State coach Mike Martin said. "We anxiously await his decision of whether he will opt for professional baseball or return for his senior season."
He is the third Seminole to be honored as the top Scholar-Athlete in the 2010-11 academic year, joining Jennifer Dunn (cross country) and Kim Williams (indoor track).
Ramsey led the Seminoles in batting (.364), hits (91), RBI (67), total bases (145) and shared the team lead in home runs (10). He leads the league in hits and total bases and ranks eighth or better in eight offensive categories. Ramsey was drafted in the 22nd round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.
A finance major with a minor in religion, Ramsey is also among the school's leaders in community service hours while serving as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has earned a spot on FSU's Dean's List on six occasions and is a two-time recipient of the Seminoles' Golden Torch Award, presented to the team member with the highest grade point average.
Joining Ramsey on the All-ACC Academic Baseball team is fellow two-time selection, sophomore second baseman Devon Travis (marketing), and first-time honorees, senior catcher Parker Brunelle (mechanical engineering) and sophomore pitcher Robert Benincasa (finance).
Candidates for the All-ACC Academic team awards must maintain a 3.0 grade point average for each of the last two semesters.
Collectively, Martin's FSU squad narrowly missed posting a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
"Our academic performance is a direct reflection of our administration and the tremendous job that is done by our academic support team under Jason Pappas' leadership and our advisor, Brian Mand," Martin said.