FSU Baseball: 5 Seminoles earn postseason honors

Florida State baseball just wrapped up their regular season schedule and what a turnaround season it has been. The Noles won 39 games in the regular season compared to just 23 a year ago. However, the job is not finished as they turn their focus to the ACC tournament and postseason play.

It was a team effort to get FSU baseball back where it belongs, but a few individuals stood out with a strong performance in the regular season. Those players earned some well-deserved recognition with the announcement that five Seminoles were named to the All-ACC teams.

James Tibbs III

It’s no secret that Florida State’s Junior outfielder has had a monster season so far. Tibbs led the ACC in home runs (24), RBI (78), OPS (1.340), total bases (168), and slugging percentage (.840). He also finished top 10 in the conference in batting average (3rd – .385), on-base percentage (4th – .500), hits (5th – 77), runs (7th – 61), doubles (8th – 17), and walks (9th – 42).

The impressive stat line not only earned him a first-team All-ACC selection but also the ACC Player of the Year! Tibbs will be Florida State’s ninth POTY and head coach Link Jarrett’s fourth. “Mr. Tibbs,” as he’s affectionately known by FSU faithful, has started all 53 games this season. He’s been fun to watch and is one of the best hitters in college baseball. Tibbs provided more than just a spark at the plate with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage after committing zero errors this season.

Jamie Arnold

Florida State’s Ace, Jamie Arnold, also earned first-team All-ACC honors after a tremendous year on the mound. During the lefty’s breakout sophomore season, he led the Noles with a 9-3 record and 124 strikeouts. His 2.42 ERA led the ACC and opposing batters only managed a .220 average when facing Arnold.

He finished tied for second in the ACC in earned runs allowed (22) despite pitching over 25 more innings than the other two pitchers in the top 3. Arnold also finished tied for fewest home runs allowed (4), once again pitching 25 more innings than the other two pitchers who allowed the same number.

Cam Smith

FSU’s standout third baseman, Cam Smith, earned second-team All-ACC honors after a stellar regular season performance. I’m kind of surprised he only finished with a second-team selection.

Cam’s .400 batting average was second in the ACC and the highest for a Seminole since 2009. His 70 runs and 88 hits were also second in the conference. He finished the regular season with 13 home runs and a .668 slugging percentage. Cam was fifth in the league in on-base percentage (.484) and sixth in doubles (18) and total bases (147). He also started all 53 games for the Seminoles.

Jaime Ferrer

One of two third-team All-ACC selections, Jaime Ferrer finished the regular season with a .305 batting average, a career-high 15 home runs, and 46 RBI. He finished top 35 in the ACC in OPS (1.026) and slugging percentage (.616). Ferrer is no stranger to postseason awards after being selected to the 2022 All-Freshman team. 

Marco Dinges

Alongside Jaime Ferrer, Marco Dinges also earned third-team All-ACC honors. Dinges performed well in a crucial role serving as the Seminole’s primary designated hitter. He finished the regular season with a .307 batting average, 12 home runs, 9 doubles, and 45 runs scored. Dinges was second on the team in RBI (56) and walks (32).

Final Thoughts

It’s been a solid rebound season for FSU baseball, so far. These individual awards are well deserved for a group of players who had a big impact on the Seminoles’ success this season. They almost eclipsed the 40-win mark in the regular season, swept both in-state rivals, and now have an opportunity to go win some hardware in the postseason.

As great as the individual awards are, I’m sure that every one of those 5 players would trade it all for a trip to Omaha. So, we’ll celebrate their hard work in earning these achievements and wish them luck in postseason play. Thanks for reading and Go Noles!!

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