Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU Sweeps Top ACC Awards; Thomas, Henry and Martin Each Earn League Honors

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU Sweeps Top ACC Awards; Thomas, Henry and Martin Each Earn League Honors

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

TALLAHASSEE - With its No. 1 seed in hand, Florida State will arrive at the Baseball Grounds for Wednesday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament well-adorned in league honors.

After tying the ACC record for the most league wins, the Seminoles (46-9, 24-6) swept the top three league honors. Junior second baseman Tony Thomas Jr. and senior pitcher Bryan Henry were selected as the ACC's player and pitcher of year, respectively, on Monday.

Not surprisingly, Mike Martin collected his fifth coach of the year award in a vote of his league peers.

"It's just starting to sink in," Thomas said, before Monday's practice. "It's just a great accomplished and [only] a select list of players have been named."

Thomas, who leads the ACC in seven offensive categories, is just the fourth Florida State player to earn the award, joining J.D. Drew, John-Ford Griffin and current Jacksonville Suns infielder Marshall McDougall.

Henry has fashioned a 14-0 record to go along with a 2.50 earned run average. The right-hander leads in the league in strikeouts and innings pitched, and is two victories away from tying the ACC record for most victories in a season.

Martin credited his players and his staff for enabling him to collect the coaching honors.

"I'm really just old-school, and awards are not important to me," Martin said. "Getting to the College World Series and seeing our young men get off that plane and to see Rosenblatt Stadium for the first time, that's what I enjoy more than anything else."

Before the Seminoles can embark on that quest, they will have to get through the ACC Tournament, which opens Wednesday. FSU, which meets Wake Forest (7 p.m.) in its opening-round game, is the undisputed tournament favorite.

The tournament festivities begin Tuesday night with an awards banquet.

"When they're at the banquet, the other team is going to be looking at them and have incentive [to beat FSU]," Martin said. …

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