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Notes: Martin named coach of year, ‘Noles off to summer ball

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Former Florida State baseball head coach Mike Martin officially capped his legendary 40-year career by being named the Baseball America 2019 Coach of the Year. It is the second time the publication has named Martin its Coach of the Year and first since 2012.

“For his strong coaching job this season and in recognition of an unparalleled career, Martin is the 2019 Baseball America Coach of the Year,” Teddy Cahill wrote as part of Baseball America’s story.

Last month, Florida State announced it would induct Martin into the school’s athletics Hall of Fame as part of its 2019 class. Martin was also named the Perfect Game/Rawlings Coach of the Year and the ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after leading the Seminoles to the College World Series for the 23rd time in school history.

Martin capped his career with 2,029 wins, the most for any coach in any sport in NCAA history. He won at least 40 games and reached the NCAA Tournament in each of his 40 years leading the ‘Noles.

Flowers signs with Pirates

Closer J.C. Flowers, a fourth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates, signed with the team on Monday. The Pirates selected the junior, who had 13 saves in 2019 in his first college season on the mound, to be a pitcher.

All three drafted juniors – Drew Mendoza, Drew Parrish and Flowers – have now signed.

Ten Seminoles in Summer Ball

After wrapping the season in Omaha for the 23rd time in school history, 10 Seminoles began playing for summer ball leagues throughout the country. The full list of ‘Noles participating in summer action is below.

Player                          2020 Class            Team                                       League
De Sedas, Nander      Sophomore          MV Sharks                         New England CBL
Drohan, Shane          Junior                 Falmouth Commodores         Cape Cod
Grady, Conor            Junior                 Hyannis Harbor Hawks         Cape Cod
Hungate, Cade          Sophomore          New Market Rebels              Valley
Martin, Robby           Sophomore          Cotuit Kettleers                   Cape Cod
Nelson, Mat              Sophomore          Falmouth Commodores         Cape Cod
Ruckdeschel, Chris     Sophomore          Boca Raton Blazers              South Florida CBL
Scolaro, Jonah           Junior                 Hyannis Harbor Hawks         Cape Cod
Swanson, Cooper       Junior                 Chatham Anglers                 Cape Cod
Van Eyk, CJ              Junior                 Falmouth Commodores         Cape Cod

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