June 20, 2012
ATLANTA – Three Georgia Tech baseball players earned recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association on Wednesday as Jake Davies, Brandon Thomas and Buck Farmer were named ABCA/Rawlings All-Atlantic Region Second Team.
Davies earned the honor at first base, Thomas in the outfield and Farmer as a starting pitcher. The ABCA All-Region Teams are voted on by head coaches in each region. Since 1984, Tech has earned 64 all-region honors.
Thomas, who has also been named First Team All-ACC, Second Team Academic All-America, First Team Academic All-District and been on both the NCAA Gainesville Region and ACC All-Tournament Teams, played and started in 56 games this season. The Atlanta native posted career numbers in nearly every offensive category, and led the team in batting average (.360), walks (37) and on-base percentage (.481), while posting 15 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 44 RBI and 12 stolen bases. The left fielder ranked fourth in the ACC in batting average and was second in on-base percentage. Thomas was drafted in the fourth round by Pittsburgh, but has yet to sign.
Farmer was a First Team All-ACC pick, and the ace of Tech’s staff finished 8-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 106 2/3 innings. The junior from Conyers, Ga., allowed just 100 hits while posting the third-most strikeouts in the ACC with 115. Farmer, who stands 13th all-time at Tech with 265 strikeouts and 15th with 24 career wins, was named the ACC and National Pitcher of the Week on April 2 after a masterful compete-game shutout of Duke. It stood as the only complete-game shutout in the ACC this season. Of his eight wins in 2012, two came over No. 1 Florida State and No. 6 North Carolina. Farmer was drafted in the 15th round by Milwaukee, but has yet to sign.
Davies ended the season batting .326, led the team with 14 home runs and led the ACC with 73 RBI. The senior was a Second Team All-ACC pick, the Most Valuable Player in the ACC Tournament and the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, as the Yellow Jackets won their eighth ACC title. Davies batted a blistering .438 and slugged 1.250 at the ACC Tournament with four homers, 11 RBI and also pitched a six-inning, two-hit, one-run gem to beat Clemson, 5-1. To go with his .326 average, 14 homers and 73 RBI on the season, the McDonough, Ga., native amassed 11 doubles, and struck out just 24 times in 239 at bats. His 73 RBI are tied for the 14th most at Tech in a single season. The senior was drafted in the 21st round by Boston and signed last week. He made his pro debut this week in the Gulf Coast League.
Tech’s three All-Atlantic Region picks are tied for the second-most in the ACC with Florida State, and are the most at Tech since three picks in 2006.