Petrey gives 2015 baseball class a spark

Every lineup needs a catalyst, someone to get it jump-started on a day where nothing seems to be going right.

Florida State might have found that guy in 2015 outfielder Donovan Petrey (Arcadia, Fla./Port Charlotte). The 5-foot-11, 160-pound left-handed hitter committed last weekend to play for head coach Mike Martin.

"I am really excited about it," said Petrey of his decision. "It has been my lifelong dream to play there since I was a little kid. I always wanted to play at Florida State.

"I have family up there and it is a really nice place. I love the campus and they have a really strong history at Florida State. They have good baseball and it is just a good school."

A fair and decent comparison can be drawn from a former Seminoles outfielder of similar size and demeanor. Tyler Holt, a fan favorite for always taking the extra base and giving it his all, possessed the same attitude.

Both players liked having a good time, too.

"I just play the game like it always is going to be the last," Petrey described. "I play it hard and the way it is supposed to be played. I do play it relaxed and just have fun with it."

Florida, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and UCF were recruiting Petrey before his commitment. Understandable, then, was the excitement of assistant coach Mike Martin Jr. when Petrey said he was coming to Tallahassee.

"They were really, really happy with me and everything like that," said the 2015 standout. "He was really surprised and really thrilled that I was ready to go there."

Sports medicine and accounting are two areas of study Petrey is interested in studying at Florida State.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the year of Petrey's recruiting class.