March 8, 2005
Honolulu, HI – With a 12-game in streak in hand and a season-high number three ranking, the good news keeps pouring in for the Florida State baseball team. Senior captain Aaron Cheesman and sophomore outfielder Shane Robinson were each added to a national award watch list today. Cheesman for the Johnny Bench Award given to the nation’s top catcher and Robinson for the Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year award.
Robinson is in the midst of a 26-game winning streak and is batting .512 on the season. The Tampa, FL native leads FSU in eight major offensive categories and he has already swiped a career-best 22 bases. Robinson joins teammate Ryne Malone of the list. The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by Tuesday, May 24, 2005. The selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals at a press conference in Omaha on Thursday, June 16, 2005.
Cheesman is having the best season of his career. The Sarasota, FL native is hitting .351 and he is third on the team with 18 RBIs. He is second on the team in hits and doubles. He has thrown out more than half of would-be base stealers and his fielding percentage is the highest of his career since assuming starting duties behind the plate. The watch list will be narrowed down to ten semi-finalists, whom will be announced May 17, 2005. The award is presented by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and thirty-seven catchers from sixteen conferences are on the list.
The Seminoles get their first and only day off Tuesday. The Seminoles return to action Wednesday March 9 at 7:00 p.m. Hawaii time and 12:00 a.m. in Tallahassee versus Hawaii Pacific. Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.
Due to the time difference, seminoles.com will be the best place to find game stories from the Hawaii trip as soon as the action ends on top of photo galleries both on and off the field. There is only one place to follow the Seminoles as they trek through Hawaii and that is the official website of the Florida State Department of Athletics.