October 13, 2005 - by
FSU Baseball Wraps Fall Practice With Games Thursday And Friday

Oct. 13, 2005


Tallahassee, FLFor the 20th season the Florida State baseball team will wrap-up fall practice with the Garnet & Gold game. This year’s game will take place Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The intra-squad scrimmage is open to the public and will be the first chance for fans to see FSU’s 2006 squad in action. The team will also play a 3:00 p.m. game Thursday that will feature returning pitchers and fans are welcome to attend this scrimmage as well.


 


“Friday will be a great chance for the fans to see a lot of new guys and it is an exciting time for all of us,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We have had great weather this fall and accomplished a lot. This game will be a great opportunity for the fans to see some of our new pitchers. We are anxious to see how these young guys play with people in the stands. Fans will see a team that is young and will get better through out the season.”


 


The Garnet & Gold game is the best chance the coaches have to see how their plays, especially the newcomers, will perform with fans in the stadium. For 20 years it has been the annual conclusion to the fall team practices but to Martin the game serves a bigger purpose than just being Tallahassee‘s first look at the 2006 team.


 


“I want to see how the guys react,” said Martin. “It is very important that they compete hard. I don’t care if it is a scrimmage. Play the game right. Do the little things it takes to win. Do what it takes to help your team win. Florida State baseball is about team and I am very excited every time each one of these guys puts on a Florida State uniform for the first time.”


 


Some of those new faces that are scheduled to take the hill are Caleb Graham, Travis Burge, Jimmy Marshall, Luke Tucker and Neil Malpass. Fans will also get a chance to see duel threat Buster Posey take the mound. The AFLAC All-American is leading the race to take over starting short stop duties for FSU in the fall but he led the 2004 USA Junior Olympic Team in innings pitched while posting a 1.23 ERA. Fans will also be able to get a second-look at Brent Marsh who pitched in the game as a freshman at FSU.


 


“Friday is a great opportunity for us to see the young pitchers throw,” said Martin. “I am very pleased with the young guys, especially our short stop Buster Posey. He has played very solid for us and is also a very good pitcher. He will devote most of his time to playing short and Tony Thomas has helped him out a lot in playing that position.


 


“This will give us a chance to see how they are adjusting to this level of baseball. Many times the guys come in and are a little intimidated. Theses young men were a little nervous the first few days. Now they are starting to settle in and be comfortable with their surroundings. Now we can start to see their true talent.”


 


While much of the focus will be on the new faces in the Seminole line-up there will be plenty of returners on the diamond as well. Collegiate Baseball’s reigning National Player of the Year Shane Robinson, All-ACC first team selection Bryan Henry, who will DH on Friday, Ryne Malone and Jack Rye are just a few of the field players that starred for FSU in 2005. Fans who are able to make the game will get a chance to see familiar faces in new places like Ruairi O’Connor in left field and All-ACC reliever Tyler Chambliss starting a game on Thursday rather than finishing it.


 


This year’s team will not have a senior starting at any position in the field but will return players like juniors Malone and Robinson that have started almost every game over the last two seasons. Martin will have another experienced catcher behind the plate in junior Danny Diaz and sophomores Rye and Thomas returning for their second season at the same position.


 


“I like the experience we have on this year’s team,” said Martin. “We have a good group of guys coming back. We will never replace an Aaron Cheesman. He was one of the best senior leaders we have ever had. What you hope is Danny Diaz, Kyle Maxie or Brady Thomas get back there and do the little things that will help us be successful. By the time we get midway through the season you will see the leadership developing from Danny Diaz who was behind Cheesman and saw how he did things.”


 


GARNET & GOLD GAME LINE-UPS


 


Garnet                                      Gold


Robinson CF                             Thomas 2B


Malone 3B                                Rye RF


McArdle 1B                              Posey SS


O’Connor LF                            Guinn 1B


Spivey DH                                Malpass CF


Diaz C                                      Anderson LF


Gildea RF                                 Cleveland 3B


Stuyverson SS                           Maxie C


Oravetz 2B                               Thomas C


Henry DH                                Reichert DH


 


GARNET & GOLD GAME ROTATION


 


THURSDAY


Garnet                                      Gold


Henry                                       Chambliss


Hyde                                        Browning


Sauls                                        Strauss


Kelley                                       Ochs


DiBlasi                                     Chambers


 


FRIDAY


Garnet                                      Gold


Graham                                    Burge


Marshall                                   Marsh


Echols                                      Tucker


Malpass                                    Posey

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