June 12, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State freshmen Ryne Malone and relief pitcher Brian Schultz were named Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-Americans Friday afternoon. Sophomore outfielder/designated hitter Eddy Martinez-Esteve and junior shortstop Stephen Drew already earned All-America honors earlier this month by the publication. Schultz was one of only two ACC pitchers honored alongside North Carolina’s Daniel Bard, while Malone was the only freshman ACC position player to make the list.
Schultz (7-1, 4.07 ERA) earned the recognition as a starting pitcher, while Malone was the only freshman ACC position player to make the list. He was third on the team with seven wins, tied for first with 30 appearances. He held opponents to just a .235 batting average with 58 strikeouts and 27 walks in 59.2 innings of work.
Malone, who has seen time at first, second and third base, hit seven home runs in the month of March and trails only Martinez-Esteve (19) and Drew (17) with 12 home runs on the year. Malone is currently hitting .332 with a .618 slugging percentage including 15 doubles, three triples and is third on the team with 54 RBI. He was named to the second team All-ACC and also voted to the Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament team.
Florida State looks to keep its season alive in the NCAA Super Regional at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday against Arkansas.