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IT’S A WRAP: One Last Look Back At The 2005 FSU Baseball Season

July 7, 2005


  • 2005 Baseball Season Wrap-Up in PDF Format

  • WHAT A YEAR


    When FSU began preparing for the 2005 season this spring, there were more questions than answers with the young squad. Twenty-six of the 34 roster players had one year of experience or less at Florida State. The Seminoles were looking at a true freshman playing second and short and a first-year sophomore at third. The most experienced player in the infield was Ryne Malone at first and he was just a sophomore. Florida State lost three of its top four hitters, a consensus first team All-American and 20 of its 45 wins on the hill. They were unranked by Baseball America and attempting to defend their conference title with perennial power Miami now in the mix. None of that seemed to matter though. The 2005 edition of Seminole baseball won 53 games, had a 13-game win streak, started the season 21-1, won another regional championship without suffering a loss while advancing to super regionals for the seventh straight season (one of just two teams to advance to every super regional since the format was instituted in 1999) and once again finished in the top 15. They replaced a consensus All-American (Eddie Martinez-Esteve) with a National Player of the Year (Shane Robinson). They found a bullpen led by a 12-0 senior (Kevin Lynch) that answered the bell almost every time they were called upon. They managed to play defense at a level not seen in 15 years and most of all they became a team. Head Coach Mike Martin’s youngest team in 26 years was admittedly his most enjoyable team in 26 years. They may not have reached their goal of Omaha but nobody who watched this group will ever say they didn’t give everything they had trying to get there.


     


    OH HENRY!


    The rise of sophomore Bryan Henry to the top of the Seminole rotation was one of the keys to FSU’s success in 2005. The Tallahassee product led FSU in 2005 with eight quality starts despite starting just 11 games on the hill and all eight quality starts came in consecutive games. Only two FSU pitchers recorded back-to-back quality starts all season and they had done it on just four occasions combined. Henry did it in eight straight starts. He finished the regular season the No.1 pitcher in the ACC for ERA, ERA in conference games and opponent batting average in ACC play. His ERA was more than three-quarters of a run less than any other ACC player in overall games and in ACC games alone heading into the NCAA Tournament. Henry was also third in the nation for ERA entering Super Regional play. Before his outing at Super Regionals, Henry had gone more than two months without suffering a loss.


     


    THEY ALL AGREE


    When Shane Robinson picked up first team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches’ Association and Rawlings, he completed a clean sweep. It was the fifth first team All-America award bestowed on the sophomore. The Tampa native is the fifth consensus first team All-American in school history and the second sophomore in a row to accomplish the rare feat (Eddie Martinez-Esteve did it in 2004). It is the first time in program history that two Seminoles have ever been named consensus first team All-Americans in back-to-back seasons. Robinson joined J.D. Drew, Marshall McDougall, John-Ford Griffin and Eddie Martinez-Esteve as the Seminoles’ only consensus first team All-Americans. Robinson, J.D. Drew and Martinez-Esteve are the only sophomores on that list.


     


    FSU’s National Players of the Year


    Mike Fuentes    1981     SR


    Jeff Ledbetter   1982     JR


    Mike Loynd      1986     SR


    J.D. Drew        1997     JR


    Shane Robinson 2005     SO


     


    TWO HIT OR NOT TWO HIT


    Florida State capitalized on every opportunity they had in their opening NCAA Regional game against Army. The Seminoles were victorious 3-2 as they recorded only two hits in the entire game. The last time Florida State recorded two hits and left that game with a win was April 23, 1993 on the road against Miami. Seminole starting pitcher Paul Wilson only needed one run of support thanks to two hits from the Seminoles offense to beat Miami 1-0.  Florida State‘s official line from that game was 1-2-1 and Miami‘s was 0-4-1. In the 12 years between two-hit wins Florida State has only recorded two hits in a game three times. In that same span Florida State has five victories when they have recorded three hits in a game.


     


    DOG FIGHT


    Florida State and Texas are the two most successful programs in the history of college baseball in almost every category and the two powerhouses are once again squaring off in a fight over another record. After Super Regional play, the two teams are first and second for the most program victories in NCAA Regional/Super Regional play. Texas leads the nation with 123 wins and FSU is close behind in second with 120 victories. They are the only two schools in NCAA Baseball history with 120 or more wins in NCAA Tournament play (not including the World Series). Only three schools have ever won more than 100 Regional/Super Regional games and two are from the ACC (FSU & Miami). Texas has been in regional play six more times than the Seminoles giving the Longhorns an average of 2.5 wins per appearance compared to 2.8 for FSU. The Hurricanes lead both schools winning an average of 3.12 games per tournament appearance.


     


    NCAA TOURNAMENT WINS


    Texas                           123


    Florida State                  120


    Miami                           112


    USC                             92


    Oklahoma State             87


    Arizona State                77


    LSU                             77


    Stanford                        76


     


    Texas and Florida State aren’t just the nation’s top program’s historically, they have also been the best this decade. Since 2000, no team in America has more wins than Florida State University, which has won 312 games. The Seminoles’ 312-108-1 record is nine games better in the win column than Texas‘ record of 303-113. Along with South Carolina, FSU and Texas are the only schools with more than 300 wins in the 2000’s. Of the top 10 schools for wins in the 2000’s, none has a better winning percentage than FSU’s .741.


     


    RECORDS SINCE 2000


    FSU                 312-108-1        .741


    Texas               303-113            .728


    South Carolina   301-110            .732


    Rice                 291-102            .740


    Nebraska          288-110            .723


    Wichita State    282-129            .686


    Notre Dame      279-103-2         .731


    Stanford            279-108            .730


    Oral Roberts     278-98              .739


    Georgia Tech    276-110            .715


     


    JUST FIVE


    When Shane Robinson was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year he joined some impressive company at FSU. Robinson is one of just five Seminoles ever to win any national player of the year honor and the first to do it since 1987. Robinson is also the first sophomore ever at Florida State to win the award and the last sophomore to win the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year was Kevin Mench of Delaware in 1998. He and Robinson are the only two sophomores to win the award in the last 15 years. The last Seminole to win player of the year was current LA Dodger J.D. Drew and he is the only other FSU player to win the honor from Collegiate Baseball. Robinson was a semi-finalist for the Baseball America and Brooks Wallace awards.  He was also a finalist for the Dick Howser Awards and was in Omaha, NE for a live presentation of one of the top honors in all of college baseball.


     


    STEPPING UP


    It is hard to find the words to express just how good Tallahassee Regional Most Outstanding Player Bryan Henry performance was in big games. Every time you think you had seen it all, the Tallahassee native did you one better. A prime example was his win over Auburn in the winner’s bracket of the 2005 NCAA Tallahassee Regional. After pitching seven or more innings in five straight starts, Henry’s previous two outings were 6 1/3 each. Then he pitches the biggest game of his young career to that point and throws FSU’s first nine-inning complete game in a year. The last Seminole pitcher to throw a complete game was Eddie Cannon in the opening game of the 2004 NCAA Regionals. Hunter Jones was the only other Seminole to pitch a complete game in 2005 but it was a seven inning affair as part of a double header. Last season Rhett James was the only other Seminole to throw a complete game. In the last three years, Henry is one of only five FSU pitchers to throw a nine-inning complete game.


     


    Overall, Henry recorded wins versus Florida, Miami, Virginia, North Carolina, NC State and Auburn. Each and every one of those teams was in NCAA Regionals, two were in Super Regionals and Florida ended their season as the CWS runner-up. In eight starts on the hill versus NCAA Tournament teams, Henry went 6-2 with a 2.80 ERA. He recorded 37 strikeouts and just 14 walks in those 61 innings pitched. He also held opposing batters to an average of just .243. Six of those eight starts were quality starts and five times in those eight games he allowed one earned run or less.


     


    CLOSING TIME


    What a way for four-year senior Kevin Lynch to finish his career at Mike Martin Field. The senior improved to 12-0 and picked up his 13th straight win in a career-high 4 2/3 inning appearance clinching FSU’s seventh straight trip to Super Regionals. It was Lynch’s 46th appearance of the season and there was none more memorable. The Ft. Pierce, FL native stood on the mound in the eighth and handed the ball to his best friend Matt DiBlasi and then walked off to a standing ovation from almost 5,000 fans. He even got a curtain call as the Dick Howser faithful thanked him for each one of his record 136 career appearances.


     


    AGAINST THE FIELD


    Florida State topped the 50-win plateau for the 22nd time in school history in 2005 and it came against a schedule that featured 36 of the Seminoles’ 73 games coming against the NCAA Tournament field with FSU posting a record of 21-15 in those games. Almost 50% of FSU’s 2005 schedule was played against the NCAA Tournament field. Of those 36 games, 19 were played in Tallahassee where FSU dominated the regional competition going 15-4. The Seminoles played 10 games versus national seeds (Florida and Georgia Tech) and 16 games versus teams seeded No. 1 in their regional (Miami, Clemson, Florida and Georgia Tech). Florida State played nine series (three or more games) against teams in the NCAA Tournament and FSU won five of those nine series against regional teams including one over the CWS runner-up (Florida). Florida State played 16 games against four teams (Georgia Tech, Clemson, Miami, and Florida) who appeared in a NCAA Super Regional. During the season Florida State won two of the four series against teams playing in a NCAA Super Regional (Clemson and Florida).


     


    WHAT A YEAR


    It really is hard to fully illustrate the type of season Shane Robinson put together in 2005. The consensus first team All-American garnered numerous headlines for his FSU record 40-game hit streak but the sophomore outfielder produced all season long for Florida State. Robinson was a candidate for all four national player of the year honors and won Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year Award. He became the first player in FSU history to record 100 hits and steal 40 bases in the same season and was the first player in the nation to reach the 100-hit plateau in 2005. FSU played 73 games in 2005 and in almost 55% of those games (40), Robinson recorded two or more hits. He was only held hitless eight times all season, meaning in more than 90% of FSU’s games Robinson recorded a hit. Even more amazingly, there were only two games all season where Robinson did not reach base in one way or another. He finished tied for third for single season hits at FSU with 122 and Robinson scored 96 runs meaning the outfielder single-handedly accounted for 20% of Florida State‘s 484 runs. Added to his 43 RBIs, Robinson either drove in or scored almost 30% of FSU’s runs in 2005. 


     


    LEADING THE CONFERENCE AND THE NATION


    Shane Robinson finished the season ranked in the top 10 of eight major offensive categories in the final NCAA rankings. He led the nation in runs scored and hits. He also recorded the fourth-highest on base percentage, the sixth-best batting average, the third-most steals and the seventh-most total bases. He was the only player in America to be ranked in the top 10 in average, on base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, total bases, walks and steals.  He was also one of only two players to lead the NCAA in two separate offensive categories. Robinson’s national success also translated to success inside the ACC. The Tampa, FL native won the ACC Batting Title and had more hits, runs, stolen bases and total bases than any player in the conference. He finished the year leading the ACC in on base percentage as well.


     


    WALKING AWAY WITH A WIN


    One of the trademarks of the 2005 Seminole baseball team was its ability to win close games despite being such a young team. FSU was 19-6 in games decided by one or two runs for a .760 winning percentage. That means the young Seminole team won a higher percentage of close games (one or two runs) than they did in all the other games on their schedule (34-14 .708). Not did FSU win close games they won games in dramatic fashion. Florida State won nine games in their final at bat and six were walk-off wins. Three of Florida State‘s six walk-off wins came against North Carolina and the other three came against VMI, Auburn and Clemson.


     


    LYNCH IN A PYNCH


    Senior relief pitcher Kevin Lynch got Florida State out of more bases loaded jams in 2005 than you can count on one hand. Lynch entered the game for Florida State on ten different occasions with the bases juiced and got the Seminoles out of the jam without allowing a run to score seven times including six in a row.


     


    Lynch’s streak of six began on February 23 against Stetson and ended against Miami April 23. Lynch appeared against Stetson, Hawaii-Pacific, Hawaii, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Miami all with the bases loaded and got out of each one with out allowing a run to score. During that period Lynch appeared in those six games with two outs in the inning five times and zero outs once. Lynch recorded a combined four strike outs to get the Seminoles out of those six bases loaded jams.  After Lynch’s streak came to an end against Miami he went right back to work against Maryland when he entered the game with one out in the eighth and the bases loaded and proceeded to get the first hitter he saw to hit into a double play. Lynch has entered the game with the bases loaded and gotten the Seminoles out of the jam twice in the fourth, once in the fifth, three times in the sixth and once in the eighth.


     


    SETTING IT OFF


    Being the lead-off guy is a tough job. When you are the first batter to hit in a game you don’t get the benefit of watching the pitcher throw before you step in. You don’t get advice from a teammate on how to approach that guy or on what he throws. On top of all that you are expected to get the offense started. It’s no problem if you are Shane Robinson. The sophomore was in the one hole every game in 2005 for Florida State and in the 73 games he led off the outfielder reached base 42 times via a hit, walk or hit by pitch. That means over 57% of the time he led off the game by getting on base. Robinson hit .436 (24×55) and slugged .654 (36×55) in the first at bat of games in 2005. He had 16 singles, six doubles, two home runs and 17 walks. Of the 42 times he got on base in the first, he came around to score FSU’s first run of the game 25 times. Maybe the most amazing stat is the fact that Robinson had just five strikeouts all season when leading off a game.


     


    POSTSEASON SUCCESS


    Since the NCAA moved to a regional format, no active coach in Division I baseball has more wins in the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Super Regionals than FSU’s Mike Martin. The Seminole boss has 86 of FSU’s 120 NCAA Tournament wins (not including the World Series). He is the only active coach in America with over 80 wins in regional/super regional play. No active D1 coach is even within 10 games of catching Martin. Legendary Texas Head Coach Cliff Gustafson is the all-time leader with 93.


     


    PICK SIX


    As much as things changed for the 2005 FSU baseball team as far as new faces were concerned, many of the constants that defined the program’s success remained. One of the areas where that was obvious was in the All-ACC selection process. At the 2005 ACC Awards Banquet, six Seminoles picked up All-ACC honors marking the seventh straight year where five or more FSU players have been named either All-ACC first or second team. Shane Robinson and Bryan Henry led the way garnering first team honors. Tyler Chambliss, Aaron Cheesman, Kevin Lynch and Ryne Malone were all named second team. FSU trailed only ACC champion Georgia Tech for the most student-athletes honored from one school. Five of the six Seminoles received All-ACC honors for the first time in their careers and FSU was the only school to receive All-ACC honors for two of its relief pitchers. Overall, only three relief pitchers in total were selected to the All-ACC team.


     


    IN DEFENSE OF THE DEFENSE


    Coming into 2005, one of the biggest questions was how the defense was going to be especially in a very young infield where no starter had more than a year of experience from first to third. Despite a few lapses, the biggest surprise with the 2005 edition of Seminole baseball had to be the team’s fielding. Florida State started freshmen exclusively all season long at second and short and a first year player at third for half the season yet the team’s .970 fielding percentage was the second-best ever recorded by a Seminole squad. It was also the top fielding percentage posted by an FSU team since the 1994 squad set the record at .974.


     


    RANKINGS


    The 2005 Seminoles, despite coming into the season ranked no higher than 16th and even unranked in one poll, managed to finish the 2005 campaign among the top 15 teams in the nation for the 12th straight season. After spending the first three weeks of the season unranked by Baseball America, FSU finished 16th in that publication’s final poll. The Seminoles finished in the top 15 of all three other polls with its highest ranking coming from the NCBWA at No. 11. The Florida State baseball program finished 15th in Collegiate Baseball‘s poll and has now been ranked in 292 consecutive Collegiate Baseball polls, the most of any Atlantic Coast Conference school. The last time FSU was not ranked according to that publication was May 2, 1988. The Seminoles opened up 2005 ranked 18th in the poll.


     


    CAPTAIN AMERICA


    July 4, 2005 was special for Seminole All-American Shane Robinson. The sophomore outfielder spent his Fourth celebrating his selection to the US National team as he was picked to represent his country with Team USA. Robinson is the 13th Seminole to wear the Red, White and Blue and the first since Doug Mientkiewicz in 2000. He was also one of six ACC players to make the squad. Robinson will spend the entire month of July and the beginning of August of 2005 traveling to Japan, Taiwan, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina and North Carolina as a member of the US National Team. Robinson joins J.D. Drew, Mientkiewicz, Paul Wilson, Chris Roberts, Mike Martin, Jr. and seven other Seminole greats as FSU players who have made Team USA. Mientkiewicz was the last Seminole to play for Team USA and was a key contributor to the squad’s gold medal performance in the Sydney Olympics. Florida State has a long history with Team USA and recently FSU was ranked as the sixth-most successful program in terms of supplying players to Team USA. Four of the top seven schools are from the ACC in the survey conducted by USA Baseball.


     


    ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE…AGAIN


    For the second straight season Ryne Malone gave Seminole fans a reason to be excited to see the Gainesville, FL native get back out on the diamond. As a freshman in 2004, Malone ended his rookie campaign with an 11-game hitting streak. In 2005 he finished off even stronger with a 16-game hit streak that he will carry into the 2006 season. No Seminole came into 2005 with more expectations put on his shoulders than Malone and despite a slow start the infielder delivered on those expectations. After facing JU march 20, Malone was hitting just .223. With 29 games gone the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year candidate started to turn his season around in a big way. Malone hit .367 over the next 44 games with a team-leading 16 doubles, 45 RBIs, 102 total bases and a monstrous .604 slugging percentage. He led the team in slugging, RBIs, doubles, triples and total bases over that stretch. He was also second on the tem in batting average, on base percentage, runs scored, hits and walks and third in home runs. Considering where Malone was almost 40% of the way through the season, the fact he finished the year with more runs, hits, doubles, RBI’s and total bases then he amassed as a freshman All-American tells you how good a player Malone is and the type of junior season he can have.


     


    SLAMMING THE DOOR


    An appearance by ace reliever Tyler Chambliss was a welcome sign for the Seminoles in 2005. The sophomore was on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year watch list and the Roger Clemens Award watch list. He finished 2005 with the fourth-most saves in the NCAA. Seventy-seven percent of the time that the right-hander entered the game, Florida State came away with a victory (30-of-39). In 22 of those appearances, the Live Oak native came away with a save (15) or victory (7). The sophomore didn’t have enough innings pitched to qualify for the NCAA stats for K’s but his rate of 12.55 would have placed him fifth in the nation. Chambliss did some of his best work when the game was on the line as he allowed only nine of the 24 runners he inherited to score.


     


    MR. RELIABLE


    Senior middle reliever Kevin Lynch not only carved his place in the FSU record books with his record 136 career appearances he helped FSU win ball games almost every time he took the hill in 2005. Nobody on the team had anywhere near his record-setting 46 appearances. He led the ACC in that category and finished the season second in the nation. Lynch now owns the single season appearance record, the single season relief appearance record, the career appearance record and the career relief appearance record. Lynch didn’t just pitch a lot, he pitched effectively. Of the 60 runners he has inherited in 2005 only nine scored. Lynch led FSU with 12 wins, was second in the ACC in victories and seventh in the nation in that category. He recorded 18 holds (coming into a game with the lead and leaving with the team still leading) as well but his biggest contributions came in games Lynch kept close that FSU went on to win. Of his 46 appearances, there were just three occasion where Lynch came into a game with FSU winning and the Seminoles did not go on to get the victory (3/11 Hawai’i, 5/20 NC State & 5/26 Georgia Tech). That means 93% of the time the senior took the field with the Seminoles leading FSU won the game.


     


    DON’T FORGET ABOUT LYNCH


    With Cesar Carillo, Jonathan Hovis, Andrew Miller, Robert Woodard and Stephen Faris in your conference and Bryan Henry on your own team, it is easy for a pitcher to get overshadowed but what Kevin Lynch accomplished in 2005 was probably one of the great overlooked stories of the season. If it were not for Shane Robinson having a national player of the year season, you would be hard pressed to find anyone wearing Garnet and Gold who wouldn’t say Kevin Lynch was the MVP for FSU in 2005. The senior middle reliever went 12-0 in 46 appearances with a 2.03 ERA. His 12 wins led the team and put him second in the conference with the likes of Carillo, Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard. Lynch led all FSU pitchers with an opponent batting average of .199 and his 67 K’s were fourth-best on the staff among all pitchers. The senior was one of the biggest reasons for FSU’s success in 2005 and if you don’t believe it just look at the wins and losses. Florida State went 36-10 in games where Lynch pitched meaning when Lynch stepped on the mound, the Seminoles won over 78% of the time. As amazing as that is, what Lynch did in ACC play was even more spectacular. The Ft. Pierce native appeared in 19 of FSU’s 30 ACC games and posted a 4-0 record, an opponent batting average of .161 and an unbelievable ERA of 1.08 which led the team. Lynch was a few innings shy of qualifying for many ACC statistical categories but if he were eligible his ACC ERA and his opponent batting average would both have easily been the best in the conference.


     


    REBUILDING?


    The 53 wins posted by the 2005 Seminole baseball team was quite an accomplishment. Yes FSU benefited from playing extra games in Hawai’i but the bottom line is the 2005 team won eight more games than the 2004 squad and finished fourth in the nation for the most wins by any team. Second, FSU posted the fourth-longest win streak in America this season (13 games) and they are currently in the midst of the third-longest home winning streak in DI Baseball at 10 games. This team found ways to get the job done and the proof of that is the 2005 team’s average margin of victory was 2.2 runs per game. Not a big number but one that illustrates how tough this team is in close games. Third, FSU’s winning percentage (.726) was the ninth-best in the nation and better than anybody’s in the ACC. Fourth, FSU had success against some of the best teams on their schedule. Florida State went 24-16 versus teams in the top 100 of the RPI, which is a .600 winning percentage and FSU was a very respectable 14-14 versus teams in the top 20 of the RPI with 20 of those 28 games coming against teams in the final top 10 of the RPI.  FSU had series wins over four teams ranked in the top 18 of the RPI and went 4-3 overall in regular season series victories over the RPI Top 20.


     


    GOING TO CAROLINA


    One of the most memorable home series of the 2005 season was the Seminoles sweep of North Carolina and the show Ryne Malone put on that weekend. The sophomore absolutely tore up Tar Heel pitching in the series. Versus the Heels, Malone hit .615, slugged 1.308, drove in nine runs, scored six runs and hit a double and a triple on top of his two home runs. He reached base almost 69% of the time versus UNC and he did not strikeout once all weekend against the Carolina staff. Oh and don’t forget he hit a walk-off three-run home run with FSU trailing by two runs. He hit the game-winning homer with two outs in the inning when he was down to his last strike. It was nothing new for Malone against North Carolina. In his two seasons as a Seminole (eight games versus UNC) Malone is hitting .545 and slugging 1.151 against the Heels. Five of his 19 career homers have come against UNC and he has 14 career RBIs, three doubles, a triple and 38 total bases against the guys in Carolina blue.


     


    TWO HIT OR NOT TWO HIT


    Florida State capitalized on every opportunity they had in their opening NCAA Regional game against Army. The Seminoles were victorious 3-2 as they recorded only two hits in the entire game. The last time Florida State recorded two hits and left that game with a win was April 23, 1993 on the road against Miami. Seminole starting pitcher Paul Wilson only needed one run of support thanks to two hits from the Seminoles offense to beat Miami 1-0.  Florida State‘s official line from that game was 1-2-1 and Miami‘s was 0-4-1. In the 12 years between two-hit wins Florida State has only recorded two hits in a game three times. In that same span Florida State has five victories when they have recorded three hits in a game.


     


    BALLIN’ ON THE BIG ISLAND


    The way FSU baseball finished its almost two-week trip to Hawaii cast a pretty dismal sense of the entire trip but playing .667 on a 12-day road trip is nothing to frown about. There were plenty of individual performances that stood out over the two-week trip as well. Shane Robinson continued to lead the way for FSU. On the two week Hawaii trip, the sophomore hit .514 with a team-leading three doubles and four RBIs. He slugged .600, was on base 61% of the time and fielded a perfect 1.000. He also swiped nine consecutive bases and scored a team-high 14 runs. Freshman Jack Rye really found his swing as well and left Hawaii as FSU’s new clean-up hitter. The California native hit .481 and led the team with eight RBIs. He was 2-for-2 with the bases loaded and 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position. In a more limited role due to the play of Rye, fellow newcomer Ruairi O’Connor had a nice trip. He hit .429 and slugged .857. O’Connor was the only Seminole to homer in Hawaii and he did that at Aloha Stadium.


     


    THREE TIMES A HOMER


    The fifth inning versus Jacksonville was memorable in more ways than one. Both Tony Thomas, Jr. and Bryan Henry hit the first homers of their FSU careers that inning and Ryne Malone joined them as FSU went yard three times in the frame. It was the first time since June 1, 2003 versus South Alabama that an FSU team has done that. On that day Tony McQuade, Tony Richie and current assistant Jerrod Brown all homered. Henry, Thomas and Malone joined a list that includes some of the greatest players ever to wear Garnet & Gold when it comes to three home runs in one inning. In 2002 Ryan Barthelemy (2) and Stephen Drew accomplished the feat versus FAMU. The Seminoles went deep three times in an inning in 1999 as well. This time it was versus Maryland and the homers came from Marshall McDougall, John Halliday and Kevin Cash. In 1997 J.D. Drew, Jeremy Morris and Scott Zech did it against UCF.  Of the 11 FSU players that have been part of a three homer inning since 1997, two have been first round draft picks, two are playing in the majors, four were first team All-Americans and seven received All-American honors during their careers.


     


    CUTTING IT IN THE CLASSROOM


    Florida State senior catcher Aaron Cheesman was named a first team Academic All-District selection by ESPN The Magazine Friday. This is the second straight season that Cheesman was named a first team selection. The Sarasota, FL native is the only player on the first or second team with a 4.0 GPA. He will now represent District III on the national ballot as he looks to repeat as an Academic All-American after being named to the second team in 2004.


     


    Cheesman is the 2005 ACC Weaver James Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship winner and is a four-time member of the ACC Honor Roll and a second team Academic All-American. He has been the Golden Torch Award winner for baseball four times and he has been on the President’s List for obtaining a 4.0 GPA two times and the Dean’s List for a 3.5 GPA on three occasions. The fifth-year senior graduated Cum Laude in May 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree as a double major in Finance & Real Estate and is now pursuing his Master’s Degree in FSU’s Sports Administration Master’s Degree program. He finished his first year of graduate work with a GPA over 3.9.


     


    THAT’S 57


    Shane Robinson’s 40 game hitting streak was simply amazing. It was the longest such streak in FSU history, the second-longest in ACC history and tied for the eighth longest in NCAA DI history. While that streak came to an end versus Clemson April 3, there is another streak Robinson kept alive with his fifth inning walk in that game. After failing to get a hit, Robinson reached base safely in the next 17 games to extend his on base streak to 57 straight games dating back to May 20, 2004. The streak came to an end at Georgia Tech April 16 and lasted a full year. The last time Robinson played in a game where he didn’t get on base before that was May 16, 2004 versus Duke. He had 237 at bats during the 57-game streak and reached base 145 times, which means he has reached base over 61% of the time he had an at bat over those 57 games.


     


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    For more than a quarter century as FSU head coach, Mike Martin has defined Seminole baseball. Under his guidance, Florida State is one of, if not the premiere collegiate baseball program in the nation. His teams win every year, his players graduate and go on to pro ball and he runs his program with the class that is expected from a legend of the game.


     


    Martin is a Florida State graduate and has been associated with the school’s baseball program for 33 of its 58 seasons. He spent two seasons as a Seminole outfielder, five as an assistant coach and just completed his 26th year running the program. Of the 3,144 baseball games played in program history, Martin has been involved in 2,251. Even more impressive is the fact that he has been involved in 1,675 of FSU’s 2,286 all-time victories. That’s over 73% of Florida State‘s victories have come with Martin as a part of the program.


     


    In 2005 Martin set yet another career milestone. With the Seminoles victory over VMI February 6, Martin passed Southern Cal legend Rod Dedeaux and moved into sixth place all-time for wins by a Division I coach. He has 26 straight winning season at FSU and Florida State once again spent the entire season ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation. The Seminoles’ streak of 289 consecutive weeks ranked in the Collegiate Baseball poll is one of the most amazing stats in Martin’s unrivaled tenure as are the 22 50-win seasons that have all come since he took over the program along with the fact he has gone to a regional and/or a super regional in each and every one of his 26 years on the bench.


     


    Martin’s Florida State program is the winningest program in all of college baseball this decade. Since the 2000 season, no other school in America has amassed as many wins as FSU’s 312. Of the top 10 schools in wins this decade, none has a higher winning percentage than Martin’s Seminoles as well. The legendary FSU Head Coach once again led his squad to the NCAA Regionals for the 26th consecutive season and his Seminoles are now  one of only two programs in NCAA history to advance to Super Regionals every year since the format was instituted.


     


    Martin not only led his squad to team success in 2005, he also once again proved he is one of the top shapers of talent in the game. Shane Robinson was the fifth National Player of the Year to play for Martin and also the fifth consensus first team All-American. In just the last two seasons alone, Martin has coached two sophomores (Martinez-Esteve and Robinson) who have garnered consensus first team All-American honors. With Robinson’s inclusion on the Team USA roster this summer, the Seminole coach has now tutored 12 -players that have gone on to wear the Red, White & Blue.


     

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