Jan. 22, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – The 18th-ranked Florida State baseball team wrapped up Saturday’s fan day festivities with a full squad Garnet & Gold scrimmage. The Seminoles’ young players continued to shine including freshman shortstop Nick Francis and sophomore Brant Peacher. Returning starter Shane Robinson had a multi-hit game and senior Kevin Lynch looked strong in his inning on the mound. Quotes and notables from the scrimmage are located below.
R H E GOLD 4 8 0 GARNET 1 6 1
GOLD GARNET Manasa, 2B Robinson, CF Peacher, LF Rye, RF Diaz, C Malone, 1B Wardell, RF Henry, 3B Guinn, 1B Chapman, LF Cleveland, 3B O'Connor, C Gildea, CF Jernigan, SS Francis, SS Thomas, 2B
PITCHERS Strauss Hyde Ochs DiBlassi Lynch Kelley Jackel Henry Chambliss
*Wardell started the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first.
*Peacher recorded his second hit of the game on a double in the top of the second.
*Francis drove in a run with an RBI single in the top of the third.
*Lynch was perfect in the fourth with just one base runner reaching due to an error.
*Cleveland hit the game’s only home run in the top of the fifth when he blasted a shot off the scoreboard in left.
*Francis recorded another hit in the fifth and Peacher followed with an RBI single to pick up hit number three on the day.
*Jernigan drove in Henry in the bottom of the fifth for the Garnet team’s only run. Henry reached that inning on a single.
*Robinson recorded another base knock in the bottom of the sixth.
*Defensive gems were turned in by Gibbs Chapman in left stealing a home run away up against the wall and Tony Thomas, Jr. at second who ranged to his left to stab a shot that was headed into the outfield.
“I think it was a good test for us today. When your team is made up of 70% freshmen and sophomores it is good to get them to play in this environment. I was very pleased overall and thought it was a great day for Florida State baseball.
“I thought the hitters showed we have to be more disciplined. We have shown that we make a lot of quick outs early in a game, first pitch swinging. We have to be more patient. Pitchers get in a groove if they get a lot of quick outs and we have always been a team that is very disciplined in getting into the count and making the guy work. Later in today’s scrimmage we did a better job.
“I like the attitude of this club. Their work ethic is outstanding and it is time to play somebody else. There is no question our pitchers know our hitters very well.
“I was very pleased with the majority of our pitchers. Our pitchers need to learn to change speeds and become more consistent with location.” Head coach Mike Martin
“I have come out and taken a little bit more of a leadership role compared to last year. I feel more comfortable on the field with the players and coaches. I plan to come out here and lead by example. Hopefully I get the younger guys going.
“Defense will be a big key for us. We have a lot of young guys in the field. It is going to be a big factor especially in close games. I have a lot of faith in our young guys. They show up to practice everyday and work hard. We should be OK.
“I worked on staying more focused at the plate during the offseason. I got a little better at the end of last year because I got more focused and started to think about what pitches were coming. I just need to keep picking out good pitches to hit. I learned a lot this summer in the Cape as well. Facing those guys with a wood bat leaves you no room for error.” Shane Robinson
“I was just trying to come through with plays today. It worked out for me. I was out there trying to stay focused and it was a pretty good day.
“I am so excited to get started. I am ready and when the season gets here I am just going to continue to try and do my best everyday.” Nick Francis
“This is a young team but to be honest with you, this group is real mature. It will be about taking responsibility. We have two freshmen fighting it out at short. The starting second baseman will more than likely be a freshman. The right fielder will be a freshman. You just have to trust in them and hopefully they will grow up quick but there is talent on this team.
“This is one of the strongest pitching staff’s I have been around and coach Shouppe has worked hard with us. This group has made tremendous jumps since they have been here. I think you could pick any pitcher in this dugout to come in at any point of a game and we will be O.K. Just like today. Everyone came out and did their job.
“If you compare me to a lot of our pitchers I don’t throw 90 MPH like they do or have the curve ball that these guys do. I just go out there and compete. That is what I am trying to pass on to the young guys. They players we face are our age. They aren’t monsters. You just go out and compete. You do the best job that you can do. You can’t be scared and timid when you take the mound.” Kevin Lynch
“Mark Sauls has done a lot of work. He is not a mechanically clean guy but he never will be. The closer we can get him to being clean, the better off he will be as far as location. He has good stuff. He is probably throwing upper 80’s now but has the capability of throwing low 90’s once his arm gets in shape. He is a big strong guy. He is always healthy. A very durable player. He has earned the right to be our number one guy going into the season. We expect him to get us to the seventh inning of every Friday game.” Pitching coach Jamey Shouppe
“The team is looking really good. We are working really hard trying to get ready for Friday.” Ryne Jernigan