May 22, 2005
Lubbock, TX – Shane Robinson captivated college baseball earlier this season with his 40-game hit streak but since then the Florida State sophomore has continued to open eyes. He has already been named SEBaseball.com’s ACC Player of the Year and been invited to Team USA National Camp. He is also been on all four watch lists for national player of the year. As the regular season concluded those watch lists now start to narrow the field. Robinson was already named a semi-finalist for the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy and now he has made another semi-final list. The Tampa, FL native was named a semi-finalist Sunday evening for the Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award.
Robinson is one of 13 players on the list and the only ACC field player to be named a semi-finalist. He captured the conference’s regular season batting title yesterday and he led the league in runs scored, stolen bases and on base percentage. Overall he finished in the top 10 in hits (2nd), doubles (4th), slugging percentage (5th), walks (6th) and total bases (7th). He was one of only three players to finish the regular season in the top three for batting average, slugging percentage and on base percentage and the only one to lead two of those three categories.
In raw numbers alone (no averages), Robinson led the ACC in hits (the only player over 100), runs (the only player over 70 and he had 87), steals (the only one over 30 and he had 47) and total bases (the only player over 150).
Robinson hasn’t just been leading the ACC. The outfielder ranks among the best in the nation statistically as well. He was the first player in America to reach 100 hits and still leads the nation. He is also first in the NCAA in total runs. He is third overall in steals, fourth in doubles and on base percentage and fifth in average and total bases.
The annual award banquet will be held on Thursday, June 30th at 7 p.m., and hosted at the United Spirit Arena, on the campus of Texas Tech University. Information regarding the sale of individual tickets, as well as group and corporate tables to the VIP event, is available by calling (806) 723-8232 or via the
The CBF National Selection Committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals, with an announcement in Omaha on Thursday, June 16, 2005. The finalists, with their head coaches and parents, will be invited to Lubbock, TX, for a golf tournament and a schedule of related activities, in addition to the award banquet. The trophy and winners will become part of the permanent display in the College Baseball Hall of Fame Museum under construction in Lubbock.
Florida State returns to action Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in Jacksonville as they open ACC Tournament play. The 10th-ranked Seminoles will meet No. 15 North Carolina who just took two of three games from ACC regular season champion Georgia Tech. For more information on the ACC Championship, log on to the official website for FSU athletics at www.seminoles.com.
2005 Wallace Award Semi-Finalists
Shane Robinson, Florida State, OF, Soph., Tampa, FL
Lance Broadway, TCU, P, Jr., Grand Prairie, TX
Ryan Patterson, LSU, OF, Sr., Rowlett, TX
Cesar Carillo, Miami, P, Jr., Chicago, IL
Trevor Crowe, Arizona, OF, Jr., Portland, OR
Ricky Romero, Cal State Fullerton, P, Jr., East Los Angeles, CA
Jacoby Ellsbury, Jr., Oregon State, OF, Jr., Madras, OR
Alex Gordon, Nebraska, 3B, Jr., Lincoln, NE
Luke Hochevar, Tennessee, P, Jr., Fowler, CO
Brian Bogusevic, Tulane, P/DH, Jr., Oak Lawn, IL
Brian Pettway, Ole Miss, OF, Jr., Vicksburg, MS
Seth Johnston, Texas, SS, Jr., Boerne, TX
Ian Kennedy, USC, P, Soph., Huntington Beach, CA