June 10, 2005
Hattiesburg, MS – The honors keep rolling in for Seminole sophomore Shane Robinson. Just this week he was named one of four finalists for the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy and he has already been named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year. Today has was named District III player of the year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association. He shares the honor with the University of Miami’s Cesar Carillo who was taken with the 18th overall pick in this week’s Major League Baseball draft.
The USA Today/SportsWeekly first team All-American garnered numerous headlines for his FSU record 40-game hit streak but the sophomore outfielder has been producing all season long for Florida State. Robinson is a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award and a candidate for Baseball America’s top honor as well. He is 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 this year.
He leads the nation in runs scored and is the only player in America over 90 in that category. Robinson is second in the nation in hits and at bats, third in steals and on base percentage and in the top five for batting average, doubles, and total bases. The sophomore is the only player in America in the top five in every one of the following categories: on base percentage, average, runs, hits, doubles and total bases.
Just like he did on the national stage, Robinson dominated the ACC as well. Coming into Super Regionals he leads the ACC in batting average by nine points and had more hits, runs, stolen bases and total bases than any player in the conference. He was first in the ACC in on base percentage and fourth in slugging despite being FSU’s lead-off hitter.
FSU has played 71 games this season and in 56% of those games (40), Robinson has recorded two or more hits. He has only been held hitless seven times in 71 games; in more than 90% of FSU’s games this season Robinson has recorded a hit. There has only been one game all season long where Robinson did not reach base in one way or another. He is now tied for third for single season hits at FSU with 121 and Robinson has scored 94 runs meaning the outfielder single-handedly has accounted for 20% of Florida State’s 478 runs.
Robinson and Florida State will open Super Regional play versus seventh-seeded Florida tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Gainesville. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN, which is cable channel 8 on Comcast Cable in Tallahassee. Live Stats will be available for the game along with Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.