Dec. 19, 2005
Columbus, OH – Coming into the 2005 baseball season Shane Robinson wasn’t listed as a preseason All-America or on the watch list for a single national award. How things have changed. After taking home Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year award and five first team All-America honors in 2005, the preseason honors are now rolling in for the Tampa, FL native. The Seminole centerfielder was named a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America’s (NCBWA) preseason first team All-American as the only returning finalist for last season’s Dick Howser Trophy. He is joined by teammate Tyler Chambliss who was pegged a preseason second team All-American by the national writers.
Robinson is coming off a dream season that saw him establish the ninth-longest hitting streak in NCAA history at 40 games. He was named just the fifth consensus first team All-America in school history and he was either a semi-finalist or finalist for every national collegiate baseball player of the year award. As a sophomore, Robinson led the nation in hits (122) and runs scored (96). He finished the season ranked in the top five nationally for hits (122), runs (96), on base percentage (.532), doubles (25), steals (49), steal attempts (56), games played (73) and games started (73). He was the only player in America to finish in the top five in hits, runs, doubles and stolen bases. The centerfielder also ranked in the top 10 nationally for walks (57), total bases (173), and batting average (.427). No player in America finished 2005 ranked in the top five of more offensive categories than Robinson.
Robinson won the ACC batting title in 2005 and had more hits, runs, stolen bases and total bases than any player in the conference. The junior had a total of 40 multi-hit games in 2005 including 18 three hit games and 22 two hit games giving him multiple hits in almost 55% of FSU’s games last season. Robinson recorded a hit in more than 90% of the Seminoles’ 73 games last year and there were only two games all season where he failed to reach base.
Chambliss is coming off the best season of his career as FSU’s closer where he was named an NCBWA third team All-American. In 2005, the sophomore was a member of the watch lists for the Roger Clemens and NCBWA Stopper of the Year Awards and was an All-ACC second team selection. He led the conference and was fourth in the nation with 15 saves. He finished the year just three saves shy of the single season record at FSU. Chambliss appeared in more than 40% of FSU’s 53 wins last season and his 39 appearances were the sixth-most in the nation.
The Seminole baseball team opens the 2006 season Friday, February 3 versus Charleston Southern. Season tickets are currently on sale at the official site for FSU Athletics, www.seminoles.com.