Jan. 5, 2006
Durham, NC – The preseason honors continue to roll in for Seminole junior Shane Robinson. For the third time this preseason, Collegiate Baseball’s 2005 National Player of the Year has been projected as a first team All-American in 2006, this time by the writers at Baseball America. Robinson was a semi-finalist for the magazine’s national player of the year award last season and was a consensus first team All-American in 2006 as well.
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.
The magazine also released its first poll of the year Thursday. The Seminoles checked in at No. 15, one spot higher then where they finished the season in Baseball America’s poll. Five ACC teams are ranked among the top 25, with three of those teams in the top six. Clemson leads the way at No.2, Georgia Tech is fourth and North Carolina sixth. After FSU, NC State is in the poll at No. 23. The only Seminole opponent that is not in the ACC appearing in the poll is Florida, which will begin the year with a lofty ranking of No. 3.
The Seminoles will begin preparations for opening day this Sunday. Florida State will open the 2006 season at home February 3 when Charleston Southern comes to Tallahassee for a three-game series.