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Take A Look Back At The 2006 Baseball Season

July 14, 2006


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2006 Year Highlights



  • Florida State qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 29th consecutive season, which is the second-longest streak in NCAA history. FSU’s 44 tournament appearances are the second-most in the history of DI Baseball.

  • With its run to the NCAA Athens Regional Championship game, FSU moved within two wins of the most Regional/Super Regional wins in NCAA history and the Seminoles have now played 184 games in the Regionals and Super Regionals. More than any school in America.

  • The Seminoles extended two amazing streaks with their run in the ACC Tournament. Florida State is still the only ACC school to win at least one game in every ACC Tournament it has played in. FSU is also on a 15-year streak of winning at least two games in an ACC Tournament. That is the longest current streak of any team.

  • FSU won 17 straight games at one point this season and spent three weeks as the No. 1 team in the nation in Collegiate Baseball’s poll. FSU was the top-ranked team in America in back-to-back weeks in three of the four major baseball polls as well.

  • Bryan Henry was named an All-ACC first team selection for the second straight year. He became the first pitcher in Florida State history to record multiple first team selections.

  • Tyler Chambliss made history as well. The junior was named second team All-ACC. In the process he became the first player in conference history to be named All-ACC as a staring pitcher and as a reliever.

  • Shane Robinson became the first player in Florida State history to reach 100 stolen bases in his career. He finished his incredible FSU career in the top 10 in five different career categories.

  • Robinson wasn’t the only Seminole to have a record-breaking year. First-year starter Dennis Guinn tied a pretty remarkable record when he hit three grand slams in one season. Equaling a feat done just twice before by J.D Drew and Jeremy Morris.

  • Six Seminoles were named to the All-ACC Academic Team meaning they posted at least a 3.0 GPA in both semesters last academic year.

  • Mike Martin eclipsed the 1,400 win plateau and finished the 2006 season with 1,433 victories. It is the fifth-most wins ever by a DI baseball coach.

  • The Seminole head coach was elected to the American Baseball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame. Martin will be inducted in January of 2007.

  • Florida State once again played the nation’s top teams in 2006. FSU played 16 games versus teams that made the College World Series. The second-most of any team in the nation.

  • The Seminoles played the longest game in school history and in the history of the ACC. On May 6, FSU and Wake Forest battled for 20 innings with Florida State eventually winning the game 4-3.

 


BACK AGAIN


Florida State made its 29th consecutive trip to NCAA Regionals in 2006, which is the second-longest streak in the nation behind only Miami (34). Overall, it was Florida State‘s 44th NCAA Regional, which is the second-most ever trailing only Texas. The Seminoles and Longhorns are the only two schools to ever play in 40 NCAA Regional Tournaments. The Seminoles are 147-98 all-time in NCAA Tournament play. Only three teams (Miami, Texas and USC) have more wins in NCAA Tournament play and the College World Series than Florida State and only nine schools in all of college baseball have more than 100 wins in postseason play. This was the first time in a decade that the Seminoles have not hosted an NCAA Regional as they opened the 2006 NCAA Tournament in Athens, GA.


 


TOUGH SCHEDULE


The Seminoles entered the 2006 NCAA Baseball Tournament well prepared. FSU played 29 games versus 10 opponents that were in the NCAA Tournament including 12 games versus No. 1 seeds and six games versus national seeds. Overall, FSU went 15-14 versus the 2006 field. Florida State posted a 7-7 record versus NCAA Tournament teams in games played away from Dick Howser Stadium. In games played at a neutral site versus NCAA Tournament teams the Seminoles went 4-2. FSU played six games versus a conference champion and went 3-3 in those games (Clemson 0-3 and UNC Asheville 3-0). By virtue of the ACC sending four teams to the College World Series, FSU didn’t just play an inordinate amount of games versus the NCAA Tournament field. The Seminoles also played 16 games versus teams that were in Omaha, the second-highest number trailing only Georgia Tech which played 19.


 


OPENING ON THE RIGHT FOOT


The Seminoles opened the 2006 NCAA Baseball Tournament versus Jacksonville marking the fifth time this season the teams squared off. FSU downed the Dolphins 18-0, taking all five games versus JU in 2006. With the victory, Florida State won its 14 straight regional opener, a streak that goes back to 1992. During that streak the Seminoles have been in only one game that was decided by a single run (2005 vs. Army). The Seminoles have an aggregate scoring lead of 146-43 over the 14 game stretch. The largest victory was a 24-6 victory over the Citadel in 1999, which FSU tied in 2006 versus Jacksonville. Under head coach Mike Martin the Seminoles are 24-3 in the opening game of a regional. Prior to Martin’s arrival, the Seminoles were 11-7. 


 


SIMPLY SPECIAL


FSU starting pitcher Bryan Henry is simply special. He is the rare player who not only is dominant on the field but a superior student-athlete off the diamond as well. Henry’s combination of success on the mound and in the classroom put him in rare company. The junior was one of just two players to be named a first team All-ACC selection and make the inaugural All-ACC Academic Team. Clemson’s Josh Cribb was the only other player to accomplish this special feat. That wasn’t the only special accomplishment for Henry in 2006. The junior ace also did something that no player in FSU baseball history has done when it comes to ACC awards. Henry was the first FSU pitcher to ever be named All-ACC first team twice in his career. For the second year in a row Henry finished with nine wins and a sub-3.00 ERA. He once again posted a K:BB of better than 3:1 and his opponent batting average was at .230 or less for the second consecutive season. Ten of Henry’s 18 starts were quality starts and he had a streak of 27 2/3 scoreless innings, the third-longest streak ever at FSU.


 


RARE COMPANY


Dennis Guinn was one of the biggest additions to the FSU line-up in 2006. The sophomore did not have a hit in 11 at bats last year but Guinn won the first base job in preseason and hit .335 with a team-leading 12 homeruns and 69 RBIs. He slugged .585 and his 32 extra base hits led the team. He already had more RBIs than any Seminole collected in 73 games in 2005. Where the sophomore was most impressive though was in clutch situations. His clutch batting average (runners on, runners in scoring position, with the bases loaded and with two outs) was an impressive .357. He led the team with a .402 average with men in scoring position and posted a .412 average with the bases loaded. Guinn was special when he got to the plate with the bases juiced. He tied the FSU single season record for grand slams when he hit his third of the season versus North Carolina at the ACC Tournament. That put him in pretty rare company. The only other Seminoles to hit two grand slams in a year are Jeremy Morris and J.D. Drew and they both did it in 1997. That year both of those players were first team All-Americans. Guinn is the youngest Seminole to ever hit three grand slams in a season though as Drew was a junior and Morris a senior when they set the record.


 


HE GOT IT


Mike Martin crossed another milestone off his to do list with his team’s sweep of Minnesota. With the 12-4 win in the second game of the series, Martin became only the eighth coach in NCAA history to reach the 1,400 win-plateau and only the sixth active coach to do so. Of the eight coaches with 1,400 wins Martin has the fourth-best winning percentage and the second-highest winning percentage among active Division I coaches. Of the top 10 coaches across all divisions for wins, only four coaches have a winning percentage above .700 and Mike Martin is among that group. Martin passed another legend with the team’s second win over Savannah State as he moved into seventh all-time passing Hall of Famer Cliff Gustafson. Overall, Martin ranks third in the DI 1,400-win club behind Stephenson and former Texas coaching legend Cliff Gustafson for winning percentage.


 


GETTING TO THE HALL


Florida State Head Coach Mike Martin has had a remarkable career. He has been honored by every association in the sport of college baseball and had the field at Dick Howser Stadium named in his honor. None of that compared to the honor the American Baseball Coaches Association bestowed on him at the beginning of the 2006 season. Martin received the biggest honor of his career when he was informed the ABCA had elected him into their Hall of Fame. The Seminole boss will be inducted at the annual ABCA convention, which is scheduled to take place January 2007 in Orlando.


 


7-8-9


Florida State came into the ACC Tournament as a sixth-seed and came up just one run shy of a trip to the championship game even though they opened the conference tournament with a loss. FSU defeated two teams that were ranked in the top 10 (Virginia and North Carolina) and another (NC State) that was in the top 25. One of the biggest reasons for FSU’s success in the ACC Tournament was the bottom of the order. Travis Anderson, Tony Thomas, Jr. and Danny Diaz were instrumental in all three of Florida State‘s wins. The three combined to hit .539, knocked in 11 runs, scored 13 runs, collected six extra base hits and slugged .846. The bottom hitters in the order finished the tournament as FSU’s top three hitters. Not only did they finish with the best averages, they scored the game-winning run in every game at the ACC Tournament. Versus UNC, the 7, 8 and 9 hitters each got on to start the ninth inning loading the bases and setting the stage for the walk off win. Versus Virginia the 7, 8 and 9 hitters each had a hit, two had doubles, to start the seven-run inning that broke open a scoreless game and sparked FSU to an 11-0, run-rule victory. In the win over NC State the bottom of the order once again came through. In a 3-3 game, all three recorded base hits as FSU went up 5-3 and won the game 7-3. It is no wonder two of the three Seminoles to make the All-ACC Tournament team batted in the 7, 8 and 9 spots.


 


SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST


There was a huge hole created in the Seminole bullpen when 2005 Stopper of the Year candidate and All-ACC second team selection Tyler Chambliss moved to the starting rotation. Chambliss went on to be named All-ACC second team and was a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award but the gamble wouldn’t have been nearly as successful if weren’t for Luke Tucker. The junior had an absolutely amazing season. Although his nine saves didn’t rank him as one of the top closers in the nation, Tucker’s numbers stack up with anyone. The closer was 2-1 with a 1.06 ERA and if he had enough innings his ERA would have been the lowest in the NCAA. He also posted an opponent batting average of just .128 as well. He appeared in 27 games and pitched at least one inning in 12 straight outings. Tucker threw 34 innings and averaged 1.5 K’s pre inning of work or 13.5 per nine innings. He recorded multiple strikeouts in nine of his last 12 appearances, he had a strikeout in 10 straight games and at least one K in 23 of his 27 games. There were only four games in 2005 where Tucker allowed a run and he gave up just one earned run in his last 27 1/3 innings dating back to March 7. Right-handers hit just .094 off of him and he had a K:BB ratio of better than 3:1. When Tucker came into a game to start an inning he was almost untouchable as only six of 31 batters reached to start off an inning versus the Niceville, FL product.


 


T.A. CAME TO PLAY


Florida State designated hitter Travis Anderson probably hopes he ends up playing for the Jacksonville Suns one day because the junior just tore the cover off the ball at the Baseball Grounds during the ACC Tournament. The All-ACC Tournament selection was a terror at the 2006 ACC Baseball Championships. The junior hit .643, slugged 1.214 and struck out just once in 14 at bats. Four of Anderson‘s nine hits went for extra bases including two homeruns. He led the team in average, slugging, runs scored, hits, doubles, homers and total bases. The Bristol, FL native came into the ACC Tournament with 12 hits all season and recorded nine in the ACC tournament and he only played four of the five games. In 49 at bats he had scored seven runs. At the tournament alone he scored six. He had as many homers as he had all season and bested his season total for total bases (11) by six in just four games played. Anderson played a prominent role for FSU earlier this season before a twisted ankle sent him to the bench in March. He had started eight games up to that point but only started four since returning March 14.


 


                AB          Hits         Runs       2B           HR          TB           RBI         Avg.       Slg.


Season   49            12            7              3              2              11            12            .245         .429


ACC’s    14            9              6              2              2              17            4              .643         1.214


 


STEAL OF THE CENTURY


Shane Robinson has been a terror on the base paths his entire career but it wasn’t until the ACC Tournament that he cemented his name atop the career steals list at FSU. With five steals at the ACC Tournament, Robinson took over first place all-time at Florida State with 99 in his career. The All-American was 32-for-36 in 2006 stealing bases. Last season the center fielder swiped 13 bases before he was thrown out for the first time of the year. This year he stole 11 straight before being caught for the first time. In 2005, Robinson swiped 27 consecutive bases at one point and his longest streak as a freshman in 2004 was 19. Robinson’s average is 34 steals a year, which he came just two shy of reaching in 2006. The junior did however get the one steal he needed in the Athens Regional as he became the first Seminole to swipe 100 bases  in school history.


 


NOTES FROM THE ATHENS REGIONAL


FSU 18 JU 0


Shane Robinson reached base to lead off a game for the 28th time this year. FSU is 23-5 in those games…Robinson tied a single season high with his sixth homerun of the year…Travis Anderson now has as many doubles (3) in the postseason (5 games) as he did in the entire regular season (31 games)…FSU scored double digit runs for the third time in the last nine games…of the 49 games in which Buster Posey has a hit, 26 have been multi-hit games…FSU’s 6-7-8 hitters combined for 13 of FSU’s 18 RBIs…Travis Anderson had a career high 4 RBIs…Ryan Strauss set a career-high with five RBIs…Strauss set a new career high with two doubles in the game…FSU tied a season with five doubles in the game…Michael Hyde has now gone a career-high 12 1/3 scoreless innings…Hyde has lost just once since March 10 0f 2005 covering 31 appearances and 21 starts…Hyde is 3-0 in his career in the postseason with a 0.70 ERA in four starts…this was the most walks a team had versus the JU pitching staff this season…FSU established a new season-high for hits versus JU…Buster Posey tied a career-high reaching base four times in the game…this was the most runs scored by FSU since they defeated Brown 21-5 March 4…this was the fewest hits FSU pitchers have allowed since a two-hitter versus Savannah State April 28…FSU scored six runs in two separate innings for the first time in 2006…FSU’s six runs in the first inning were the most runs the team had scored in the first this year…Travis Burge picked up the first save of his FSU career.


 


FSU 6 UGA 4


Shane Robinson led off the game with a homerun for the first time this season and the third time in his career…Robinson set a new career-high with his seventh HR of the season…Robinson has led off a game by reaching base 29 times this year. FSU is 24-5 in those games…Robinson recorded his 31st multi-hit game of the year…FSU has homered 19 times in the last 10 games…Danny Diaz hit his first homer of the season and the second of his career…Diaz’s homer was the first by a starting catcher at FSU since Aaron Chessman homered versus Miami April 18, 2004. That streak covered 157 games…the three homers FSU hit off of Georgia starter Brooks Brown where the most he has given up in 2006…the six earned runs allowed by Brown equaled a season high…Travis Anderson came into the postseason with two homers in 31 games. He has now hit three in his last five games…Anderson has seven RBIs in his last two games and 11 in the postseason. He had 12 all regular season…Tyler Chambliss fanned double digit batters for the third time this season.


 


UGA 7 FSU 1


Danny Diaz threw out his 13th runner attempting to steal in 49 opportunities…Bryan Henry has pitched seven or more innings in four of his last five starts…Freshman shortstop Buster Posey recorded his 27th multi-hit game of the season. He now has a hit in 50 games with 54% of those being multiple hit outings…FSU is now 5-8 this season in televised games.


 


UGA 3 FSU 2


Buster Posey, Shane Robinson, Travis Anderson and Tyler Chambliss were all named to the All-Tournament Team…Shane Robinson stole the 100th base of his career. He is the only player in FSU history to reach the century mark…Robinson recorded three hits in a game for the seventh time this season…both FSU and Georgia stole the first base off one another in their third meeting of the Regional…Mark Sauls had three K’s looking in the regular season and three in the game tonight…Sauls tied a season high for K’s with four…all five of the hits allowed by Sauls came against just two batters (Joey Side and Jason Jacobs)…Luke Tucker was called for the first two balks of his FSU career tonight…Tucker threw a season high 56 pitches…Tommy Oravetz recorded his fourth hit in 12 pinch hit opportunities…FSU failed to reach 45 wins for the first time since 1980…this is the first time in program history that FSU did not reach the NCAA Super Regionals.


 


STREAKING ACC STYLE


Florida State came up just a run shy of making the final game at the 2006 ACC Championships in Jacksonville, FL. The team’s run all the way to the final four kept two very impressive streaks alive. Florida State is the only ACC school to win at least one game in every ACC Tournament it has played in. With wins over three top 25 teams in the ACC Tournament, FSU also continued a 15-year streak of winning at least two games in an ACC Tournament. That is the longest current streak of any team.


 


DEFENDING DICK HOWSER


With FSU’s win versus Winthrop, the 2006 Seminoles set a new record for the longest home win streak in school history. The previous all-time record was 26 games and that was done by three teams (1968, 1986 and 1991).  The record FSU streak, set in 2006, actually started in 2005 after the team lost on May 1 to Virginia. FSU finished last season with 10 straight wins at Mike Martin Field and then went undefeated at home through the first 22 games. The 32-game home win streak is six better than the second longest such run and the only home win streak of 20 games or more to carry over two seasons.


 


HOME WIN STREAK


32           05-06


26            91, 86, 68


24            03


23            00


20            69


18            01, 99


 


SWEET 17


One of the highlights of the early part of the 2006 season was Florida State‘s 17-game win streak. After starting the season 3-1, FSU won 17 straight games and was sporting the longest win streak in the nation. The record win streak for Florida State was set back in 2002 when that squad won 25 games. Starting the season at 20-1 was the fifth-best start in the history of the program. The school record was set back in 1968 when that team went 24-1. There are only two Seminole teams since 1982 to lose just once in their first 20 games and those were the 2005 (22-1) and 2006 squads.


 


WHAT A FRAME


There were a lot of storylines in Florida State‘s 21-5 win over Brown Saturday March 4. There was Ryne Malone‘s NCAA record-tying two homeruns in an inning. You had Dennis Guinn extend his streak of games with a hit and an RBI to 10. Then there was Barret Browning pitching five innings of one run ball but nothing could overshadow what took place in the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth frame, FSU sent 20 batters to the plate, recorded 10 hits, batted around twice and scored 15 runs, the second-most in an inning in school history. The 15-run fifth highlighted FSU’s 21-5 victory over Brown. In the bottom of the fifth, the Seminoles recorded 10 of their 17 hits. Four players had multiple hits in the inning alone and Buster Posey and Tony Thomas, Jr. each had three at bats. The record for runs scored by an FSU team in one inning was 16 and that was set by clubs in the 1982 and 1992 seasons.


 


EXERCISING THE DEMON DEACONS


There were a lot of memorable moments in 2006 but anyone who was with the team for all 65 games will never forget the Seminoles 4-3 win over Wake Forest May 6. Twenty innings, five hours, 545 pitches and 132 at bats after first pitch, the FSU baseball team won the longest game in school history 4-3 over Wake Forest. The Seminoles got a dominating performance from their pitching staff as seven pitchers combined to hold Wake Forest without an earned run and to shutdown the Demon Deacon offense for 17 consecutive frames. Reliever Barret Browning pitched six innings in picking up the win while Michael Hyde picked up the first save of his FSU career. Dennis Guinn’s RBI double in the 20th clinched the victory in the longest ACC game ever played. While the game may have gone 20 innings beating FSU’s previous record-long game versus Miami (17 innings in 2000) it was a fairly quick day. The Seminoles and Demon Deacons played the 20 inning game in just 3:59. The contest started at 1:03 and was done by 5:02. Compare that to FSU’s 17 inning game versus Miami which lasted 6:07 and did not end until 1:09 a.m.


 


HERE HE COMES TO K THE DAY


If anyone was unsure if All-ACC closer Tyler Chambliss could make the move from the bullpen to starter, the junior took a big step towards erasing those doubts on March 11 versus Maryland. Chambliss improved to 5-0 as a starter that night as he struck out 15 batters in a complete game victory leading FSU past Maryland 6-2. It was the most strikeouts by a Seminole pitcher since March 26, 1997 when Randy Choate also struck out 15 Terrapin batters. The last Seminole pitcher to strikeout more than 15 in a game was Paul Wilson March 10, 1994 when fanned 16 batters. It was the first complete game of Chambliss’ career and the first by a Seminole in the regular season since May of 2004. Chambliss legend only grew the next weekend in Blacksburg. The junior missed his Saturday start due to illness but still took the mound on Sunday despite suffering from flu-like symptoms still and proceeded to make the Hokie batters feel ill. Chambliss struck out 10 more batters marking the first time an FSU pitcher fanned 10 or more in back-to-back games since 1999.


 


157 AND DONE


When you talk about Florida State baseball, there are some amazing streaks involved with the program. The Seminoles have spent over 300 consecutive weeks ranked in the top 25 of the Collegiate Baseball poll. The team has been to 29 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. One streak came to an end though in the Athens Regional and it was a strange one. When Danny Diaz hit his first homer of the season and the second of his career in a 6-4 win over Georgia, it was the first homer by a starting catcher at FSU since Aaron Chessman homered versus Miami April 18, 2004. That streak covered 157 games.


 


POSTSEASON ACE


Over the last two seasons there have been some FSU pitchers that have stepped up in a big way when it comes to postseason play. Bryan Henry threw a complete game in a win over Auburn in the 2005 NCAA Tallahassee Regional. In that same regional Kevin Lynch improved to 12-0 and picked up his 13th straight win in a career-high 4 2/3 inning appearance clinching FSU’s seventh straight trip to Super Regionals. One of the unsung heroes of the last two postseasons though has to be Michael Hyde. The junior continued his postseason mastery in 2006 as he was brilliant versus JU in the opening game of the NCAA Athens Regional. The junior pitched five scoreless innings and limited the Dolphins to just two hits. He tied a season-high with five K’s and walked just one batter as he raised his scoreless inning streak to a career-high 12 1/3 innings. In four career starts in the postseason Hyde ran his record to 3-0 with a 0.70 ERA. He has 18 strikeouts and just six walks. He has pitched twice in the NCAA Tournament and twice in the ACC Tournament and FSU has won all four of those games. The Tallahassee native’s success in the postseason shouldn’t come as a huge surprise as Hyde rarely loses. Hyde has lost just once in his last 21 starts and 31appearances dating back to March of 2005.


 


BUSTING ON TO THE SCENE


Buster Posey came into his freshman season with a lot of hype. The first-year player from Leesburg, GA was never supposed to step foot on the FSU campus as he was regarded as a possible first round draft pick by many experts. Not only did Posey find his way to FSU he made a huge impact from his first day on the diamond. Posey started all 65 games at short for the Seminoles and was named a freshman All-American. Posey finished the season second on the team with a .346 batting average and 85 hits. He recorded 20 extra base hits and was only held without a hit in back-to-back games twice all season long. Posey recorded a hit in 52 of FSU’s 65 games and of those 52 games with a hit, 27 were multi-hit games meaning the freshman was more likely to record multiple hits in a game than one hit. He also surpassed the hit total for FSU’s starting shortstops from 72 games in 2005 in just the first 44 games of this past season. He also drew 38 walks, which is an incredible number for a player in his first season of DI baseball.


 


NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP


Florida State‘s increased production at short stop by freshman Buster Posey was a huge key to the team’s success in 2006 but that wasn’t the only area where FSU got a boost. Three players, two of whom were starters in 2005, greatly increased their contributions from their freshman to sophomore seasons. The growth of Jack Rye, Dennis Guinn and Tony Thomas, Jr. was one of the most pleasant surprises of the season. This trio combined for 222 hits, 41 doubles, 30 homers and they drove in 163 runs. Guinn, Thomas and Rye started 181 of a possible 195 games and each one of them had at least 100 total bases this past year. The improvement from 2005 to 2006 is remarkable when you look at the numbers. These three players contributed 102 more RBIs, 22 more homers and 106 more hits this year than they did in 2005.


 


Guinn, Rye and Thomas


                GS           AVG       SLG         H             R             2B           3B           HR          RBI         TB


2005        130          .274         .418         116          82            25            6              8              61            177


2006        187          .321         .611         222          167          41            8              30            163          369


DIFF       +57          +.047       +.193       +106        +85          +16          +2            +22          +102        +192


 


JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER


Mike Martin is one of the most successful coaches in the history of college baseball. The field at Dick Howser Stadium was named after him on April 2, 2005 during his 26th season as head coach of the Seminoles and in 2007 he will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. Martin, who played center field for the Seminoles in 1996 and 1997, is by far the winningest coach in FSU history. He has led the Seminoles to 12 College World Series appearances and 27 consecutive NCAA Regional Appearances. He has won 15 conference championships since taking over as head coach in 1980 with 11 from the Metro Conference and four in the ACC.  He was six-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year and has been the ACC Coach of the Year four times. In 2006 Martin won his 1,400th game becoming just the eighth coach in NCAA history to reach that milestone. With his win over Wake Forest May 6th he passed Cliff Gustafson and moved into seventh place for all-time wins. Fifty-eight Florida State players have earned All-America honors under Martin and 108 players earned first team all-conference recognition.  He has coached four players, Mike Fuentes, Mike Loynd, J.D. Drew and Shane Robinson, who were named national players of the year. He was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.


 


DRAFT DAY


The Major League Draft is always a bittersweet time of the year for college baseball programs. While every school takes pride in seeing its players drafted, they also stand the chance of losing high profile juniors that coaches counted on for the next season. That was the case with FSU this past June when two-time All-American Shane Robinson was selected in the fifth round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Junior’s Tyler Chambliss, Luke Tucker and Ryne Malone were all drafted as well. The only senior selected was left-handed hurler Barret Browning.



 


FINISHING WITH A FLURRY


Shane Robinson’s remarkable Florida State career came to an end when he signed a professional contract with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The center fielder will go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear the Garnet & Gold. On top of being the only Seminole to ever steal 100 bases, Robinson finished his career in the top ten for runs, hits, doubles, stolen bases and hit by pitches. Robinson is the only player in school history to finish in the top 10 in each one of those five categories. The 2005 National Player of the Year, Robinson once again showed how clutch he was down the stretch for FSU just when the Seminoles needed him the most. In the final series of the year versus NC State and then in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments, the Tampa native had a hit in all 12 games and multiple hits in six of those contests. In his last 160 games, Robinson reached base via a hit or walk 154 times.


 


PLAYING WITH CLASS


There is always two constants when you talk about Mike Martin coached teams. First off they are winners and secondly they handle themselves with class. If you have ever spent anytime with the legendary coach, you know how important it is to him that his players represent their University with pride and dignity. For the second straight season opponents have noticed that and recognized FSU. The ACC Sportsmanship Award has been presented for just three years but for the second consecutive season it has gone to the Florida State baseball team. Teams receiving the award have conducted themselves with a high degree of character and good sportsmanship, as determined by a vote of the league’s players and coaches. The concept of these awards was created by the ACC Student Athlete Advisory Committee in an effort to recognize teams who earned the utmost regard from their peers during competition. As is stated in the conference’s Mission Statement, “It [the ACC] strongly adheres to the principles of integrity and sportsmanship, and supports the total development of the student-athlete and each member institution’s athletics department staff, with the intent of producing enlightened leadership for tomorrow.”


 

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