May 28, 2006
Jacksonville, FL – After reeling off three straight wins versus Top 25 teams in the ACC Tournament and advancing to the semifinals, three Seminoles were voted to the All-ACC Tournament team Sunday. Junior Danny Diaz was one of two catchers named to the team while freshman Buster Posey was named the tournament’s top shortstop and Travis Anderson got the nod at the DH/Utility position. In other award news, junior outfielder Shane Robinson was named an All-American by the College Baseball Foundation.
Robinson was a consensus first team All-American in 2005 and named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year. This season he is hitting .350 with 31 steals and 74 runs scored. The outfielder is third in the nation in runs scored and leads FSU in batting average, runs, hits, triples and stolen bases. This past week he became the all-time stolen base leader at FSU when he swiped his 99th career base.
All three Seminoles named to the All-ACC Tournament team are first time selections and each is in his first year as a starter for Florida State. Travis Anderson was one of the biggest stories at the 2006 tournament. The junior hit .643 and slugged 1.214. He recorded nine hits in four games and four went for extra base hits as he collected two doubles and two homers. Anderson had 17 total bases and he struck out just one time in 14 at bats to go along with four RBIs. He also led the team with six runs scored.
Diaz had the best five game stretch of his season. The catcher batted .500 in five starts and recorded four of FSU’s seven sacrifices. He had five hits including a double and he was second on the team with five RBIs. Diaz caught all five games for FSU, including two on the same day in the semifinals, and committed just one error.
Posey may not have had the highest average on the team but the freshman All-American candidate had a huge tournament. The Leesburg, GA native hit .389 and led FSU with six RBIs. He slugged .556 as he recorded a double and a triple. Posey did not commit an error all weekend and his 10 total bases were third-most on the squad.
Florida State trailed only ACC Champions Clemson for All-ACC Tournament selections this year. FSU has now placed 40 players on All-ACC Tournament teams in 15 years, for an average of almost three players per tournament. That is the best mark of any team in the conference. Florida State is one of only two schools with 40 or more All-Tournament selections trailing only Clemson who has competed in 33 ACC Tournaments.