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Weekend Wrap-Up For No. 15 FSU Baseball

Feb. 14, 2005


FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY BASEBALL NOTEBOOK


February 14, 2005


 


CURRENT RECORD: 8-1 (0-0 ACC)


RECORD LAST WEEK: 3-1


CURRENT STREAK: Lost one


 


LAST WEEK’S RESULTS


Friday (2/11/05) – FSU 7 Auburn 3 (9)


Saturday (2/12/05) – FSU 6 Auburn 5 (9)


Sunday (2/13/05) – Auburn 9 FSU 2 (9)


 


UP NEXT


vs. St. Joe’s (2/18-2/20)


 


NOTE OF THE WEEK


A lot of people expected Florida State to struggle offensively in 2005 as they tried to replace Stephen Drew and Eddy Martinez-Esteve but so far that hasn’t been the case. FSU has scored a run in 50% of the 75 innings they have played in 2005. The Seminoles are averaging 7.33 runs per game and hitting .307 as a team. One of the reasons for the run production is the squad’s .304 batting average with runners in scoring position.


 


OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK


Shane Robinson, SO, CF, Tampa, FL


Florida State sophomore Shane Robinson has been unstoppable so far in 2005 and the trend continued for the third week in a row. The center fielder led the team in hits, runs RBIs, home runs, total bases and steals as FSU took two off three games from Auburn. Robinson has hit in every game in 2005 as he is now on a nine game hit streak. He set the tone for the series when he hit the first Auburn pitch of the series out of the park giving him his second career homer. He also had an RBI single in the opener. Then helped FSU come back from a 5-1 deficit and pull out a win Saturday getting on base and scoring runs to cut the lead to 3-1 and then to 5-4.


 


PITCHING PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK


Barret Browning, JR, LHP, Jesup, GA


After making two strong starts the first two weekends of the season, Browning moved to the bullpen for the Auburn series with the return of Hunter Jones and Brian Schultz. Despite his two starts where he pitched well enough to get FSU wins in both games, his performance out of the pen Saturday may have been his most impressive work of the season. The key game in FSU’s series win over Auburn was the come from behind 6-5 win Saturday. After committing five errors and falling behind 5-1, Browning came into the game and held Auburn without a run for four innings. He gave up three hits, struck out three and walked just one allowing FSU to climb back into the game and eventually tie the score at 5-5. The Seminoles went on to win 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth and take the series.


 


FSU BASEBALL TEAM NOTES


One of the big reasons FSU is off to an 8-1 start is clutch-hitting and pitching. The Seminoles have 23 two-out RBIs this season and allowed just eight to opponents. FSU is also hitting .304 with runners in scoring position this year…two of FSU’s eight wins have already been walk-off victories and both of those games had identical 6-5 scores (Auburn and VMI)…the 2005 Seminoles may be too young to know that you can’t come back from late-inning deficits as they have already staged come from behind victories on two occasions after trailing after the sixth and seventh innings…the team’s eight-game winning streak was just one shy of the longest win streak put together by the 2004 team…four players are currently on hitting streaks of five or more games led by Shane Robinson who has a hit in every game this season…FSU’s Sunday loss to Auburn ended the team’s seven-game home winning streak versus SEC opponents that dated back to 2001…head coach Mike Martin’s mastery over the Tigers continues as he raised his record versus Auburn to 24-5…the FSU pitching staff has been tough on the top of the order in 2005. The Seminoles have not allowed an earned run in the first inning and given up just two first inning runs overall. The third and ninth inning haven’t been particularly good for opponents either as the Seminoles have allowed just one earned run in each of those frames…preseason third team All-American Clete Thomas had a rough time with the FSU pitching staff going just 2-for-14 in the weekend series. In fact, the top two in the Auburn order, Thomas and Tyler Johnstone, went 7-for-29 this weekend…odd stat of the weekend, both FSU and Auburn stranded 23 base runners in the three-game set.


 


FSU PLAYER NOTES


Shane Robinson is having a dream start to the 2005 season. He is hitting .486 with 13 runs scored, four doubles, a home run, seven RBIs, a .686 slugging percentage and is 8 for 9 on steals. He is leading FSU in nine major offensive categories from the lead off spot…of the nine straight games in which Robinson has recorded a hit, five have been multi-hit games and three of those five have been three-hit games…the coaching move of the weekend by the FSU staff had to be moving freshman right fielder Jack Rye into the five spot for Saturday’s Auburn game. The freshman had never hit higher than seventh and came into the game hitting .067. All the right fielder did was go 2-for-4 with his first career double and the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth… Bryan Henry continued his RBI production with two more this past weekend. The sophomore is now second on the team with eight RBIs…Tyler Chambliss and Kevin Lynch are now leading the team in wins as both relievers are 2-0 on the year. Chambliss leads the team with two saves.

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