Jan. 31, 2005
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
January 31, 2005
CURRENT RECORD: 3-0 (0-0 ACC)
RECORD LAST WEEK: 3-0
CURRENT STREAK: Won three in a row
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday (1/28/05) – FSU 2 Charleston Southern 1 (9)
Saturday (1/29/05) – FSU 9 Charleston Southern 2 (9)
Sunday (1/30/05) – FSU 11 Charleston Southern 4 (9)
vs. Virginia Military Institute (2/4-2/6)
OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Aaron Cheesman, SR, C, Sarasota, FL
Florida State knew it would need to rely on its veterans early on this season and senior captain Aaron Cheesman came through immediately for FSU. The catcher recorded three straight multi-RBI games in the season opening series versus Charleston Southern as FSU swept the Buccaneers. Cheesman went 4-10 with seven RBIs, two runs scored, a double, two walks, a sacrifice fly and the game-winning RBI in Friday’s 2-1 victory. The three-year starter came through in the clutch all weekend hitting .444 in nine opportunities with runners in scoring position as well. Cheesman recorded a hit in all three games of the series and had two RBIs in game one, two RBIs in game two and three RBIs in the series finale. He was perfect behind the plate all weekend while handling two starters who had never pitched an inning of Division I baseball in their careers.
PITCHING PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Kevin Lynch, SR, RHP, Ft. Pierce, FL
Florida State‘s only other four-year senior joined Aaron Cheesman in stepping up all weekend when a young FSU club needed him most. Lynch came in to relieve the starter both Friday and Sunday and picked up both wins while getting Florida State out of potential jams. In Friday night’s 2-1 win, Lynch pitched 3.1 innings allowing just one hit, no walks and striking out five batters. With two runners on and FSU holding onto a 2-1 lead, Lynch came in with a 3-0 count on the batter. The senior proceeded to strike out the hitter and end the threat. Sunday FSU was in front 4-0 in the fifth when the Buccaneers once again tried to rally from behind putting two runners on with just one away. Lynch came in and recorded a strikeout and a fly ball out to end the CSU threat.
FSU BASEBALL TEAM NOTES
The Seminoles swept their season opening series for the 11th straight season…with its 9-2 victory Saturday, Florida State won its 21st straight, second game of the season…FSU is now 14-0 all-time versus CSU…the Seminoles are now 50-7 all-time on opening day and 53-4 in home openers…with the Seminoles sweep of CSU opening weekend, the squad has now lost just two opening weekend series in 57 years and has won 49 of 52 home opening series in school history…Florida State started four newcomers all three games opening weekend. Tony Thomas, Jr. (true freshman) started at second, Nick Francis (true freshman) started at short, Bryan Henry (sophomore transfer) started at third and Jack Rye (true freshman) started in right…on top of the field players two pitchers who had never pitched an inning of DI ball started this weekend for FSU (sophomore Michael Hyde and junior Barret Browning)…overall, 12 newcomers saw action in the field and on the hill this weekend…the FSU pitching staff threw a one-hitter Friday night and a two-hitter Saturday night. For the weekend, the Seminole staff limited CSU to a team batting average of .128 and an average of .083 with runners in scoring position…Of FSU’s 22 RBIs opening weekend, nine came with two outs, which is 41%.
FSU PLAYER NOTES
Center fielder Shane Robinson had a monster weekend for FSU. The sophomore hit .545 (6-for-11), scored six runs, hit two doubles, drove in three runs and slugged .727 from the leadoff spot in the order. Robinson also recorded the game-winning RBI in Friday’s game…left fielder Gibbs Chapman opened the season in big time fashion as well. The senior hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles and an RBI while slugging .571…North Florida Community College product Bryan Henry took advantage of his opportunity as a starter at third opening weekend. The Tallahassee native recorded two doubles and four RBIs while slugging .455…Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year candidate Ryne Malone was a big factor all weekend for FSU. The sophomore posted a .500 on base percentage and scored five runs with a double and an RBI as well…freshman Ruairi O’Connor, who graduated high school early to enroll in FSU just this month, recorded an RBI single in just his second career at bat…designated hitter Brant Peacher hit .667 with runners in scoring position this weekend.