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Weekly Release For 11th-Ranked FSU Baseball Team

Feb. 21, 2005


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    The Seminoles currently lead Stetson 34-20 in the series which dates back to 1949.  The last meeting between the two came in 2002 during the Tallahassee Regional with the Seminoles winning the game 11-8. FSU has won three of the last four games all of which were in a Tallahassee Regional but in the last 10 meetings, each team has won five games. The Seminoles have recorded seven shutouts in the series and FSU leads the series at Stetson 11-8. The last time that FSU played at Stetson was in 1976 when they lost 5-9 and the last time the teams met in a regular season game was 1979, a 14-9 Stetson win in Tallahassee. The Seminoles haven’t won a game in Deland, FL since 1972 when they won both games of a two game series 7-1 and 6-3. Mike Martin is 3-2 versus the Hatters as FSU’s head coach.


     


    PER GAME STATS


                    FSU        STET


    Gms        12            6


    Avg.       .313         .333


    Runs       8.25         7.50


    Hits         10.46       11.83


    Dbls        3.08         3.00


    Trpls       0.17         0.17


    HRs        0.58         0.83


    RBIs       7.50         6.67


    Slg %      .469         .498


    BB           6.33         7.00


    K             5.92         4.50


    SB           2.67         0.33


    ERA        2.58         5.67


     


    MR. EVERYTHING


    In just his second season in Garnet & Gold, center fielder Shane Robinson is showing there is nothing he can’t do. The super soph is leading FSU in 11 major offensive categories. He is first on the team in average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, RBIs, hits, runs, doubles, triples, home runs, total bases and steals. He is hitting a team-best .517 against right-handers, .667 with the bases loaded, he is reaching base 67% of the time when he leads off an inning, .533 with runners in scoring position and .500 with two outs. He also leads the team with eight two out RBIs. Robinson already has six multi-hit games, he has scored a run in 11 of 12 games, scored more than one run six times and his 14 steals are just five shy of the 19 he swiped all of last season. Last year his average never exceeded .286, this season it has never dipped below .429. His 12 game hitting streak this season is more than the eight-game streak he put together in 2004 and he is already almost half way to his total for multi-RBI games. Dating back to 2004, Robinson has hit safely in his last 17 games. He is walking three times as many times as he is striking out and his .733 slugging percentage in 45 at bats would rank as the third best single season slugging percentage in team history in the category of 50-199 at bats.


     


    DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE


    The 2005 Seminoles have already recorded 37 doubles in the first 12 games of the season. That is an average of more than three doubles per game. The 1990 team that set the record for doubles in a season averaged 2.5 doubles per game. The Seminoles have recorded five or more doubles in a game four times already this season. Last year’s team recorded five or more doubles in a game seven times in 68 games. In the St. Joe’s series alone, the Seminoles recorded 15 doubles in the three games. Last year the most doubles FSU ever recorded in a series was 10.


     


    FIRST BY A FIRST


    First-year Seminoles are contributing in a big way in 2005. Not only are first-year Seminoles starting at second, short, third, right field and splitting time in the DH spot but they are making an impact on the hill as well. With so many newcomers getting playing time maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising that the first double, triple and home run of the season for FSU were each hit by a different first-year player. Bryan Henry recorded FSU’s first double of 2005 in the season opener versus Charleston Southern. Ruairi O’Connor then blasted the first home run of the year for FSU against VMI the next weekend. Two weeks later Jack Rye had the first triple of the year for FSU against St. Joe’s. Not only did a newcomer record all those first hits but the first Seminole starter to record a win was an FSU rookie as well, Michael Hyde in the second game of the season.


     


    ON THE DEFENSIVE


    One of the most pleasant surprises with the 2005 Seminole baseball team is the way this group is playing defense despite having three first-year players in the infield. In 10 of 12 games this season, the young FSU defense has committed one error or less. The team is fielding .973. That is 20 points higher than the more experienced Seminoles of 2004 fielded through their first 12 games. Ryne Malone and Tony Thomas, Jr., the right side of the Seminole infield, have yet to commit an error in a combined 166 chances this year. Only two players on the entire team have committed more than one error this season.


     


    DRIVING THEM HOME


    The 2005 Seminoles are on a record pace as far as RBIs are concerned. The team already has 90 through the first 12 games and three players are already in double digits. Shane Robinson leads the team with 15, followed by Gibbs Chapman with 14 and Aaron Cheesman has 10. Those are also the number 1-2-3 hitters in the FSU line-up. Ask any of those players and they will credit the bottom of the FSU line-up for their RBI success and when your lead-off hitter is leading the team in RBIs, it is hard to argue that point. While Tony Thomas, Jr. is hitting just .176, his on base percentage is almost .400. The three players that have hit in the 7-8-9 holes the most in 2005 are getting on base over 40% of the time they step to the plate and the top of the Seminole order is cashing in on those opportunities.


     


    THE JERNEY HOME


    Ryne Jernigan may not have been the opening day starter at short but the cousin of FSU great Karl Jernigan is doing everything in his power to hold on to the spot while Nick Francis recovers from a quad injury. Jernigan is currently third on the team with a .348 batting average and he is one of five Seminoles to hit a home run. In his six starts, Jernigan is hitting .389, slugging .556 and has been on base 45.5% of the time he has come up to bat. In those six games he has scored seven runs, knocked in three runs, had a sac fly, a sac bunt and swiped a base.


     


    SAVE ME


    FSU closer Tyler Chambliss has already set a new career high for saves with three in the first 12 games of the season. Last year as a freshman Chambliss pitched 39.1 innings and picked up one save. This year he has pitched 6.1 innings and already saved three games. In fact, his three saves have been the result of just 2.2 innings of work. In the finale versus St. Joe’s, he came into the game with the tying run at the plate and two outs. He got the final batter looking at strike three to pick up the save. His 1.42 ERA is second best on the team and leads all relievers and nobody is averaging more K’s per inning pitched than the Live Oak, FL native. He is averaging 15.63 strikeouts per game and his strikeout to walk ratio is an impressive 5.5:1. Even more impressive, Chambliss not only leads the team in saves but he is also tied for the team lead with two wins.


     


    HUNTING SEASON


    It is safe to say that Hunter Jones’ return to the starting rotation has been a complete success. The lefty won his second straight start this past weekend improving to 2-0 on the year. His 1.50 ERA is second amongst starters and his control has been pin point. In 12 innings of work, Jones has struck out 13 batters and issued just one walk. Jones has always been a pitcher who has a great strikeout to walk ratio but nothing like what he has done so far in 2005. As a freshman he had a K:BB ratio of 2.5:1. Last season that improved to 3.4:1 but this year’s 13:1 is outrageous. Teams are hitting just .222 versus Jones with runners on base but in 12 innings opponents have only had 18 opportunities to hit with runners on because the Pal Beach Gardens, FL native is making every batter earn his way on to the bases.


     


    QUALITY STARTS


    Associate head coach Jamey Shouppe has to be pleased with his starting pitchers so far in 2005. The group, which consists of five different hurlers at this point, has posted an impressive 1.89 ERA this season and they have a combined record of 7-1. They have struck out 55 batters and issued 33 walks. Opponents are hitting just .227 off the five starters and in 255 at bats, this group has allowed just eight extra base hits. That is an average of one extra base hit for every 32 at bats. The average start has lasted five innings and no starter has pitched fewer than four complete innings. In fact, eight of FSU’s 12 starts have been five or more innings. This past weekend versus St. Joe’s also marked the first time this season that all three starting pitchers recorded the win in a series.


     


    DON’T FORGET THE GUY IN LEFT


    With everything center fielder Shane Robinson is doing it is easy for the guy playing next to him in left to get lost in the shuffle but senior Gibbs Chapman is off to a stellar start in 2005. Last season, his first as a Seminole, the St. Cloud, FL native hit .385 with five runs, nine RBIs, a double, two home runs and three walks in his first 12 games. This season he is batting .390 and has scored eight runs on top of knocking in 14 RBIs. He also has four doubles, a homer and 11 walks. He and Robinson are first and second among the team’s leaders in average, on base percentage, hits, RBIs, home runs, total bases, walks and steals. While Robinson is on a 17-game hit streak, Chapman has got a streak of his own going with a hit in the last eight games. That is just two short of his career long set last season.


     


    GIBBS THROUGH 12 GAMES


                    2004        2005


    Avg.       .385         .390


    AB          26            41


    Hits         10            16


    2B           1              4


    HR          2              1


    RBI         9              14


    R             5              8


    BB           3              11


    OB          .467         .561


    SB           1              6


     


    BETTER START TO 2005


    Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year candidate Ryne Malone may not be off to the start fellow sophomore Shane Robinson is off to but the 2004 freshman All-American is off to a much stronger start through 12 games than he got off to as a freshman. Last season Malone was hitting .261 with just one RBI and four runs scored. He ended up finishing the season hitting .330. This year Malone is hitting .317 through the first 12 games and has scored 11 runs. He is second on the team with five doubles and he has a homer and six RBIs. He is also slugging .512 on top of his perfect fielding percentage. He has raised his average 67 points after dipping to .250 after the fourth game of the season and his has recorded a hit in six of FSU’s last eight games including three multi-hit games.


     


    OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK


    Shane Robinson, OF, SO


    Florida State University


    Robinson continued his stellar start to 2005 with another huge weekend in a sweep over St. Joe’s. He hit .500, knocked in eight runs, scored five times, hit two doubles and a triple on top of drawing three walks and not striking out once. He swiped six bases and also had two sacrifice flies. He set new career highs for RBIs in a game (5) and steals in a game (3) while extending his hit streak to 17 games dating back to 2004. Robinson is now hitting .489 and leading the team in runs (18), hits (22), doubles (6), triples (1), home runs (1), RBIs (15), slugging percentage (.733), on base percentage (.561) and steals (14). He opened the series with one of his best games of the year going 3-for-5 with five RBI’s, a double, two steals and a run scored. Had another multi-RBI game in the second game of the series with another double, another run scored and a career-high three steals. Robinson completed the series scoring two more runs, collecting another RBI and his third straight game with an extra base hit, this one a triple on top of a sac fly, a steal and a walk. 


     


    PITCHING PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK


    Michael Hyde, P, SO


    Florida State University


    Hyde had the best start of his young career on Saturday versus St. Joe’s. The sophomore pitched seven innings giving up just three hits and one run. He walked just two batters and struck out seven. The only run he allowed was on one mistake when he gave up a solo home run. He needed just 82 pitches to record his second win of the year. He lowered his ERA to 2.38 for the season and is tied for the team lead in wins.


     

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