June 6, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State catcher Tony Richie has been named a 2001 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Fellow freshmen Trent Peterson and Jeff Probst were recognized as honorable mention Freshman All-Americans by the publication.
Richie, who started 57 games behind the plate for the Seminoles this season, finished the year with a .291 batting average. The Jacksonville native totaled three home runs, 15 doubles and 32 RBI in his rookie campaign. Richie was voted to the ACC All-Tournament Team and the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .500 or better in each. He closed the season with a career-best 12-game hitting streak, in which he batted .490. One of the top defensive catchers in the ACC, Richie threw out 18-of-52 (35%) runners on the year, had a fielding % of .991, and recorded two pick-offs.
Left-hander Trent Peterson finished his first year with a 5-1 record and an ERA of 3.16. He started nine games and totaled 57 innings, striking out 45 and walking 20. His best outing of the season came against Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament, when he got the win after throwing his first career complete game.
Infielder Jeff Probst was the third FSU freshman honored by Collegiate Baseball. Probst started a total of 42 games at second base, shortstop and third base as the coaching staff worked different infield combinations after four-year starter Brett Groves went down with a season-ending knee injury. Probst hit .267 with two homers, 27 RBI and 31 runs scored this year. He was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team after doubling and scoring the game-winning run in the title game against Auburn.