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Weekend Notebook For No. 18 FSU Baseball

Feb. 7, 2005


February 7, 2005




CURRENT STREAK: Won six in a row



Friday (2/4/05) – FSU 8 VMI 2 (9)

Saturday (2/5/05) – FSU 6 VMI 5 (9)

Sunday (2/6/05) – FSU 15 VMI 0 (9)



vs. Auburn (2/11-2/13)



With the first 6-0 start since 1999 under his belt, FSU head coach Mike Martin moved past USC legend Rod Dedeaux this weekend and into sixth place on the all-time wins list for DI coaches. With 1,344 wins, Martin’s winning percentage now stands at .748 the third-best winning percentage of any DI coach with at least 1,300 victories.



Shane Robinson, SO, CF, Tampa, FL

Florida State sophomore Shane Robinson has been unstoppable so far in 2005 and the Tampa, FL native showed no signs of letting up this past weekend versus VMI in a three-game Florida State sweep. Robinson hit .583 (7-for-12) in the three game set with four runs scored, two doubles, two RBIs, nine total bases, a .750 slugging percentage and a .615 on base percentage. He was a perfect 4-for-4 in steals and was also perfect in the field. He hit .667 with runners in scoring position and led the squad in two-out RBIs. Robinson started the weekend by going 3-for-5 Friday with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Saturday the sophomore went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He finished the series off with a 3-for-4 outing that included another run scored, another RBI and three steals as the Seminoles have gotten off to their best start (6-0) since 1999. With hits in all three games, Robinson has hit in all six of Florida State‘s games in 2005. He has raised his average to a team leading .565. He also leads FSU in runs (10), hits (13), doubles (4), total bases (17), slugging (.739), on base percentage (.643) and steals (7).



Barret Browning, JR, LHP, Jesup, GA

For the second straight week, junior college transfer Barret Browning made a strong start on Sunday afternoon to help Florida State complete a series sweep. This week versus VMI, Browning pitched five innings, allowed just three hits and for the second straight week did not give up a run. The Chipola JC transfer raised his scoreless innings streak to 9.1 innings to start his FSU career and picked up his first victory in the process. Browning held VMI to a .176 batting average and combined with two other pitchers to throw the first shutout of the season for Florida State.



Florida State is 6-0 for the first time since 1999. The last time an FSU squad started 6-0, the team ended the season playing for the National Championship in Omaha…this is the fourth time in 58 years that FSU has started a season by winning back-to-back three game series…in 58 years of FSU baseball, only two teams have ever allowed fewer runs in the first six games of a season than the 2005 squad. In 1970 the team allowed just nine runs in the first six games and in 1969 they allowed 12 runs. The 1987 and 1992 teams allowed 14 runs, which equals the accomplishment of this year’s team…in 29 innings of work, FSU starting pitchers have allowed just three earned runs for an ERA of just over 1.07…while the 2005 Seminoles may not have an Eddy Martinez-Esteve or Stephen Drew, the squad has gotten off to a faster start than the more star-studded team of 2004. Through six games, this year’s team is batting 36 points better, has an ERA over three runs less and a fielding percentage almost 50 points better…the Seminoles are now 14-0 all-time against VMI after this weekend’s sweep…FSU has scored 51 runs in the first six games of the season. It is the fifth time in the last 10 years FSU has scored 50 or more runs in the first six games of a season.



After opening the season playing solid defense and getting on base despite being held hitless, freshman second baseman Tony Thomas, Jr. got his bat going versus VMI. The Valrico, FL native hit .400 with a double, three RBIs and a stolen base…freshman Ruairi O’Connor, who graduated high school early to enroll at FSU just over a month ago, is already making an impact at FSU. The outfielder started the first game of his career versus VMI Sunday and in his second at bat of the game, he blasted a home run off the scoreboard in left field. It was the first homer hit by an FSU player in 2005…another newcomer making an immediate impact is sophomore Bryan Henry. The third baseman has been perfect in the field in six starts and is second on the team with six RBIs. His biggest RBI came Saturday as he singled home the winning run versus VMI in the bottom of the ninth with two outs in front of his hometown fans…speaking of RBIs, senior catcher Aaron Cheesman is still pacing the team with eight on the year. He hit .400 again this weekend while drawing three walks and not striking out on a single occasion. Chessman has fanned just once in 20 at bats this season…Ryne Malone is improving with each series. The 2004 freshman All-American and 2005 Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year candidate recorded three RBIs in the VMI series and hit .300 for the second straight weekend…Left-handed pitcher Hunter Jones made his first appearance since last year’s surgery and pitched three scoreless innings without issuing a walk Sunday against VMI. Jones was FSU’s No. 1 starter for most of 2004 and his return will bolster an already deep FSU staff… another pitcher who made his return this week was 2004 freshman All-American Brian Schultz. The Lakeland, FL native picked up a save Friday after pitching four innings and allowing just one run and striking out three…Matt DiBlasi continued his dominating start to 2005 as he pitched two more scoreless inning in relief versus VMI. The junior has yet to allow a run or issue a walk in four innings of work.






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