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Posts Tagged ‘Seminoles.’

Purdue’s Plawecki named finalist for Dick Howser Award

 

Keith Plawecki (courtesy of Purdue athletics)

The Purdue Boilermakers baseball team has enjoyed a great season, going 41-11 overall, 17-6 in the Big Ten.

The program has achieved a season-record for wins as well as their first regular-season title since 1909.

One of the reasons is junior catcher Kevin Plawecki.

Plawecki has been named as one of 35 finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top player in college baseball.

Purdue is 13th-ranked in the country in baseball.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

The Dick Howser Trophy winner is determined by two rounds of national voting by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The award will be presented on Friday, June 15, the opening day of the 2012 College World Series.

A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979, after a career as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

Plawecki has started all 52 games for the Boilermakers. The clean-up hitter leads the team in doubles with 19, extra-base hits with 26, a .455 on-base percentage,.562 slugging percentage. He is second in runs scored with 48, walks with 23, in batting average at .366 and is the most difficult hitter to strike out in the Big Ten with eight in 200 at bats.

 

Info compiled from Purdue University & Big Ten Conference

 

Home winning streak ends at 45 for Duke

 

Outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke (photo by Gregw824 via wikipedia commons)

Duke Indoor Stadium, now known as Cameron Indoor Stadium, was opened in 1940 and has been a huge advantage for over 940 games for the Duke Blue Devils.

They’ve run off streak-after-streak-after-streak over the years for the basketball teams.

Going into this past weekend’s game against Florida State, the 4th-ranked Blue Devils had a 45-game winning streak in hand and was looking at 46. But the Seminoles had other ideas.

Michael Snaer connected on a three-pointer as the time clock expired and the Seminoles upset Duke 76-73 to end the 45-game winning streak.

Snaer scored 14 points which also included a banked-in three-pointer at the end of the first half buzzer as Florida State ups its record to 13-6, 4-1 ACC and won its fourth straight game.

The Blue Devils drop to 16-3, 4-1 ACC were led by Austin Rivers with 19 points.

Cameron Indoor Stadium court in 2006 (By Greenstrat & Fuzzy510 via wikipedia commons)

 

 

Info compiled from Duke University athletics & TV news

OSU women to play Florida State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

 

(courtesy of OSU athletics)

Ohio State is scheduled to play host to Florida State on November 30 in the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge contest.

The Buckeyes, the defending Big Ten tournament champions, have three starters returning from last season’s 24-10 team, Samantha Prahalis, Tayler Hill and Ashley Adams. OSU lost in the Sweet 16 to Tennessee.

Florida State, 24-8 last season will return three starters from the state of Ohio, Cierra Bravard, Natasha Howard and Tay’ler Mingo. The Seminoles reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season.

(courtesy of Florida State athletics)

The Atlantic Coast Conference leads the series between the two leagues at 64-51.

 

Info courtesy of Ohio State, Florida State, Radio & TV news

Florida State rewards Fisher with extension

Jimbo Fisher (courtesy of Florida State athletics)

Florida State University has extended the contract of head football coach Jimbo Fisher for one year, which will take him throught the 2015 season. Fisher will make $2.75 million a year for five years.

The Seminoles finished the season 10-4 in Fisher’s first year taking over for Bobby Bowden.

FSU beat South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl after losing the Atlantic Coast Conference title to Virginia Tech.

compiled from Florida State athletics news

UConn women sets new streak in basketball with 89th win in a row

UConn head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma says there are two basketball winning streaks and that’s fine.

The UCLA men under the late John Wooden won 88 games in a row from 1971-1974 and they have that streak.

Maya Moore (courtesy of UConn athletics)

The Connecticut women, the number 1 team in nation, now has won 89 games in a row with their win over #22 Florida State in Hartford, Connecticut. The Huskies basically just blew out the Seminoles, like it has every opponent the past 2 1/2 years.

The UConn women have the streak for women’s basketball and all of basketball.

Maya Moore scored a career-high 41 points and freshman Bria Hartley added 21 points for the Huskies, who have not lost a game since April 6, 2008, in the NCAA Tournament semifinals. Only twice during this run has any opponent come within single digits, Stanford in the NCAA championship game last year and Baylor in early November.

compiled from staff & Connecticut athletics news

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