Robinson Takes Skills to Far East

It was apparent that Florida State centerfielder Shane Robinson had a grip on things domestically. This summer, Robinson is taking his game to an international level as a member of Team USA's collegiate team.

After winning the ACC Batting Title, picking up first-team all-American honors from five different sources and being named Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, Robinson is continuing the hit parade abroad.

The rising junior was named to the team earlier this month and is now competing against a team comprised of Japanese college players. Next weekend, Team USA begins a five-game set against Chinese Taipei.

"When you are younger you never really think about traveling around the world representing your country but I always watched Team USA play whenever I got the opportunity," said Robinson. "I never thought I would get to experience playing for my country. I am just really excited."

As of Sunday, Robinson was hitting .235 in five games against two minor league teams and Japan. Robinson is starting to heat up - the past three games he has driven in a run.

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After the Chinese Taipei series, Robinson and company will get a chance to impress on their home turf. Team USA hosts Italy for five games at Durham, N.C., Brooklyn, N.Y. and Pawtucket, R.I. They'll host Nicaragua for five games at Durham and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"What a tremendous year it has been for Shane, Florida State and his family," said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. "We are very excited for him. It is always an honor to have one of our players representing America and it is just going to be a great experience for Shane.

"I am especially excited that Shane will get the chance to see parts of the world he would never have had a chance to see if not for this opportunity," said Martin. "He will not only represent his country well but Florida State also."

Robinson joins J.D. Drew, Mientkiewicz, Paul Wilson, Chris Roberts, Mike Martin, Jr. and seven other Seminole greats as FSU players who have made Team USA. Mientkiewicz was the last Seminole to play for Team USA and was a key contributor to the squad's gold medal performance in the Sydney Olympics.

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