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3   Ryne Malone
Ryne Malone

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Gainesville, FL

High School:
P.K. Yonge

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 185

Position:
INF

B/T:
L-R


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2005: Named All-ACC second team for the second straight season...the only two-time All-ACC selection on last year's Seminole team...Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year preseason watch list...named to the National Baseball Foundation Honor Roll May 16 after his performance against North Carolina (May 13-15) as Florida State swept the Tar Heels...named the ACC Player of the Week for the first time in his career after helping the Seminoles to the three-game sweep of the nationally ranked Heels...began the season as the Seminoles first baseman before making the switch to third when Bryan Henry moved into the starting rotation after the Georgia Tech series...clubbed the shot heard around the Seminole nation to help Florida State past No. 8 North Carolina (May 14) and to an eventual sweep of the Tar Heels with a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Seminoles a come-from-behind 6-5 victory...one of the most thrilling victories in the recent history of the program...came within a double of hitting for the cycle for the first time in his career in the victory over North Carolina...started 29 consecutive games at third base and made 34 starts at the position during the season...also made 33 starts at first base and two in left field...the No. 2 hitter in the lineup for 37 consecutive games at the end of the season... enjoyed the best season of his two-year career with single-season career high statistics for hits (83), runs scored (62), doubles (22), RBIs (61), walks (50) and stolen bases (10)...cut his errors down dramatically from 17 to 9 despite spending much of his playing time at two positions...started a career-high 69 of the Seminoles' 73 games in 2005...fifth in the ACC in walks in conference games and eighth in the conference in overall walks...six of his seven homeruns all came in Florida State victories - against Auburn (Feb. 11), Jacksonville (April 6, May 17), Virginia (May 1) and North Carolina (May 13, 14)...his only homerun in a non-win came against Wake Forest (May 10)...his homerun against the Demon Deacons allowed the Seminoles to storm back from a 6-1 deficit, tie the game and send it into extra innings...more extra base hits (32) than he did in earning freshman All-America honors (30) during the 2004 season...22 multiple-hit games including two of four in the ACC Tournament...11 of his 22 multiple-hit games came against ACC competition... second on the team with 15 multiple RBI games...trailed only national player of the year Shane Robinson in hits, doubles, walks and runs per nine innings...was second on the team in RBIs per nine innings and tied for third in triples per nine innings...career-high tying five RBI games in wins over North Carolina (May 14) and Jacksonville (April 12)...recorded hits in both NCAA Super Regional games and enters 2006 on a 16-game hitting streak...at least one hit in every game since May 13 against North Carolina...hit .390 (25-of-64) since May 13 with seven multi-hit games.

FRESHMAN YEAR (2004): Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American...second team All-ACC as an at-large selection...2004 Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament Team at first base...saw action in 66 games and started 51...made 36 starts at first, 10 at second base and five at third...led all freshmen in every category...only senior Aaron Cheesman returns coming off a better overall season than Malone...was in the top five of 13 offensive categories...fifth in average, third in slugging percentage, fourth in on base percentage, fifth in runs scored, third in RBIs, fourth in doubles and triples, third in home runs, fourth in total bases, fifth in walks, second in sac flies, fourth in stolen bases and third in stolen base percentage...no starter hit righties better than Malone (.352)...only MLB draftees Stephen Drew and Eddy Martinez- Esteve hit better with runners on (.356) than Malone in 2004...Malone led the team with four hits with the bases loaded and was second in average with the bags full (.364)... was third among starters in reaching base when leading off an inning (.442)...the Tribe's best pinch hitter as well as Malone went 3 for 4 in those opportunities...his .444 average with runners in scoring position led the team and only two players recorded more hits with runners in scoring position...in 19 opportunities with a runner on third and less than two outs, Malone recorded an RBI 16 times which led the team...Malone was third on the team with 13 multi-RBI games and sixth on the squad with 18 multi-hit games...ranked fifth in the ACC in slugging percentage at .611...led all ACC players with 34 RBIs in conference games...only teammate Eddy Martinez-Esteve hit more home runs in ACC games than did Malone in 2004 and had a higher slugging percentage...third among ACC players when it came to total bases in ACC contests...posted the ACC's fourth-best on base percentage in conference games...was fourth in the conference in batting average in ACC games and 10th in hits per game...fifth in the ACC in runs scored in conference games...he finished the season on an 11-game hitting streak, the third longest on the team in 2004.

PREP: Earned All-State honors in all four years as a starter at P.K. Yonge...played in the East Coast Pro in Wilmington, North Carolina and the Florida Diamond Club in Tampa... named the Diamond Club for Florida Player of the Year in Florida...played in back-to-back state semifinals as a sophomore and a junior ...attended Team USA Olympic trials in 2000, 2001 and 2002...Gainesville Sun Player of the Year in 2003...broke a 16-year old state record with 265 career hits, which ranks second nationally all-time...set school career records with 28 home runs, a .538 career batting average, 153 RBIs, 13 triples, 68 doubles, .713 OB%, 84 stolen bases in 86 attempts and 158 consecutive games played ...struck out only 19 times during his entire prep career.

PERSONAL: Born on January 6, 1985... son of Tom and Prisha Malone...a sport management major.

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