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FSU Baseball Recognizes 2009 Senior Class
The 2009 Florida State Baseball Senior Class.

The 2009 Florida State Baseball Senior Class.

May 16, 2009

Tallahassee, Fla. - The 2009 baseball regular season schedule concludes on Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. inside Dick Howser Stadium, but not before honoring this year's senior class before today's regular season finale against Grambling State. Florida State will recognize eight seniors including Jimmy Marshall, Ruairi O'Connor, Bo O'Dell and Tommy Oravetz and managers Josh Adkins, Brandon Roth, Danny Scot and Matt Shifrin.

Seminoles.com took some time to get a few final thoughts from this year's graduating class on their time spent at Florida State and what's in store for them in the future.

Jimmy Marshall - Tallahassee, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
A: I would have to say from a team stand point, obviously going to the World Series last year was pretty memorable, I will remember that forever. It was a lot of fun; it was a great accomplishment for everyone. For me, my most memorable individual moment would have to be throwing against North Carolina last year in the ACC Tournament when we beat them. Coming in the eighth inning and getting the last out...sitting for an hour during a rain delay then coming back to pitch and close out the ninth after scoring six runs in the top of the ninth to beat North Carolina.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 16, 2019, 10 years from now?
Hopefully playing professional ball somewhere, but if that doesn't work out hopefully having a good job and thinking about a family. It's hard to say 10 years down the road, but hopefully I will be successful.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
I will definitely leave the reigns to the `CWAC' industry to John Gast. It's up to him to take care of that organization and make sure everything is still going good over the next few years.

Ruairi O'Connor - River Forest, Ill.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
A: There has been a lot, but I would have to say my freshman year I hit the first home run of the season at home against VMI. It was a great experience; my mom, my dad and grandma were in attendance. And that triple play a couple weekend's ago against Virginia Tech with Parker Brunelle is another moment I will never forget.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 16, 2019, 10 years from now?
A: Ten years from Saturday...I don't know, hopefully back home in Chicago with a good job, making lots of money, beautiful wife. I'm really not sure, but definitely doing something and being successful at it.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
A: Just have fun and don't take anything for granted. Life every day the fullest and really take pride in putting on the jersey, coming out every day and being able to play baseball.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
A: I would have to leave something to James Ramsey, I don't know what I would give him, he's got pretty much everything you need to be successful. Maybe I would give him my arm and my crow hop. We have been working on that a lot, so I would probably leave him those two things.

Bo O'Dell - Kissimmiee, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
A: My most memorable was probably when we went out to Omaha last year. It was a great time even though we didn't play as well as we should of, but just having the experience to get out there with the team was a great experience for all of us.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 16, 2019, 10 years from now?
A: Hopefully I have a job, not living at home, my mom would be happy about that one. I would like to have a job, a family maybe a kid, hopefully a future baseball player.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
A: Keep your head up no matter what happens. Even after baseball there are always things that could happen to you in life, so just keep fighting.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
A: I would probably leave my skills like playing darts, pool (billiards), etc. to Mike McGee.

Tommy Oravetz - Tallahassee, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
A: It would definitely have to be Omaha. Winning that Super Regional to earn a spot in the College World Series was pretty memorable.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 16, 2019, 10 years from now?
A: Hopefully having a secure job and a house

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
A: Role through it, the good thing with baseball is that if you have a bad day, you always have tomorrow.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
A: I would have to leave my height to Hunter Scantling because we all know he needs it. When's he up on the mound, he looks kind of short, I am going to definitely leave that to him.

Josh Adkins - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
A: My most memorable moment would have to be last season, beating Wichita State to go to the College World Series. It was amazing.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 16, 2019, 10 years from now?
A: That would be a Tuesday, I see myself hopefully somewhere by a beach with family, hanging out, living life, being happy.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
A: Keep working hard, don't give up. Some times you have to do bad stuff like pull the tarp...but it's stuff like that you just have to learn to deal with it.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
A: I would have to leave my spray paint can to Mike (Foreman) so he can spray paint home plate before each game.

Brandon Roth
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
A: It would have to be the first game that I dressed in this year; it was a pretty cool feeling.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 16, 2019, 10 years from now?
A: Hopefully in a job with a professional organization working in their team operations department.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
A: To just keep working hard and stay together and good things will come.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
A: I would have to leave my catcher's mitt to whoever comes in after me.

Danny Scott - Miami, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
A: The walk-off win against UNC has to be a great one. Ryne Malone hit a game-winning home run. It was just a great time and a great day of Seminole baseball.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 16, 2019, 10 years from now?
A: Ten years from Saturday, well I am trying to continue my career in baseball, tying to get a coaching job. I hope to be coaching at the Division I level in the future.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
A: Never give up. That is the one thing that I have learned over the last few years, the game is never over, the season is never over until you play the last out, so just keep going.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
A: We have a joke with Matt Shifrin that he always gives 85% of the effort and I always give 115%, so I leave my extra 15% of effort to Shifrin.

Matt Shifrin - West Palm Beach, Fla.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment at FSU?
A: It would definitely have to be the last out made in the Super Regional to advance to the College World Series last year. The crowd was crazy; everyone was in to the game. It really made it worth wild being here, the hard definitely had finally paid off. It made it seem that everything had finally come together.

Q: Where do you see yourself on this date, May 16, 2019, 10 years from now?
A: I would hope to see myself in an accounting firm, hopefully working for a baseball team. That is my goal, hopefully working on the financial side of things for a baseball team, making those important decisions.

Q: What is the best piece of advice that you will leave to your teammates?
A: First and foremost, class is obviously the most important thing for everyone here. The hard work and dedication comes with the determination in the classroom. If you know if you are getting things done in the classroom that is one less thing you have to worry about when you are here on the field.

Q: If there was one item/quality (tangible or not) that you could leave behind, what would it be and who would you leave it to?
A: I would have to say the miniature Buddha that was left behind by former manager Jeremy Back and I would have to leave it to David Stark knowing that he is going to be here for a couple of years. We used to put it on the mound before games.

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