Former Suwannee Bulldog baseball player Tyler Chambliss has been named to third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Out of the entire FSU Seminole baseball team, closing pitcher Chambliss and teammate Shane Robinson were the only All-Americans. Robinson was named first team All-American for the third time.
Chambliss, a sophomore, has had one heck of a year. He is a candidate for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year and the Roger Clemens Award. Chambliss was either first or second in the nation in saves for the entire 2005 season and came within three saves of tying the single-season record at FSU for saves. He either saved or won 22 of Florida State's 53 victories in 2005. Wow!
"It's awesome," Chambliss said of making All-American. "Every opportunity I had, I tried to do a good job."
Chambliss' goal is still to become a Major League player. This summer he is traveling to New England to play as an Orleans Cardinal in the Cape Cod League.
The league is made up of Division I baseball players, plays 70 games over the summer and is considered a development league by Major League baseball which funds the league. Major League scouts watch this league closely. They play as many as six games a week and use wooden bats.
Chambliss will anchor the Cardinal bullpen. He said three other Seminoles will play on the team with him.
Chambliss will be a junior next year at FSU and has been told he will be a starting pitcher for the 2006 season. He had a record of 7-3 for the 2005 season, an ERA of 2.06, pitched 52.1 innings, 39 games, struck out 73 and had 15 saves.
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