July 9, 2007
BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Florida State’s 23-0 start was by far the best start in school history, surpassing the team’s previous best start by eight games. The Seminoles started a season with at least a 10-0 record seven times in the program’s 60-year history. In the second game against Siena, the Seminoles moved to 16-0 with an 8-3 victory over the Saints, breaking the school record for the best start ever. In 1975, under then head coach Woody Woodward, Florida State began the year 15-0. They finished the ’75 season with a mark of 49-10 advancing to the College World Series and finishing the season with a ranking as high as No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball. 1975 also marked the first year as an assistant coach for current head coach Mike Martin. This is the best start in 28 seasons under the legendary ball coach.
FSU All-Time Best Starts:
3)1972, 1985: 12-0
4)1956, 1999: 11-0
LIMITING THE ERRORS
At one stretch during the season, Florida State went six games without committing an error, a span covering 63.2 consecutive innings. It is the longest errorless streak since 1993 when FSU went five straight games without posting an error. FSU also started the season with a streak of 36 consecutive innings without committing an error.
At year’s end, FSU finished with the best fielding percentage in school history at .975. The Seminoles committed 60 errors in 2,360 total chances. For the third straight year, Florida State’s team defense ranked among the best in school history. Here is a look at the top five fielding teams in school history dating back to 1973:
Top 5 Fielding % in School History
(dating back to 1973)
1) 2007 .975
2) 1994 .973
3) 1993 .969
4) 1991 .968
5) 2006 .967
5) 2005 .967
FIELDING THE INFIELD
Florida State’s starting infield of Buster Posey at catcher, Brandon Reichert at first, Tony Thomas at second, Mark Hallberg at shortstop and Jason Stidham at third, combined to post a fielding percentage of .978. Four of those five Seminoles started all 62 games at the listed position, while Stidham started 61 games at third. Posey committed the fewest errors (3) while Stidham registered the most errors with 14.
TOP HITTING TEAM
Not only did the 2007 Florida State baseball team finish the season as the best defensive team in school history but they also ranked at the top offensively. The Seminoles wrapped up the 62 game schedule in 2007 with a .350 batting average shattering the school record of .337 set back in 1980 as well as the ACC record of .347 set by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 2001. A total of nine Seminoles hit above .300 including six who started in at least 61 games. Tony Thomas, Jr. led all hitters with a .430 average, the third best single-season batting average in school history.
Tony Thomas, Jr. became the first Seminole in Florida State history to record 30 doubles, 100 hits and 30 stolen bases in a single-season as he registered his 30th stolen base of the season in game three of the ACC Tournament against Clemson in Jacksonville. Thomas finished the 2007 campaign with 33 doubles, 111 hits and 31 stolen bases.
14 WINS FOR HENRY
Bryan Henry made Florida State history in 2007 becoming just the third pitcher to reach the 14-win plateau in a single season since FSU joined the ACC back in 1992. The senior right hander finished the season with a 14-2 mark and an ERA of 2.60. He also became the eighth pitcher all-time with 14 or more wins in school history tying Richie Lewis who reached 14 wins in 1986.
Henry’s three-year Florida State career comes to a close with an overall record of 32-9 and a career ERA of 2.60. The right hander tallied 273 strikeouts and just 75 walks in 322.1 innings of work good for a 3.64 career strikeout to walk ratio. He leaves Florida State ranked eighth all-time in career starts (47) and wins (32) and 10th in innings pitched and ERA.
9 TIMES IN 2007
Florida State was recognized as either the ACC Player or Pitcher of the Week nine times in 2007 the most of any other school in the league. The mark also ties the school record matched three times before in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Florida State set the single-season home attendance record in 2007 drawing a school record 183,354 fans to Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The home average attendance was 4,472 just under the school record of 4,516 which was set in 2005. This year’s home attendance eclipses the record of 171,643 also set in 2005. The Seminoles played 41 home contests in 2007 posting a 35-6 record. Florida State was also the host of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
2007 MLB DRAFT
Tony Thomas, Jr., 3rd Rd, 97th pick, Chicago Cubs
Mark Gildea, 9th Rd, 280th pick, Washington Nationals
Mark Hallberg, 9th Rd, 283rd pick, Arizona Diamondbacks
Bryan Henry, 12th Rd, 373rd pick, Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Strauss, 35th Rd, 1077th pick, Minnesota Twins
Danny Rosen, 41st, Rd, 1226th pick, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jack Rye, 46th Rd, 1355th pick, San Francisco Giants
Brandon Reichert, 49th Rd, 1418th pick, Colorado Rockies
See the attached pdf at the top of the page for all the final news and notes from the 2007 season.