April 26, 2005
Greensboro, NC — Florida State sophomore pitcher Bryan Henry was named ACC Pitcher of the Week after recording two wins over top seven teams last week. The Tallahassee native started against No. 5 Florida Tuesday and defeated the Gators. Five days later he pitched FSU past No. 7 Miami. He is the first Seminole to win ACC Pitcher of the Week honors in 2005.
Florida State’s right-hander had a dream week. The Tallahassee native started against two top seven teams on top of the two teams he grew up watching play his hometown Seminoles. Not only did he beat both top seven teams, he did it with two of the best starts turned in by an FSU pitcher and he did it just five days apart. In his two wins against Florida and Miami last week, Henry pitched 15 1/3 innings gave up three runs, struck out nine batters and issued just three walks. Teams hit just .211 versus the right-hander with runners on base and .226 overall in the two games. He registered the longest outing of the year by any Seminole in the win over Miami (8.0) and the third longest outing of the year versus Florida (7 1/3).
Tuesday versus No. 5 Florida it looked like he pitched the game of his life going 7 1/3 downing one of FSU’s biggest rivals 4-2. Five days later it was another top seven team and another huge rival. All Henry did was top his previous performance by throwing eight innings of four hit ball and allowing one run as FSU handed Miami its worst defeat in 76 games dating back to April 2, 2004. The 13-1 victory was the most lopsided win ever for the Seminoles at Miami tying the 1957 team. It was also tied for the fewest runs scored by a Miami team in 2005. Henry held the Canes to just four hits and limited Miami’s two National Player of the Year candidates (Jon Jay and Ryan Braun who are ranked fifth and 21st in the nation in batting) to one hit in six at bats. He did not allow a walk versus Miami marking the eighth time in 10 appearances this season that Henry did not allow a free pass. The Canes came into the game with the fourth best team batting average in the nation and the sixth ranked offense as far as runs scored and Henry held them to one run and a team batting average of .138, over 300 points below their season average.
Florida State will not play a mid-week game for the first time in five weeks and will return to action at home April 29. The Seminoles will continue ACC play with a key series versus Virginia who is fresh off a sweep of Georgia Tech. The game will be carried live on Sun Sports. Game Tracker will be available for all this year’s games along with Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.