March 25, 2007
The top-ranked Florida State baseball team completed its sweep of Boston College Sunday afternoon behind the hitting of Dennis Guinn who came up just a single short of hitting for the cycle. Seminole starter Ryan Strauss carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning picking up his sixth win as Florida State (26-1, 6-0) downed Boston College (6-11-1, 4-5) 7-0.
“It was a solid weekend of baseball,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “I was very pleased with Ryan Strauss today. In all my years at Florida State I have never seen an opportunity for a no-hitter and a guy hitting for the cycle in one day. Unfortunately neither one worked out but it was a very exciting day and a very good weekend for Florida State.”
Guinn had his second big game of the weekend in the finale. The junior outfielder recorded six extra base hits in the series, four of which were doubles, and reached base all five times on Sunday. Guinn slugged 1.600 for the weekend and batted .700 on top of knocking in four RBIs.
“Dennis is a guy that can carry a ballclub when he gets hot and that is what he did Friday night and Sunday,” said Martin. “He is seeing the ball extremely well and that has a way of affecting all the guys when one guy does that.”
“I feel like I saw the ball really well this weekend,” said Guinn. “No matter what I saw coming at me I felt like I was going to hit it hard. (The extra base hits) feel good especially because I have been having a lot of singles this year. I haven’t had many doubles and hadn’t had a triple yet.”
Strauss (6-0) continued his stellar play as of late as he pitched at least seven innings for the third straight game. The junior right-hander has allowed just one run in his last four starts and has won four straight games. The only two base runners he allowed in the first six innings both came on walks.
“I knew I hadn’t given up a hit from the first inning because I look up (at the scoreboard) every time after an inning so I knew the whole game,” said Strauss of his no-hit bid. “I just tried to go out there and do the same thing every inning and it was working.”
FSU got off to a quick start Sunday. Mark Hallberg recorded a one-out base hit in the bottom of the first and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Jack Rye then put the Seminoles on top with his fourth homerun of the season. The junior went over the fence in right for his first hit in the series. Guinn followed with his first triple of the season, a deep shot off the fence in right. It was the fourth extra base hit for Guinn in the series.
Guinn opened the bottom of the third with his second extra base hit, a double down the left field line. He moved up to third on a ground out and then Ruairi O’Connor drove the run in on a double, the 10th of the series for FSU.
Florida State built on its lead in the fifth with a two-out rally. An error opened the door as Buster Posey reached and then Rye followed with a single. A hit by pitch loaded the bases an then a wild pitch brought in the fourth run of the game for FSU.
Strauss carried a no-hitter into the seventh but a Tony Sanchez single to open the inning ended his bid for the record books.
Posey led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit and was followed by Rye who also singled putting two on for FSU. Guinn then continued his torrid weekend as he hit his second homer of the year putting the Seminoles in front for good 7-0.
Florida State returns to action this Tuesday, March 27 versus North Florida at 6:00 p.m. Fans can follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.