April 6, 2007
Raleigh, N.C. – Florida State (30-3, 9-1) used a late inning rally including a six-run seventh to register a 10-4 game one victory over NC State (23-9, 8-5) Friday evening at Doak Field. The Seminoles outscored the Wolfpack 8-1 over the last three innings to post their third conference victory on the road this season. Brandon Reichert led the offensive attack for the Garnet and Gold as he posted a career-high four RBI’s including his first home run in the ninth. Buster Posey registered three hits to lead all players.
Bryan Henry (8-0) remained perfect on the season as he pitched seven solid innings on a season-high 124 pitches. He would strike out seven batters, while allowing three runs on six hits. Henry set down 11 of the last 13 batters that he faced as he registered five on his seven strikeouts over the last three innings of work. The senior right hander has now posted at least seven or more strikeouts in six of his 10 starts this season.
“It was a ball game that Bryan Henry was in total control of this evening,” said head coach Mike Martin. “NC state is a very good baseball team; we just happened to have some good things go our way. Obviously the big inning (six-run seventh), there were a lot of things that happened in that inning. Reichert’s double was certainly big; it was a huge two-out hit.”
“It was a lot of fun tonight,” said Henry. “It is great to come in on the road and play a team like NC State. It’s tough; this conference is so hard to come in on the road and win. Our guys did a great job of staying after it; we were down but were never out. You have to tip your cap to our players and our defense; they did a great job of battling.”
Florida State took advantage of a Wolfpack fielding error in the top of the second to take an early 2-0 lead. Dennis Guinn led off the inning drawing a four pitch walk on NC State starter Eric Surkamp and advanced to third on a Jason Stidham bloop single to right center. Stidham moved to second on the throw into the cut off man at short. Designated hitter Travis Anderson, who got his sixth start of the season, got the Seminoles on the boarding driving in Guinn on a Wolfpack fielding error by the third baseman. Reichert gave FSU a two-run lead plating Stidham on a sacrifice fly to right.
NC State countered with a run in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by designated hitter Mike Roskopf. Henry started the inning issuing a walk to right fielder Ryan Pond. He advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt and a groundout and scored the Wolfpack’s first run of the game on a double off the wall in left center by Roskopf.
The Wolfpack took a 3-2 lead after the fourth thanks to a pair of RBI doubles by Pat Ferguson and Roskopf. Pond led off the inning with his second walk of the inning and came around to score on a double to left center by Ferguson. Roskopf followed with his second two bagger of the game just one batter later to give NC State its first lead of the game.
The Seminoles placed runners on first and second with two outs in the sixth ending the night for Surkamp, who lasted 5.2 innings. Clayton Shunick (3-2) entered the game and loaded the bases issuing a walk to D’Vontrey Richardson. But Shunick would quickly end the threat as he got Reichert swinging on strikes to close out the inning.
Henry was untouchable in the bottom half of the sixth as the surpassed the 100 pitch mark en route to striking out the side.
The Seminoles carried that momentum into the top of the seventh as Florida State scored six runs to take an 8-3 lead. Tony Thomas, Jr. started the inning with his first hit, a double off the wall in left center. He would tie the game a batter later on a double down the left field line by Posey. Rye was intentionally walked and Guinn registered an infield single to short to load the bases for Stidham. The freshman third base man gave the Seminoles their second lead of the game as he drew a bases loaded walk. New designated hitter Tommy Oravetz laced a single through the right side scoring Rye and Guinn. Reichert added to the Seminole lead as he drilled a two-out double down the line in right plating Stidham and Oravetz.
Henry went back out in the seventh for his last inning of work and finished off the Pack with a strikeout of Ramon Corona.
“You can expect to get a great performance out of Bryan in every start,” said Posey. “He’s a great competitor. I thought he threw the ball well the whole game. He kind of got hit a little bit early, but bounced back and definitely had very good command.”
FSU added more run in the eighth on an RBI bloop single by Rye. Posey registered his first triple of the season as he blasted a shot over the head of the Wolfpack right fielder. Rye would bring Posey home with his second hit of the game to make the score 9-3.
Fairel came out of the bullpen and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth as he struck out Ferguson to end the inning.
Reichert capped off a career night hitting his first home run of the season in the ninth. The senior first baseman took a 1-1 pitch and hit it over the left field wall to increase the Florida State lead to 10-3. Reichert finished the evening with four RBI’s, on a sacrifice fly, a double and a solo home run.
“Coach is always telling us that winning on the road is the toughest thing to do,” said Reichert. “We have such a great hitting team that our hitting is really contagious.”
NC State would get a run across in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Brian Chambers, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Seminoles defeated the Wolfpack 10-4.
Batters two through five (Hallberg, Posey, Rye, Guinn and Stidham) in the Seminoles line-up all registered at least two hits on Friday evening as Florida State registered double digit hits in league play for the eighth time in 10 games.
Florida State will return to the diamond on Saturday in game two against the Wolfpack at Doak Field in Raleigh. First pitch is slated for 7:00 pm as Michael Hyde will take the mound for the Seminoles, while Andrew Brackman will start for NC State. The game will be shown live on ACC Select. Fans can always follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.