March 19, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State earned its first No. 1 ranking of the season as released by Collegiate Baseball on Monday, March 19. The Seminoles, who opened ACC play last weekend with a sweep of Wake Forest, jumped previous No. 1 Vanderbilt in the poll. With Mississippi handing the Commodores their first loss of the season last Saturday in Nashville and Arkansas taking two of three from previously unbeaten Kentucky, it made the Seminoles the lone undefeated team in Division I baseball.
Florida State has produced both offensively and defensively this season and at 23-0 is off to their best start in the 60-years of Seminole baseball. The Seminoles are batting .390 as team, while posting a team ERA of 2.63 and a fielding percentage of .969. Tony Thomas, Jr. has led the offensive production through the first 23 games batting .516 on the year posting 48 hits and 41 runs. The trio of Bryan Henry, Michael Hyde and Ryan Strauss has led the pitching staff in 2007 as the three have combined to post a record of 17-0 with an ERA of 2.03.
It’s the first time the Seminoles have been ranked No. 1 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball since returning to the top spot back on March 14, 2006, a position they held for six weeks.
In other national polls released on Monday, Florida State moved to No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, while climbing to No. 3 in Baseball America.
NEWS & NOTES: Florida State has also announced a time change to Saturday’s contest against Virginia Tech on April 14th at Dick Howser Stadium. In an effort keep fans on campus with the spring football game being held at 2:00 pm that same day, Florida State University has announced that game-two of the series against the Hokies has been changed from a 7:00 pm start to a 4:30 pm first pitch.