Nov. 16, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – With the start of the 2007 baseball season just over two months away, preseason awards are starting to come out. Thursday two Seminole pitchers were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association preseason All-America team. Ace closer Luke Tucker was named to the NCBWA’s second team and number one starter Bryan Henry was picked as a third team preseason All-American.
There was a huge hole created in the Seminole bullpen last season when 2005 Stopper of the Year candidate and All-ACC second team selection Tyler Chambliss moved to the starting rotation. Chambliss went on to be named All-ACC second team and was a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award but the gamble wouldn’t have been nearly as successful if weren’t for Tucker. The junior had a stellar season. Although his nine saves didn’t rank him as one of the top closers in the nation, Tucker’s numbers stack up with anyone. The closer was 2-1 with a 1.06 ERA and if he had enough innings his ERA would have been the lowest in the NCAA. He also posted an opponent batting average of just .128 as well. He appeared in 27 games and pitched at least one inning in 12 straight outings. Tucker threw 34 innings and averaged 1.5 K’s pre inning of work or 13.5 per nine innings. He recorded multiple strikeouts in nine of his last 12 appearances, he had a strikeout in 10 straight games and at least one K in 23 of his 27 games. There were only four games in 2005 where Tucker allowed a run and he gave up just one earned run in his last 27 1/3 innings dating back to March 7. Right-handers hit just .094 off of him and he had a K:BB ratio of better than 3:1. When Tucker came into a game to start an inning he was almost untouchable as only six of 31 batters reached to start off an inning versus the Niceville, FL product.
Henry was FSU’s ace for the second straight year in 2006. For the second year in a row Henry finished with nine wins and a sub-3.00 ERA. He once again posted a K:BB of better than 3:1 and his opponent batting average was at .230 or less for the second consecutive season. Ten of Henry’s 18 starts were quality starts and he had a streak of 27 2/3 scoreless innings, the third-longest streak ever at FSU. The junior was one of just two players to be named a first team All-ACC selection and make the inaugural All-ACC Academic Team. Clemson’s Josh Cribb was the only other player to accomplish this special feat. That wasn’t the only special accomplishment for Henry in 2006. The junior ace also did something that no player in FSU baseball history has done when it comes to ACC awards. Henry was the first FSU pitcher to ever be named All-ACC first team twice in his career.
The Seminoles will hold their annual Alumni Game this Friday at 5:00 p.m. The game will be played on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Prior to first pitch, Florida State will honor the 1986 College World Series team.