April 26, 2007
In the most played series in school history for both teams, Florida State heads south to face Miami for a three-game set beginning Friday, April 27. This weekend marks the 247th meeting between these two intra-state rivals as the Seminoles lead the all-time series 129-113-4. The two schools are deadlocked at 57-57-2 in games played at the University of Miami. The Hurricanes have won four of the last six games in the series overall and four of the last six games played in Coral Gables. Since joining the ACC, Miami is 4-2 against Florida State taking 2-of-3 in both series in 2005 and 2006.
THE HURRICANES IN 2007
Miami is coming off a sweep of Virginia Tech last weekend in Blacksburg, its first of the season. The Hurricanes have won four of seven ACC series to start 2007 and sit with a record of 11-10 in the league good for fourth overall in the Coastal Division. The Canes are 25-17 overall and 17-9 in games played inside Mark Light Field. Yonder Alonso has led the offensive charge for Miami this season as the sophomore first baseman is leading the team in hitting (.356), home runs (11) and RBI’s (45). On the mound, the Hurricanes have posted a team ERA of 4.21 as eight different pitchers have started for Miami this year. Freshman southpaw Eric Erickson, who has started seven games in 2007, is the team leader in wins (5) and ERA (2.29).
AGAINST THE HURRICANES
Brian Chambers is the only Seminole on the 2007 roster that has appeared in a game against the Hurricanes over the last three seasons. Jack Rye has handled Miami pitching pretty well over the last two years as he has posted an average of .389 (7-for-18) with four runs scored and six RBI’s. Tony Thomas, Jr. is a career .250 hitter.
As a team, the Seminoles have posted an ERA of 2.94 despite maintaining a 2-4 record over the last two years. Bryan Henry is 1-1 as a starter. Travis Burge and Caleb Graham did not allow a run in three combined appearances a season ago.
HENRY VS. THE CANES
On Friday night, senior Bryan Henry will be making his third career start against the Hurricanes at a place where he solidified his role in the starting rotation two years ago. In 2005, the Tallahassee, Fla., native, who had just three prior starts to his name, got his first start on the road in ACC play against Miami. He pitched eight innings and held the Hurricanes to just one run on four hits in a 13-1 FSU victory. He struck out four and walked none. The 12-run victory was the most lopsided win ever for the Seminoles at Miami tying the 1957 team, which defeated UM 15-3. Henry was the victim of an infield error in a 7-3 loss to Miami in Tallahassee last year. The right hander went six innings allowing one earned run on six hits in the loss.
FLORIDA STATE IN ACC PLAY
Florida State is 15-3 in the ACC and has won all six, three-game series to start the 2007 season. The series against Miami is just the third three-game set on the road for the Seminoles this season. FSU is 4-2 away from home in 2007 collecting a pair of series victories over Duke and NC State. The Seminoles have posted series sweeps against Wake Forest, Boston College and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles lost at home for the first time in league play last Sunday to North Carolina and now stand with a record of 11-1 in Dick Howser Stadium. FSU started a season 9-0 at home for the fifth time overall and for the first time since 2002. In 2001 and 2002, the Seminoles went undefeated at home in conferece play posting a perfect 12-0 record. This year Florida State won its first seven conference games before falling at Duke in game two of the series. It was the Seminoles’ best start in ACC play since 1999 when the Garnet and Gold started 13-0. Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU started league play winning its first six games just three times.
HENRY JOINS ELITE COMPANY
Bryan Henry collected his third career honor as ACC Pitcher of the Week with this week’s announcement by the league office. He now becomes the third pitcher in FSU history to win ACC Pitcher of the Week honors at least three times joining Paul Wilson, who won the award a school record six times, and Mike Ziegler (3).
Tony Thomas, Jr. is having a season that only few can ever dream of as the Seminole second baseman ranks in the top 10 nationally in several statistical offensive categories. Heading into this weekend’s game against Miami, Thomas ranks in five national categories including doubles per game, runs per game, batting average, slugging percentage and triples per game. Bryan Henry has the second most wins in the nation with 10, while he ranks 23rd with 80 strikeouts. Danny Rosen’s 7 saves is good for 35th nationally.
THE PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
FRIDAY: Senior Bryan Henry will make his 13th start of the season, all on Friday, as Florida State travels to face Miami for its third road conference series of the season. Henry is 10-0 on the year with an ERA of 2.24. He earned his fifth consecutive ACC victory last weekend beating No. 2 North Carolina as he pitched eight solid innings allowing a run on four hits. He struck out eight batters and walked two in handing UNC’s Robert Woodard his first loss of the season and just his fourth career loss. Henry started the ball game setting down the first seven Tar Heels that he faced including three on strikeouts, two looking. He threw five innings in which he faced just three batters. The senior right hander has now posted at least seven or more strikeouts in eight of his last 12 starts this season and in seven of his last eight outings. Against Boston College, Henry also pitched eight innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out 10. He has allowed a run or less in eight of his 12 starts this season. Henry has pitched a season-high eight innings three times this season keeping Indiana scoreless on six hits, while giving up one run on four hits to both BC and UNC. He has worked three games this year where he has pitched at least six innings without issuing a free pass. Henry has made 24 career starts against league opponents posting a career record of 14-5 with an ERA of 2.64. He has registered 137 strikeouts against ACC teams and just 42 walks. In 2007, Henry is 5-0 in six ACC starts throwing 41 innings and posting an ERA of 2.41. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.54 to 1 in league play this season. Henry is 1-1 in two career starts against Miami. He won his first start against the Hurricanes down in Coral Gables in 2005, while suffering a defeat at Mike Martin Field in 2006.
SATURDAY: Junior Ryan Strauss will look to make his 12th start of the season and his second start on Saturday against Miami. He has pitched at least six innings in nine of his 11 starts in 2007, while throwing into the seventh in four of his last seven outings. The Tampa, Fla., native set career-highs in innings pitched (8) and strikeouts (8) against Indiana. He threw seven innings in back-to-back league games earning victories over Wake Forest and Boston College and then returned home to pitch seven innings in a win over Virginia Tech. Strauss gave up just one run in his first two league games, before allowing four runs against Duke in an 8-5 victory. He held BC without a hit for the first six innings. Strauss is 8-1 on the year and has posted an ERA of 2.98 in 12 appearances. He has pitched two games in which he did not issue a walk. Last week against the Tar Heels, Strauss tied a season-low for innings pitched lasting just 3.2 innings. He set career-highes for runs allowed (5) and hits (10) in suffering his first loss of the season. Strauss got his first career win as a starter as he pitched five solid innings against Tennessee on opening weekend. This will be Strauss’ seventh start against an ACC opponent and first career appearance against the Hurricanes. Strauss’ first and only other Saturday start this season came against Siena, where he recorded a no decision after pitching five innings giving up three runs, all unearned, on five hits. The Seminoles won the game 8-3.
Check out the complete game notes for this weekend’s match-up against Miami in the PDF link at the top of the page. All three games will be shown live on ACC Select, while Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will be broadcasted live on Sun Sports.