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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Florida State Hosts Boston College For Three Games This Weekend

March 22, 2007

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A QUICK LOOK AT THE BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES
Florida State will host its second straight conference series this weekend as the Seminoles welcome Boston College to Dick Howser Stadium for a three-game set. This will be the first meeting between the two schools in Tallahassee. FSU leads the all-time series 3-0 as the Seminoles swept the first three games of the series in Chestnut Hill, Mass., a season ago. Travis Anderson hit .429 against the Eagles registering three hits in seven at-bats. Buster Posey, Tony Thomas and Jack Rye each homered a season ago, while Thomas hit a series-high six RBI’s. Bryan Henry is the only returning starter to pitch against the Eagles last year throwing seven shutout innings. Five pitchers on the current Seminole roster threw against Boston College in 2006 as four of those pitchers did not allow an earned run. The Eagles are playing their third straight league series on the road as they have posted a 4-2 mark in the ACC in 2007. Boston College opened conferece play sweeping Duke and then winning the series finale against Georgia Tech last Sunday.

SETTING THE SERIES
Friday, March 23, 2007, 6:00 PM First Pitch, Radio – 1270 the Team
Florida State starter: Bryan Henry, rhp, 5-0, 2.61 ERA

Saturday, March 24, 2007, 6:05 PM First Pitch, TV – FSN Florida, Radio – 1270 the Team
Florida State starter: Michael Hyde, rhp, 7-0, 1.59 ERA

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 1:05 PM First Pitch, TV – Sun Sports, Radio – 1270 the Team
Florida State starter: Ryan Strauss, rhp, 5-0, 1.85 ERA

LAST YEAR AGAINST BOSTON COLLEGE
Florida State swept the series last year in Chestnut Hill outscoring the Eagles 18-8. In the first game between the two teams, FSU took advantage of a six-run fifth to down BC 7-1. Bryan Henry pitched seven shutout innings allowing just four runs as he faced 24 batters. The right hander struck out five and walked two. Jimmy Marshall closed the game working two innings giving up an unearned run while striking out two. Travis Anderson led all players with three hits and an RBI.

Games two and three were both decided by two runs as the Seminoles won 4-2 and 7-5, respectively. Jack Rye and Buster Posey each hit a home run in game two. J. McGuire registered three hits and two RBI’s to pace the Eagles. Tyler Chambliss earned the victory working 7.1 innings and striking out six.

In the series finale, Florida State once again took advantage of a big inning putting up a five spot in the top of the fourth. BC out hit the Seminoles 14-7, but committed two more errors than FSU in the loss. Tony Thomas hit his first career grand slam in the fourth inning finishing the game with a team-high five RBI’s.

THE PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
FRIDAY: Senior Bryan Henry will make his eighth start of the season, all on Friday, as Florida State welcomes Boston College to town for the first time in the series. Henry is 5-0 on the year with an ERA of 2.61. He opened league play pitching six innings against Wake Forest allowing four runs on five hits in earning a no decision. He allowed a career-high four walks, but did strike out seven batters for the third straight start. Henry is 1-0 lifetime against the Eagles getting the game one start a year ago in Chestnut Hill. He earned the victory pitching seven scoreless innings striking out five. He held the Eagles to a .182 batting average yielding just four hits in the game. The senior from Tallahassee, Fla., has allowed a run or less in five of his seven starts this season. Against Indiana, Henry pitched a season-high eight innings keeping the Hoosiers scoreless while allowing six hits. Henry has worked three games this year where he has pitched at least six innings without issuing a free pass. Henry has made 19 career starts against league opponents posting a career record of 9-5 with an ERA of 2.86. He has registered 98 strike outs against ACC teams and just 33 walks.

SATURDAY: Senior Michael Hyde will look for his eighth win in as many starts this season as he takes the mound on Saturday against the Eagles. Hyde leads the team in wins (7) and ERA (1.59), while holding opponents to a .178 batting average. He has worked into the fifth inning in each of his seven previous starts including three games of pitching into the sixth. He worked a season-high 6.2 innings against Appalachian State. The Tallahassee, Fla., native is 15-1 in his last 18 starts for the Seminoles dating back to last year, while posting a career mark of 23-3 as a member of the Garnet and Gold. In last week’s victory over Wake Forest, Hyde did not allow a run for the fourth time in seven starts as he struck out five batters and walked just one. The senior right hander has gone 13.2 scoreless innings without giving up a run, a span including starts against Siena, Indiana and Wake Forest. This will be Hyde’s 13th start against an ACC opponent as he has compiled a record of 7-0 with a 4.56 ERA. This will mark Hyde’s first appearance against Boston College.

SUNDAY: Junior Ryan Strauss will look to make his seventh start of the season on Sunday against Boston College. He has pitched at least five innings in all six previous starts, while throwing six innings twice in back-to-back starts against Hofstra and Appalachian State. The Tampa, Fla., native set career-highs in innings pitched (8) and strikeouts (8) against the Hoosiers. He pitched seven solid innings in his first ACC start giving up just one run to the Deacs in FSU’s 11-1 victory. Although he set a career-high for walks vs. Wake with four, he did not issue another free pass after the third and at one point he retired 12 of the last 15 batters he faced. Strauss is 5-0 on the year with an overall ERA of 1.85. He has pitched two games in which he did not issue a walk. He earned his first career win as a starter as he pitched five solid innings against Tennessee on opening weekend. This will be Strauss’ second start against an ACC opponent and first appearance against the Eagles. He made four relief appearances in league play in 2005 throwing six scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out three.

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