June 4, 2006
SETTING THE STAGE
Florida State is one win away from advancing to a record eighth straight Super Regional. With a win tonight, FSU will have swept its 15th Regional in 44 appearances. Florida State has gone through eight of its last 12 Regionals without suffering a loss. The last time FSU swept a Regional was last season at home when FSU went 3-0 and advanced to Super Regionals. The last time Florida State swept a Regional on the road was the last one they played on the road. In 1996 FSU swept through the Stanford Regional going 4-0. The Seminoles are actually on a little bit of a streak in the NCAA Tournament. With two wins in Athens, FSU has now won six straight NCAA Regional games dating back to 2004 and also won six straight NCAA Regional games on the road. The Seminoles really need to extend the streak to seven tonight for a lot of reasons. Of course they would like to close out a trip to Super Regionals on Sunday but there is an even more pressing reason for FSU to get it done tonight. In Florida State’s postseason history the Seminoles have won the first two games and then lost the third game of a Regional nine times and FSU has made it out of those nine Regionals on just three occasions. The last time Florida State started 2-0 and then lost the third game was in 2004. That year FSU did comeback and advance to Super Regionals. Since 1980 though, FSU has won the first two games followed by losing the third at a road Regional and the Seminoles did not win either one of those Regionals (190 and 1981). Florida State has been very good though when given the opportunity to close out a Regional with a sweep. There have been 18 Regionals where FSU was undefeated and had the opportunity to complete a sweep and the Seminoles have gone 14-4 in that Regional clinching game. When FSU has a chance to sweep since 1970, the Seminoles record improves to 14-2. The last time Florida State failed to sweep after winning all its opening round games was 2004.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Bryan Henry has spent most of his career as a starter as the lead dog in the Seminole rotation. The right-hander was FSU’s “Friday Night” starter in 16 straight series until May 5 versus Wake Forest when last night’s winner Tyler Chambliss moved ahead of him. That lasted just two weeks before Henry resumed the opening night role. That was until Saturday night when Chambliss set down eighth-ranked Georgia. Henry will once again assume the “No. 2 role” in Athens this weekend but that may not be such a bad thing. In Henry’s two starts following Chambliss in a weekend series he has a 1.20 ERA versus Wake Forest and Clemson, the national No. 1 seed. He has not received a decision in either one of those games but held opponents to a .164 batting average. This will actually be the third time Henry has followed Chambliss if you count his start versus Brown following Chambliss’ mid-week start versus Florida. In those three games Henry is 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA he has 14 K’s and three walks.
Florida State’s numbers in the 2006 Athens Regional are almost jaw-dropping. On top of outscoring their opponents 24-6 in their two games, the Seminoles are out hitting their opponents by almost 250 points, out slugging them by over 500 points and posting an ERA nine runs less. FSU has 19 more hits, four more doubles and five more homers than their two opponents. Only one of FSU’s seven pitchers who have appeared in a game has allowed a run.
A LOOK BACK AT THE UGA GAME
Shane Robinson led off the game with a homerun for the first time this season and the third time in his career.
Robinson set a new career-high with his seventh HR of the season.
Robinson has led off a game by reaching base 29 times this year. FSU is 24-5 in those games.
FSU has homered 19 times in the last 10 games.
Diaz’s homer was the first by a starting catcher at FSU since Aaron Chessman homered versus Miami April 18, 2004. That streak covered 157 games.
The three homers FSU hit off of UGA starter Brooks Brown were the most he gave up in 2006.
Travis Anderson came into the postseason with two homers in 31 games. He has now hit three in his last five games.
Anderson has seven RBIs in his last two games and 11 in the postseason. He had 12 all regular season.
Tyler Chambliss fanned double digit batters for the third time this season.