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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: FSU Welcomes Clemson For Final Regular Season Series in 2007

May 11, 2007


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WEEKEND GAME INFORMATION
Friday, May 11, 2007 – 7:00 pm; Web cast – ACC Select; Radio – 1270 the TEAM
Florida State – Bryan Henry, rhp, vs. Clemson – Daniel Moskos, lhp

Saturday, May 12, 2007 – 1:00 pm; TV – FSN; Radio – 1270 the TEAM
Florida State – Danny Rosen, rhp vs. Clemson – David Kopp, rhp

Sunday, May 13, 2007 – 1:00 pm; Web cast – ACC Select; Radio – 1270 the TEAM
Florida State – Ryan Strauss, rhp vs. Clemson – TBA

CLEMSON SERIES
Florida State returns to Mike Martin Field for its final regular season home series of the season as the Seminoles welcome the Clemson Tigers to town for a three-game conference set beginning Friday, May 11. FSU leads the all-time series 57-46-1 including a record of 31-10-1 in games played at home. The Seminoles are 15-6 in their last 21 games against the Tigers but its Clemson who enters the weekend winners of four straight in the series. Florida State has won the last six series at home including a pair of three-game sweeps in 1995 and 2001. The Tigers took 2-for-3 from the Seminoles in Tallahassee back in 1993. Last year, Clemson won all three games on its home turf outscoring FSU 24-6.

AGAINST THE TIGERS
Tony Thomas, Jr. is the only player on the current Seminole roster that has played in every game against Clemson over the last two years. Jack Rye is a career .333 (5-for-15) hitter against the Tigers with three walks and two runs scored, while posting a perfect fielding percentage. Dennis Guinn hit .300 a season ago against Clemson, while Buster Posey drove in three of the six total runs scored last year.

On the mound, Bryan Henry is the lone pitcher on the Seminole staff with two starts against the Clemson Tigers. Michael Hyde made a start in 2005 earning a no decision after throwing 5.1 innings. Brian Chambers has three appearances to his record over the last two years. He has thrown a combined 2.1 innings giving up a run on three hits and two strikeouts.

FLORIDA STATE IN ACC PLAY
Florida State is 20-4 in the ACC and has won all eight, three-game series in 2007. The Seminoles reached the 20-win plateau with last Sunday’s victory at Maryland. It marked the third time in school history that Florida State has won 20 or more ACC games in a season. The school record for the most league victories in a season is 22 set in 1999, that year the Seminoles finished league play at 22-2. The series against Clemson is the final three-game home set of the regular season. The Seminoles own an 11-1 mark at home in the ACC posting series sweeps against Wake Forest, Boston College and Virginia Tech, while taking 2-of-3 from North Carolina. With two victories over Miami in Coral Gables, Florida State surpassed last year’s ACC win total of 16. Since joining the league in 1992, FSU is the only team in the ACC to post 14 or more league wins in each of the last 16 seasons. FSU started 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 three times.

NATIONAL SEMIFINALISTS
Senior Bryan Henry and junior Tony Thomas, Jr. were both named semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award as announced by the respective organizations on Tuesday, May 1.

For the Golden Spikes Award – in total, 40 college and universities are represented on the 2007 semifinalists list. Among the conferences, the ACC landed 10 players on the list to lead the nation. FSU was one of nine schools with multiple players selected to the semifinalists list including three schools from the ACC in North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia Tech. The winner will be announced on June 29 during the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball.

Past Florida State winners of the Golden Spikse Award include J.D. Drew (1997), Mike Loynd (1986) and Mike Fuentes (1984).

The Seminoles are one of seven college and universities to have two or more semifinalists in the running for the Howser Trophy as announced by the NCBWA and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.The winner will be announced at the College World Series on Friday, June 15.

J.D. Drew is the lone FSU recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy winning the award in 1997.

BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Florida State’s 3-2 win over Maryland last Sunday gave the Seminoles their best record in school history through 49 games as FSU moved its record to 42-7 on the year.

Check out this weekend’s complete game notes against Clemson in the pdf attachment listed above.

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