June 3, 2006
SETTING THE STAGE
Florida State has a chance to put itself in prime position to advance to an eighth straight Super Regional with a victory tonight. FSU’s win over Jacksonville was the team’s 14th straight win in a regional opener and they have won 11 of the previous 13 Regionals when winning the opening game. The last time FSU won the Regional opener and failed to win the Regional was 1997 when the Seminoles defeated Marist 4-2 but lost the championship game to Auburn 5-2. Overall, FSU has done very well following a win in the fist game of an NCAA Tournament. Florida State is 18-2 following their last 20 Regional opening victories. The last time FSU won its first NCAA Tournament game and then lost game number two was in 2003. That year FSU defeated JU 6-0 and then lost to South Alabama 8-6. Since 1975, FSU has never followed an opening win with a loss when playing a Regional on the road going 4-0. The Seminoles are even better in the second game of a Regional following a big day at the plate. FSU is 6-0 in their second game of a Regional when they score double digit runs in an NCAA Tournament opener.
HOT, HOT, HOT
FSU is on fire at the plate as of late and the reason for that are the guys hitting at the bottom of the order. Travis Anderson, Tony Thomas, Jr. and Danny Diaz have been unstoppable in the postseason. The trio has combined to hit .443 with 17 runs scored, five doubles, four homers, 44 total bases and 19 RBIs. Those three guys have slugged .721 in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. None of those players has been hotter than Travis Anderson. The DH is hitting .579 and slugging 1.053 in the postseason with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs. Diaz is hitting .500 but more importantly he has five of the team’s eight sacrifices this postseason.
HERE WE GO AGAIN
No Seminole pitcher has started more games versus ranked teams than tonight’s starter Tyler Chambliss. The semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award will start his eighth game versus a ranked opponent. Chambliss is 2-4 in seven starts versus Top 25 teams with a 5.15 ERA. Chambliss has gone back and forth as far as how well he has pitched when it comes to ranked teams as of late. He gave up two earned runs to Wake Forest, nine earned to Clemson, then one to NC State and four to North Carolina in his last start. He has averaged over six innings per start in those seven games and has a K:BB ratio of 2:1.
REBIRTH OF THE LONG BALL
With three homers versus Jacksonville, FSU has now hit 16 homeruns in the last nine games. FSU did not have a homer in the previous six games before that and had just 16 homers in the previous 26 games. This is the most productive stretch of the year for FSU as far as homers go. The last stretch that was nearly as good was back in March when the Seminoles hit 16 homers in a 10-game span.
A LOOK BACK AT THE JU GAME
Shane Robinson reached base to lead off a game for the 28th time this year. FSU is 23-5 in those games.
Robinson tied a single season high with his sixth homerun of the year.
Travis Anderson now has as many doubles (3) in the postseason (5 games) as he did in the entire regular season (31 games).
FSU scored double digit runs for the third time in the last nine games.
Of the 49 games in which Buster Posey has a hit, 26 have been multi-hit games.
FSU’s 6-7-8 hitters combined for 13 of FSU’s 18 RBIs.
Travis Anderson had a career high 4 RBIs.
Ryan Strauss set a career-high with five RBIs. Strauss set a new career high with two doubles in the game as well.
FSU tied a season with five doubles in the game.
Michael Hyde has now gone a career-high 12 1/3 scoreless innings. Hyde has lost just once since March 10 0f 2005 covering 31 appearances and 21 starts. He is also 3-0 in his career in the postseason with a 0.70 ERA in four starts
The 18 runs scored were the most runs scored by FSU since they defeated Brown 21-5 March 4.
FSU scored six runs in two separate innings for the first time in 2006. FSU’s six runs in the first inning were the most runs the team had scored in the first this year.