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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: No. 5 Florida State Looks To Stay Unbeaten Against Hofstra

Feb. 16, 2007

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A QUICK LOOK AT THE HOFSTRA SERIES

Florida State and Hofstra square-off on the diamond for a three-game set at Dick Howser Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Seminoles start 6-0 for the 10th time in 28 seasons under head coach Mike Martin posting a pair of three-game sweeps over Tennessee and UNC Asheville. Hofstra enters the series with an 0-3 mark after being swept at Auburn last weekend. The Pride finished last season with a record of 24-31-1, while posting a mark of 11-19-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Florida State has an all-time record of 33-3 against current schools in the CAA. Game one of the series on Friday will be shown on ACC Select (http://fsu.playonsports.tv/). It will be Florida State’s third appearance on the web-based program in 2007 as the Seminoles won the first two meetings against Tennessee.

Probable Series Pitching Match-ups

Friday, February 16, 2007 – 3:00 pm
Florida State – Bryan Henry, rhp (1-0, 5.40 ERA)
Hofstra – Will DeVito, rhp (0-0, 10.80 ERA)

Saturday, February 17, 2007 – 1:00 pm
Florida State – Michael Hyde, rhp (2-0, 2.38 ERA)
Hofstra – Drew Luedtke, lhp (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

Sunday, February 18, 2007 – 12:30 pm
Florida State – Ryan Strauss, rhp (1-0, 5.14 ERA)
Hofstra – Patrick Rogers, rhp (0-0, 8.10 ERA)

THE ROTATION
FRIDAY: Bryan Henry looks to rebound from his last outing against UNC Asheville as he takes the mound in game one, Friday afternoon against Hofstra. Last weekend, the Tallahassee, Fla., native got a no decision against the Bulldogs as he worked four innings allowing six runs on seven hits. Henry looked as though he would pick up right where he left off in his impressive season debut against Tennessee as he struck out the first two UNC Asheville batters. He would finish the game with five strikeouts, while walking just two. Following a no decision, Henry has accumulated a 2-1 record in his career. In his first start of the 2007 season, Henry showed why he has been named a first team All-ACC honoree the past two seasons working six solid innings of shutout baseball allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out 11 Tennessee batters (one shy of his career-high set last year against Duke). It was the third time in Henry’s career that he has reached double digit strikeouts (10 vs. Auburn 2005; 12 vs. Duke 2006). In 2006, the FSU ace was brilliant versus non-conference competition. Henry went 5-2 with a 2.26 ERA versus non-ACC teams. The senior right hander was even more impressive last year in the regular season versus FSU’s non-conference opponents. Henry was a perfect 5-0 with a 0.72 ERA in those games striking out 41 and issuing just eight walks. During the 2006 regular season, non-conference opponents hit just .188 versus Henry in the regular season and he averaged almost 10 K’s per nine innings. Last season Henry was tied for the NCAA lead with four combined shutouts and 10 of his 18 starts were quality starts.

SATURDAY: Michael Hyde is scheduled to make his 31st career start for FSU in game two of the Hofstra series. The senior right hander earned his second win of the season in as many appearances working five innings allowing five runs, three of which were earned, on five hits. Hyde’s consecutive innings streak without giving up a run ended at 18.2 innings (dating back to last season) as the Bulldogs struck for three runs in the top of the first. In his first start of 2007, Hyde pitched a gem throwing 6.1 innings striking out a career-high 10 batters. The Tallahassee, Fla., native matched his previous career-high of seven strikeouts, set in February of 2005 against St. Joseph’s, by the end of the fourth inning. Hyde posted a 9-1 record in 2006 and is 18-3 in his Seminole career. Hyde has just one loss in his last 33 appearances, a span including 23 starts. Last season his only loss came versus an SEC team as he lasted just 1.1 innings in a start versus the Gators. Before that defeat, Hyde hadn’t lost since March 10, 2005 versus Hawaii. Hyde has been at his best in his career versus non-conference opponents though. Last year he led the team with a 7-1 record versus non-ACC teams while posting an ERA over a run and a half lower than his season ERA. His 2.78 ERA versus non-conference competition was the same as All-American Tyler Chambliss’ ERA in those games. In non-conference action, opponents hit just .225 off of Hyde and he held right-handers to an incredible .183 batting average.

SUNDAY: Ryan Strauss returns to the rotation in game three against Hofstra as the junior right hander will make his fourth career start for the Seminoles and second of the season. Strauss got the win against Tennessee pitching a career-high five innings giving up four runs on six hits while striking out two Volunteer batters. The win was his first career win as a starter. The Tampa, Fla., native made a relief appearance in last Saturday’s contest against UNC Asheville working two innings allowing one unearned run on one hit, while walking one and striking out one. In 18 at-bats with runners on base, Strauss has limited the opposition to just three hits, good for a batting average of .167.

ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tony Thomas, Jr., was honored by the league office on Monday, February 12 as the season’s first Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week.

Thomas went went 8-for-11 (.727), posting an on-base percentage of .800 and a slugging percentage of 1.000 in Florida State’s three-game sweep of UNC Asheville. Thomas reached base safely in five of six at-bats in game one going 2-for-4 with a single, a double, two walks and three runs scored. The offensive production continued for Thomas on Saturday as he went 3-for-4 with three singles, a hit-by-pitch and a stolen base. In the series finale against the Bulldogs, Thomas went to the plate in each of the first four innings recording a bunt single in the first, back-to-back doubles in the second and third innings and a walk in the fourth. The junior second baseman also stole a pair of bases to remain perfect on the season in five attempts. Thomas also got a hit in the first inning of each game this past weekend recording a double and two singles. He scored in the first inning in all three games.

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