The senior out of Chico, Calif., has a keen eye at the plate, re-affirmed by his team-leading .436 on-base percentage. FSU ranks second in the NCAA in walks this season and Henderson is a main component. His 36 bases on balls is second on the team behind shortstop Taylor Walls. Not included in that mark is another 10 hit-by-pitches, a mark that leads the Seminoles’ roster.
“Being able to handle the bat in any count, especially with two strikes is key,” Henderson said.
“Having the confidence to go up there with two strikes has never been a problem for me, making sure I get a pitch I want to hit and, if not, letting it go.”
Henderson’s ability to reach base while hitting ninth for FSU is an important element of the Seminoles’ potent offensive arsenal. The Noles rank in the top 20 in the country in runs per game and third in the ACC in the category. The roster has its share of power bats, but the senior’s mature plate-approach has made the line-up one of the nation’s best from top to bottom.
“He came in with a lot of savvy when it comes to pitch selection and putting together a quality at-bat,” FSU hitting coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “We’ve done a few things (to improve him), but he really came in with a good idea as well.”
“Matt being a senior, he knows his role, strengths and position on the team,” Walls added. “He never goes out there and tries to do something he’s not capable of doing.”