April 28, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – Things just keep getting better and better for FSU sophomore Bryan Henry. Last week he beat two top five teams in Miami and Florida. Monday he was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career. Now he has been named College Baseball Insider’s National Player of the Week. Henry is the second FSU pitcher this season to win a national weekly honor and he is the first to win ACC and National weekly honors in the same week.
Florida State’s sophomore starter is coming off a dream week. The Tallahassee native started against two top seven teams on top of the two teams he grew up watching play his hometown Seminoles in No. 5 Florida and No. 7 Miami. Not only did he beat both top seven teams, he did it with two of the best starts turned in by an FSU pitcher and he did it just five days apart. In his two wins against Florida and Miami last week, Henry pitched 15 1/3 innings gave up three runs, struck out nine batters and issued just three walks. Teams hit just .211 versus the right-hander with runners on base and .226 overall in the two games. He registered the longest outing of the year by any Seminole in the win over Miami (8.0) and the third longest outing of the year versus Florida (7 1/3).
Tuesday versus No. 5 Florida it looked like he pitched the game of his life going 7 1/3 downing one of FSU’s most bitter rivals 4-2. Five days later it was another top five team and another huge rival. All Henry did was throw eight innings of four hit ball and allow one run as FSU handed Miami its worst defeat in 76 games dating back to April 2, 2004. The 13-1 victory was the most lopsided win ever for the Seminoles at Miami tying the 1957 team. It was also tied for the fewest runs scored by a Miami team in 2005. Henry held the Canes to just four hits and limited Miami’s two National Player of the Year candidates (Jon Jay and Ryan Braun who are ranked fifth and 21st in the nation in batting) to one hit in six at bats. He did not allow a walk versus Miami marking the eighth time in 10 appearances this season that Henry did not allow a free pass. The Canes came into the game with the fourth best team batting average in the nation and the sixth ranked offense as far as runs scored and Henry held them to one run and a team batting average of .138, over 300 points below their season average.
The Seminoles will continue ACC play with a key series versus Virginia who is fresh off a sweep of Georgia Tech and winners of six straight games. The game will be carried live on Sun Sports. Game Tracker will be available for all this year’s games along with Steve Melewski’s live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.