April 7, 2006
Chestnut Hill, MA – The third-ranked Seminoles first ever game in Chestnut Hill was a cold and rainy affair. What started out as a beautiful day in Boston turned increasingly wet and chilly but the weather didn’t get in the way of FSU’s offense or pitching. Florida State (29-4, 10-3) pounded out 11 hits and was led by another strong Bryan Henry pitching performance as the Seminoles downed Boston College (16-13, 4-9) 7-1 in the first meeting between the schools.
Henry (8-1) was in control the whole afternoon. The junior pitched seven innings of shutout ball and threw just 102 pitches. He gave up only four hits and struck out five while issuing just two walks.
“This was another outstanding performance by Bryan Henry,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “This was not the greatest day to play baseball but I was pleased with the way we got after it. I was very pleased with the way we approached the game. These are very important games for us.”
“It was fun,” said Henry. “The weather was definitely an element we had to deal with. There is nothing you can do about that. You just play the cards you are dealt. BC did a good job of putting the ball in play. The defense was very good behind me.”
This was the first start for Henry since losing at North Carolina last week. That defeat broke a streak of 13 consecutive regular season victories for the Seminole ace and a run of eight straight ACC wins. The Tallahassee native once again came back strong and is now 3-0 with 15 K’s in his three starts following a loss since moving into the starting rotation last season.
“Without a doubt it felt good to get back up on the horse,” said Henry. “You can’t control what happened in the past. (UNC’s) Andrew Miller pitched great. It felt good to go out there and get a win again.”
Six Seminoles combined to pound out 11 hits, 10 of which were singles. It was FSU’s 25th game of the year with double digit hits and once again it was a big inning that propelled the Seminoles to victory. Florida State’s six-run fifth inning was the difference in the game.
“We got the job done,” said Martin. “We had some very good at bats. We had six walks. We did what it took. Of course the big inning was what we were looking for and was a result of good at bats.”
Buster Posey and Shane Robinson both had multi-hit games as Robinson extended his hit streak to 20. He now has the two longest hit streaks by an FSU player since Chris Smith put together a 25-game streak in 20000. Each Seminole hitter from the third through seven spots in the order recorded an RBI. Two players who got opportunities due to injury filled in and played very well. Ryan McArdle started his second consecutive game at first base for Dennis Guinn and went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Travis Anderson, getting a shot at DH with Josh Spivey experiencing back spasms and McArdle playing first, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.
“With Dennis being ill it is enabling guys to get opportunities and one of those players in Travis Anderson,” said Martin. “He certainly put himself in a favorable light today with the way he played.”
Tony Thomas, Jr. recorded the first hit of the game versus BC starter Nate Jeanes (1-3) but for the second time in two innings the runner was erased. In the first inning the Eagles caught Robinson trying to advance on a wild pitch. Then Thomas got picked off when Jeanes threw over to first as Thomas broke to second trying to steal.
Danny Diaz drew a one-out walk in the third, the third of the game for FSU. Robinson stepped up with a base knock. The single was misplayed allowing Robinson to move up to second and Diaz to third. A wild pitch brought Diaz in with the first run of the game. Jack Rye was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners but Jeanes came back and ended the threat by fanning his fifth and sixth batters of the game.
The Eagles recorded their first hit of the game on a Jett Ruiz double in the third. A one out walk by Henry put two on for BC. A hard hit ball to center was tracked down by Robinson for the second out and then Henry ended the threat on a grounder to third.
Diaz started a big fifth inning off by singling sharply through the left side. Robinson followed with a shot up the middle and he moved to second as BC threw down trying to get Diaz at third base. With two runners in scoring position and nobody out Rye drew a walk to load the bases as FSU threatened to break the game open. Posey singled just over the bag at third making it a 2-0 game with the bases still juiced and BC looking for the first out. A walk to Ryne Malone drove in another run and ended Jeanes day on the hill. New pitcher Michael Wanamaker got Thomas although the sophomore got a run in on the sac fly. Both runners moved up on the play as the Seminoles kept two in scoring position. FSU added to the lead on a Anderson single but the DH was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double. Malone was unable to come home as he collided with the shortstop as he took off on the hit. Malone did make it home on the next at bat though as McArdle singled through the left side as the fifth run of the inning and sixth of the game came around to score. Diaz came up for the second time in the inning and got another run home. The catcher grounded to short and the ball took a hop up into the shoulder of the BC shortstop who could not handle it allowing the seventh run of the game to come home.
Henry and the FSU defense put out a couple of minor fires in the sixth and seventh. The junior hurler then gave way to Jimmy Marshall in the eighth. The freshman pitched well but could not hang on to the shutout when a two-out miscue in the ninth opened the door for an RBI triple, the first allowed by a Florida State pitcher in 2006.
Florida State continues its three-game ACC series with Boston College Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Game Tracker will be available for every game this season along with live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and free on the Internet at seminoles.com.