April 28, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – The 10th-ranked Seminole baseball team didn’t have a mid-week game for the first time since February 27 and they also had three days off from practice during finals. The rest showed Friday night as FSU cruised past Savannah State 11-0. The shutout was the fifth of the season for the Seminoles (34-10) who scored double digit runs for the 15th time this year. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for Florida State and was the first win in the opening game of a three-game set since April 7 versus Boston College.
“That’s as good as I have felt in nine days,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “It has been difficult. I am just proud of the way the young men got after it tonight.”
Bryan Henry led the way for FSU on the hill as the junior picked up his fourth combined shutout of the season. Henry came into the game fourth in the NCAA in that category. He allowed just one hit in seven innings of work and struck out six. The win improved Henry to 9-2 as he kept in the running for the most wins by any pitcher in the nation.
“It feels good to get a win,” said Henry. “The team played defense behind me and that’s what it is all about. I did the same things tonight I have been doing the past couple of weeks. I was just a little more fortunate tonight.”
“Bryan pitched well, no doubt about it,” said Martin. “He pitched his pitches much better than he has in the past few starts and that’s what he has to do with a very difficult and important stretch of ball games coming up.”
Offensively FSU took advantage of six SSU errors to score 11 runs, six of which were unearned. Tommy Oravetz led the Seminoles with three RBIs while Jack Rye, Buster Posey and Danny Diaz all had multi-hit games. Ryne Malone was the only FSU player with an extra base hit as he went yard for the ninth time this season.
“We went through such a tough stretch of the season,” said Malone. “It happens. Things wear on you when you get in that grind. We have had some good AB’s through this stretch. We got 11 runs on the board tonight and they had zero, so we’ll take it.”
The Seminoles got started early when an error put Robinson on base and then Rye followed with a single putting runners on the corners in the first. Robinson came in on a wild pitch and Rye moved into scoring position. Posey singled in the second run of the game for FSU versus Tiger starter Marcus Cortes (9-5). Oravetz then came up with two outs and knocked in two more runs on a single to left center making it a 4-0 game.
Robinson led off the second with a walk and then moved up on a wild pitch. Rye sacrificed the runner to third before Cortes retired the next two batters. He couldn’t get out of the inning unscathed though as Malone homered for the ninth time of the year making it a 6-0 game.
FSU put a couple base runners on in the sixth thanks to an error and a hit by pitch. A sac bunt botched by the defense loaded the bases and then an infield hit brought FSU’s seventh run home. A walk to Oravetz forced in another run and then Diaz singled home two more runs as the lead grew to 10-0. A passed ball brought in another run off new pitcher John Keene.
The Seminoles continue their series with Savannah State Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The first 1,000 people in attendance tomorrow will receive a Mike Martin bobble head doll. Every Seminole baseball game will be carried live on WFLA and on Seminoles.com where broadcasts are free of charge. Game Tracker will also be available for every FSU game in 2006.