March 25, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – Following Bryan Henry should be a tough job but not for Seminole starter Tyler Chambliss. The junior cruised for seven innings allowing just one earned run and upping his record to 7-0 on the season as No. 1 Florida State (24-2, 7-1) won its 29th straight game at home 12-4 over Duke (8-20, 1-7). Jack Rye paced the offense with a homer and four RBIs as the Seminoles scored double digit runs for the tenth time this season.
“We were very pleased that we scored in seven of our eight at bats tonight,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Martin. “We were pleased with the little things we did. We moved runners, we had good at bats and created situations that produced runs. We had some very good at bats.”
“I felt good out there,” said Chambliss of his performance. “I feel like I threw the ball well. They didn’t really hit the ball that well off of me. They had a couple line drives to center that were right at Shane (Robinson). Basically anything near Shane he is going to catch. I had a couple two strike at bats where I felt I could have struck the guy out but I left the pitch up. It felt like I threw good tonight.”
One night after Henry carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning while striking out 12 Blue Devils, Chambliss continued to show he is more than just a “two” in FSU’s vaunted 1-2 combination. The Live Oak native fanned eight more batters as he raised his K total to 59 on the year just one behind Henry who has 60. The two Seminole starters are now a combined 14-0 and Chambliss has fanned 33 batters in his three ACC starts.
“It is good to come back and see if I could match what Henry did,” said Chambliss. “What he did the night before really was amazing. If things continue this way, it is going to be tough to beat us. That’s the way it is going to be and that’s the way it should be.”
Chambliss got off to a fast start in the first inning. The junior struck out the side sandwiched around one walk. Then Robinson came up and led off the game for FSU with a solid single to left center and then moved into scoring position when Duke starter Jeff Saris (0-4) was called for a balk. Dennis Guinn reached first when he was hit by a pitch putting two Seminoles aboard. Both runners moved into scoring position on a ground out and then an error by the Blue Devil second baseman brought both runners home.
A hit, error and sac bunt put Duke in position to get on the board in the second with two runners in scoring position and just one away. A groundout plated Duke’s first run of the game as the Blue Devils halved the lead but an attempt to steal home ended the inning as Chambliss flipped the ball to Kyle Maxie who tagged Javi Socorro out at the plate.
Mark Gildea opened the bottom half of the second by drawing a walk and Maxie followed with a free pass of his own. Ryan Strauss moved both runners up a base on a sac bunt. Saris got the second out on a strikeout looking but the hurler could not get out of the jam as Rye sent a 3-2 pitch over the screen in right making it a 5-1 game. It was the seventh HR of the season for Rye, which is tied for the team lead.
“I just got that up in the air,” said Rye of his homer. “I hit it well. It was a good AB. I got a bunch of pitches that at bat. He made a few good pitches and I was able to foul them off then he left one over the plate. I tried to do as much damage as was possible.”
Duke threatened again in the third as FSU’s second error of the game opened the door. A hit, fielder’s choice and error loaded the bases with two away. An infield hit allowed the Blue Devils to cut the lead to 5-2
The Seminoles came right back in the third off new Duke pitcher Andrew Wolcott. Buster Posey drew a walk and Tony Thomas, Jr. doubled to put runners on second and third with one away. Gildea then drove in Posey on a sac fly to right field.
In the top of the fifth a walk, steal and base hit put runners on the corners for Duke as they continued to hand around in a 6-2 game. A ground out to first brought in the third run of the game once again cutting the FSU lead in half.
Guinn and Ryne Malone led off the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back singles as FSU looked to answer Duke’s run in the top of the inning. Tallahassee native Tony Bajoczky, who started as the DH and moved to the mound in the fourth, got the next two outs moving the Blue Devils closer to getting out of the jam but he could not close down the threat. Gildea drove in his second run of the night on a single up the middle putting FSU back in front by four runs at 7-3.
Robinson started another FSU rally in the sixth. The junior singled and stole second before Rye drove him home with his 30th RBI of the year and his fourth of the night. His 30 RBIs are just one shy of the 31 he had as a freshman in 71 games.
“I worked really hard and I told myself it would come,” said Rye of his increased homerun and RBI totals. “I never really think about it. It is happening and it is great. I am just going to keep playing my game.”
New Duke pitcher Jimmy Gallagher opened the bottom of the seventh by walking the first two batters he faced. Both runners moved into scoring position on a fly ball out and a steal and then Ryan McArdle sacrificed the ninth run of the game home as FSU went in front 9-3.
In the bottom of the eighth the Blue Devils loaded the bases with one away off new pitcher Matt DiBlasi by virtue of a couple base hits and a hit batter. The Seminoles got the second out on a force at second allowing one run to come in but DiBlasi fanned the next batter to end the threat.
Guinn opened the bottom half of the eighth with a double off the wall in left field. Malone then collected a double of his own, this one high off the screen in right center plating Guinn with the 10th run. Thomas recorded FSU’s 11th hit of the night with an RBI single through the left side as the lead grew to 11-4. Danny Diaz then came up and singled to put runners on the corners. Travis Anderson followed by ripping a double down the left field run as the 12th run came home.
Florida State continues conference play versus Duke Sunday at 12:00 p.m. as they conclude the series. Game Tracker will be available for every game this season along with a live radio broadcasts available on WFLA locally and free on the Internet at seminoles.com.