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Weekly Release: Florida State Welcomes Hofstra To Town For A Three-Game Set

Feb. 14, 2007

Tallahassee, Fla. –

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NOTING THE SEMINOLES
* Florida State begins a season 6-0 for the 10th time in 28 seasons under head coach Mike Martin and for the second time in the last three years.
* Since Mike Martin took over the reigns as head coach in 1980, the Seminoles have opened a season sweeping the first two, three-game series six times. This year Florida State has taken the first two series defeating Tennessee and UNC Asheville.
* Florida State outscored UNC Asheville 44-15 last weekend as the Seminoles pounded out 49 hits compiling a weekend batting average of .422. Through the first six games, the Seminoles are hitting .405 with 92 hits in 227 at-bats. FSU has also scored 76 runs, an average of 12.7 runs per game.
* Of the 92 Seminole hits registered in 2007, 23 have gone for extra base hits including 21 doubles, one triple and one home run. Junior Jack Rye has hit the lone home run of the season, a three-run shot against Tennessee in the bottom of the fifth as Florida State rolled to a 9-2 victory.
* Mike Martin is just five wins away from moving into fifth place for all-time career wins in NCAA Baseball history. Former Virginia Tech and High Point head coach Chuck Hartman ranks fifth all-time with 1,445 victories. Martin is currently sixth with 1,441 wins.
* Florida State will chase its 29th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance this season.
* The Seminoles played in the program’s 28th consecutive NCAA Tournament last season.
* FSU moved up in the rankings once again in week three and now sit 5th (10th LW) by Collegiate Baseball, 9th (14th LW) by Baseball America, and moved up in the Rivals.com poll for the second straight week with a ranking of 14 (20 LW). NCBWA and USA Today have yet to update their polls for the season. The Seminoles currently sit 15th by the NCBWA and 17th by the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll.
* Of the 35 players on Florida State’s 2007 roster, 31 have two years experience or less as Seminoles.
* The 2007 roster features just two players that were on the team when FSU last won an ACC Championship in 2004.
* The only Seminole who has played in each of the last three seasons is relief pitcher Brian Chambers. Chambers has made four relief appearances this season pitching 4.2 innings allowing just one earned run on three hits, while striking out five.
* The last time FSU began a season with just one fourth-year senior on the roster was 2004.
* Eight teams that played in the 2006 NCAA Baseball Tournament are on the Seminoles’ schedule in 2007.
* Half of the 2006 College World Series field was made up of ACC teams and FSU will play weekend series with all four of those squads.
* Players who accounted for 47 of FSU’s 69 homeruns in 2006 are back this year.
* Florida State has hit 55 or more homers for 12 straight seasons.
* For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Seminoles fielded .964 or better. Through the first six games of 2007, Florida State has posted a fielding percentage of .978 committing five errors in 231 chances.
* The 2005 and 2006 squads rank as two of the top five best defensive teams in FSU history.
* Bryan Henry has a chance to become the first three-time All-ACC first team selection in school history.
* The Seminoles lost pitchers that accounted for 23 of the team’s 44 wins in 2006.
* Seven of Florida State’s top nine pitchers as far as ERA are back in 2007.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE HOFSTRA SERIES
Florida State and Hofstra square-off on the diamond for a three-game set at Dick Howser Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Seminoles start 6-0 for the 10th time in 28 seasons under head coach Mike Martin posting a pair of three-game sweeps over Tennessee and UNC Asheville. Hofstra enters the series with an 0-3 mark after being swept at Auburn last weekend. The Pride finished last season with a record of 24-31-1, while posting a mark of 11-19-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Florida State has an all-time record of 33-3 against current schools in the CAA. Game one of the series on Friday will be shown on ACC Select (http://fsu.playonsports.tv/). It will be Florida State’s third appearance on the web-based program in 2007 as the Seminoles won the first two meetings against Tennessee.

THE ROTATION

FRIDAY: Bryan Henry looks to rebound from his last outing against UNC Asheville as he takes the mound in game one, Friday afternoon against Hofstra. Last weekend, the Tallahassee, Fla., native got a no decision against the Bulldogs as he worked four innings allowing six runs on seven hits. Henry looked as though he would pick up right where he left off in his impressive season debut against Tennessee as he struck out the first two UNC Asheville batters. He would finish the game with five strikeouts, while walking just two. Following a no decision, Henry has accumulated a 2-1 record in his career. In his first start of the 2007 season, Henry showed why he has been named a first team All-ACC honoree the past two seasons working six solid innings of shutout baseball allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out 11 Tennessee batters (one shy of his career-high set last year against Duke). It was the third time in Henry’s career that he has reached double digit strikeouts (10 vs. Auburn 2005; 12 vs. Duke 2006). In 2006, the FSU ace was brilliant versus non-conference competition. Henry went 5-2 with a 2.26 ERA versus non-ACC teams. The senior right hander was even more impressive last year in the regular season versus FSU’s non-conference opponents. Henry was a perfect 5-0 with a 0.72 ERA in those games striking out 41 and issuing just eight walks. During the 2006 regular season, non-conference opponents hit just .188 versus Henry in the regular season and he averaged almost 10 K’s per nine innings. Last season Henry was tied for the NCAA lead with four combined shutouts and 10 of his 18 starts were quality starts.

SATURDAY: Michael Hyde is scheduled to make his 31st career start for FSU in game two of the Hofstra series. The senior right hander earned his second win of the season in as many appearances working five innings allowing five runs, three of which were earned, on five hits. Hyde’s consecutive innings streak without giving up a run ended at 18.2 innings (dating back to last season) as the Bulldogs struck for three runs in the top of the first. In his first start of 2007, Hyde pitched a gem throwing 6.1 innings striking out a career-high 10 batters. The Tallahassee, Fla., native matched his previous career-high of seven strikeouts, set in February of 2005 against St. Joseph’s, by the end of the fourth inning. Hyde posted a 9-1 record in 2006 and is 18-3 in his Seminole career. Hyde has just one loss in his last 33 appearances, a span including 23 starts. Last season his only loss came versus an SEC team as he lasted just 1.1 innings in a start versus the Gators. Before that defeat, Hyde hadn’t lost since March 10, 2005 versus Hawaii. Hyde has been at his best in his career versus non-conference opponents though. Last year he led the team with a 7-1 record versus non-ACC teams while posting an ERA over a run and a half lower than his season ERA. His 2.78 ERA versus non-conference competition was the same as All-American Tyler Chambliss’ ERA in those games. In non-conference action, opponents hit just .225 off of Hyde and he held right-handers to an incredible .183 batting average.

SUNDAY: Ryan Strauss returns to the rotation in game three against Hofstra as the junior right hander will make his fourth career start for the Seminoles and second of the season. Strauss got the win against Tennessee pitching a career-high five innings giving up four runs on six hits while striking out two Volunteer batters. The win was his first career win as a starter. The Tampa, Fla., native made a relief appearance in last Saturday’s contest against UNC Asheville working two innings allowing one unearned run on one hit, while walking one and striking out one. In 18 at-bats with runners on base, Strauss has limited the opposition to just three hits, good for a batting average of .167.

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