Feb. 15, 2006
THE UNCA SERIES
Friday’s game between UNCA and FSU will be the 13th meeting in the all-time series that dates back to 1994. FSU holds an 11-1 edge in the series with all 12 games being played in
2004 Series By The Numbers
Games 3 3
Avg. .245 .141
Runs 13 3
Hits 23 13
Dbls 8 2
Trpls 1 0
HRs 1 0
RBIs 9 3
Slg % .383 .163
BB 16 8
K 23 19
SB 7 3
ERA 0.67 3.60
FRIDAY: Bryan Henry will make his third straight Friday start for FSU when the Seminoles open up their series with the Bulldogs. Henry is off to a solid start to the season. The ace off the Seminole staff in 2005 is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA. He has fanned 11 batters and walked only three. He leads the team in K’s and his K:BB ratio is better than any starter. Opponents are hitting just .222 off of him. Henry has been particularly tough on lefties holding them to a .154 average. The junior would like to improve on his numbers with runners on base though as teams are hitting .375 with a teammate aboard and with two outs in an inning where opponents are also hitting .375. Only two of the 12 leadoff hitters Henry has faced have reached base though and he is pitching extremely well with nobody on (.138 opponent batting average). The junior pitched very well at Mike Martin Field last season going 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA and 25 strikeouts compared to just nine walks. Teams hit just .148 with runners on versus Henry in Tallahassee and no FSU pitcher went deeper into home games on average than Henry did at Dick Howser Stadium in 2005 (6.06 innings). One area where Henry was susceptible at home in 2005 was to the long ball. He averaged giving up almost one homerun a game but it isn’t a huge concern as he allowed only four in 36.1 innings. On the other hand, Henry gave opposing teams nothing cheap when he pitched at home. He did not have a wild pitch, hit batter and he issued just nine walks. In over 36 innings and more than 100 outs, only nine batters got on base for free. Henry’s 4-1 record against non-conference opponents was tied for the best mark among FSU starters in 2005. His numbers versus non-conference opponents was remarkably steady. Lefties hit .244 against him, righties hit .246, teams hit .245 with runners on and .244 with the bases empty. That’s consistency at its finest. The only deviation was when there were two outs in an inning and that opponent average jumped to .306. Once again no Seminole averaged more innings per outing versus non-conference opponents than Henry who went 5.43 innings per game. He averaged just over two walks per game versus non-ACC teams and close to six K’s. This is the second time this season the Seminoles will face an opponent from the Big South conference. Henry recorded his first ever win against a Big South team opening day when he led FSU past
SATURDAY: Tyler Chambliss‘ transition from closer to full-time starter has gone off without a hitch so far. The junior is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 12 inning pitched. Both of his starts have been quality starts and teams are hitting just .200 off of him so far this season. Chambliss has been excellent in almost every possible scenario this season. Lefties are hitting just .211 off him, righties .192, teams are hitting just .167 with the bases empty and .238 with runners on base. Chambliss will continue to work on being more effective versus the first hitter of an inning as almost 39% of leadoff hitters are finding a way to get on base. Chambliss’ success in the first two games of 2006 should not be surprising because he was FSU’s top pitcher last season when it came to facing non-conference opponents. His ERA of 1.12 was over a run better than any other Seminole pitcher in non-ACC games. In 22 appearances the junior went 5-1 with nine saves. He allowed just four earned runs in 32 innings and had a K:BB ratio of almost 4:1 (40:11). Chambliss gave up just one extra base hit to non-conference teams last season and in 44 innings pitched the last two seasons he has allowed just a double and a triple to non-ACC foes. Last season those opponents hit just .165 off the right-hander he even had a helping hand in one of just two shutouts versus non-conference teams in 2005. Chambliss was an absolute nightmare to right-handers who hit just .103 off of him. Overall, the Live Oak native held opponents under .200 with runners on, with nobody on base and with two outs in an inning. His only area of concern was putting the leadoff runner aboard, which he did almost 36% of the time. As good as Chambliss was versus non-ACC opponents, he was even better at Mike Martin field last year. As a sophomore, Chambliss led FSU with a remarkable 0.69 home ERA as he went 4-0 with 11 saves. In 22 appearances he either saved or won the game on 15 occasions. He allowed just two earned runs in 26 innings of work while striking out 35 and issuing just six walks. Teams hit only .179 off of Chambliss and none recorded a single extra base hit. Right-handers hit just .120 off the curve ball specialist and with runners on base (.138) and two outs in an inning (.133), he was almost untouchable. He averaged over 12 K’s per game at Mike Martin Field and produced almost five times as many ground ball outs as fly ball outs. In four appearances versus Big South squads over the last two seasons, Chambliss has a sterling 0.96 ERA and a 2-0 record with two saves. He has fanned 17 hitters and walked just four in games versus conference members. Big South schools hit just .156 off Chambliss over the last two years.
SUNDAY: Barret Browning will get his second Sunday start after his last scheduled outing was canceled at
CROSS THAT OFF
After everything Shane Robinson did as a sophomore in 2005, it is amazing he still had something left to cross off his list as far as personal accomplishments go but with a 4-for-4 performance in an 8-3 win over
With the loss of all time appearance leader Kevin Lynch and the move of All-ACC closer Tyler Chambliss to the starting rotation, FSU’s new pitchers were a big part of the team’s bullpen plans coming into 2006. So far they have proven they are up to the task. Luke Tucker, Brent Marsh, Jimmy Marshall and Travis Burge have combined to pitch 10.1 innings and have allowed a total of just one run. This group has a combined ERA of 0.87 in nine appearances with 14 K’s, just four walks and one save. Opponents are hitting just .121 of the four new FSU pitchers and not a single left-hander has recorded a hit off of any one of these pitchers. With runners on base opponents are hitting just .182 off this group and with two outs in an inning these four pitchers have held batters to just one hit in 12 at bats (.083 batting average).
Considering the fact that Seminole right fielder Jack Rye didn’t get his first hit until his 14th at bat last season and didn’t see his average climb above .200 until the 10th game of his career, 2006 is off to a much better start for the sophomore.
THERE’S A PATTERN
Jack Rye is off to a hot start to the 2006 season as noted above and he is already halfway to his career homerun total after just five games.
GETTING OUT OF THE GATE
RANDOM NOTES FROM THE LAST SERIES
Bryan Henry set down 12 straight Auburn batters at one point of his no decision start Friday afternoon…new first baseman Dennis Guinn recorded a personal best three RBIs in game two of the Auburn series…Tyler Chambliss has made three career starts and each one of those starts has lasted exactly six innings…Chambliss picked up his second win this weekend, which is tied for second in the ACC…Henry struck out six Tiger batters and did not issue a single walk in his start Friday. It was the fourth time in his career he has not give out a free pass in a game he started…with a split in the weekend series with Auburn, FSU has not lost a regular season series to the Tigers since 1974.
OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
There are very few things consensus All-American Shane Robinson hasn’t done in his career but after his game versus
PITCHING PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK