Feb. 22, 2007
A LOOK AT THE APPALACHIAN STATE SERIES
Florida State leads the all-time series against Appalachian State 13-0 with every game in the series being played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have outscored the Mountaineers 121-38 during its 13-game win streak, while holding ASU to two runs or less in seven contests including a shutout back in 2003. The two teams last met in 2005 as Florida State won the first two games before the series finale was cancelled due to inclement weather. Florida State has also managed to score double-digit runs five times on Appalachian State in the series. Florida State is off to its best start since 1999, while the Mountaineers enter the weekend series at 4-1, winners of four straight including a mid-week victory at Wake Forest. Friday’s game is the first of 13 straight home games for the Seminoles. Fans can follow all the action from this series over the internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.
THE PROBABLE ROTATION
FRIDAY: Bryan Henry earned his second win in three starts as he pitched six innings allowing one run on six hits against Hofstra. It was the second time this season the senior right hander pitched into the sixth inning of a game. In his second start against UNC Asheville, the Tallahassee, Fla., native got a no decision against the Bulldogs as he worked four innings allowing six runs on seven hits. He would finish the game with five strikeouts, while walking just two. 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 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 32nd career start for FSU in game two of the Appalachian State series. The senior right hander picked up his third win in as many starts working five innings of shutout ball against Hofstra. He allowed just one hit in his five innings of work. The Tallahassee, Fla., native is 11-1 in his last 14 starts for the Seminoles dating back to last year. Against UNC Asheville, 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. He 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 19-3 in his Seminole career. Hyde has just one loss in his last 34 appearances, a span including 24 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 (2.78) over a run and a half lower than his season ERA.
SUNDAY: Ryan Strauss will make his second straight Sunday start and his third overall start in 2007 when he faces Appalachian State in the series finale. The junior right hander is 2-0 in two starts with a 3.46 ERA. He has registered 13 innings allowing five earned runs while striking out six batters. Strauss surpassed his previous career-high of five innings pitched, set in his first start against Tennessee, throwing six innings against Hofstra. Strauss allowed just one run on five hits, while striking out three Pride batters. He did not give up a walk as he retired the Pride in order allowing just one hit through the first three innings. Strauss got the win against Tennessee pitching 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 against UNC Asheville working two innings allowing one unearned run on one hit, while walking one and striking out one.
FIFTH PLACE ALL-TIME FOR #11
Chalk up yet another milestone for Florida State head coach Mike Martin. With the Seminoles 14-6 win over Florida in Gainesville this past Tuesday, Martin moved into sole possession of fifth place on the NCAA all-time wins list with 1,445 victories. Martin passed former High Point and Virginia Tech head coach Chuck Hartman on the list, who retired after 46 years as a collegiate head coach.
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