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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Florida State Travels to Duke For First Road Series of Season

March 30, 2007

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Florida State will leave the state of Florida for the first time in 2007 as the Seminoles make their first ACC road trip of the season facing the Duke Blue Devils for a three-game set beginning Friday, March 30 at Jack Coombs Field. FSU leads the all-time series 59-17, while maintaining a record of 18-6 in games played in Durham, N.C. The Seminoles have won three straight and 38 of the last 41 meetings against the Blue Devils. Duke won the last game played in Durham back in 2005 defeating Florida State 8-7 in the finale of a three-game series. In the last six series played at Duke, Florida State is 14-4 with the Blue Devils taking one game in the series four times. Three of those four wins have been the final game of the series, while in 1995 the Blue Devils won game one. Florida State have never lost a series to Duke in Durham in eight opportunites (7-0-1). The 59 victories are the third most against an ACC opponent (Miami 131 & Wake Forest 64) and the .776 winning percentage is sixth among ACC opponents (Boston College 1.000, Maryland .941, Virginia Tech .833, Wake Forest .790 and Virginia .784).

Friday, March 30, 2007, 7:00 PM First Pitch, Radio – 1270 the Team
Florida State: Bryan Henry, rhp, 6-0, 2.37 ERA
Duke: Alex Hassan, rhp, 2-0, 2.10 ERA

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 2:00 PM First Pitch, Web Cast – ACC Select, Radio – 1270 the Team
Florida State: Michael Hyde, rhp, 8-0, 1.74 ERA
Duke: Tony Bajoczky, rhp, 4-2, 2.27 ERA

Sunday, April 1, 2007, 12:00 PM First Pitch, TV – Sun Sports, Radio – 1270 the Team
Florida State: Ryan Strauss, rhp, 6-0, 1.57 ERA
Duke: TBA

Duke ran out to a 15-1 start winning its first nine games of the season. Since then, the Blue Devils have won four of their last 12 games and sit with an overall record of 18-9. Duke is 1-8 in league play this season as the Blue Devils lone win came against Georgia Tech last weekend. This weekend’s series marks the third ACC series played at home for the Blue Devils in 2007. Seven of Duke’s eight losses in league play have been decided by five runs or less including four by three runs or less. Duke opened ACC play at home against Boston College and was swept by the Eagles. The Blue Devils then traveled to face Clemson where they dropped all three games, two of which were decided by three runs or less. Duke returned home to face Georgia Tech last weekend winning one of three. The Blue Devils lost a one-run lead to the Jackets in the top of the ninth in game one, but bounced back nicely in Saturday’s game shutting out Georgia Tech 3-0. GT would win the series with a 5-1 victory on Sunday. Jimmy Gallagher leads the Blue Devils with a .354 average, while as a team Duke is hitting .313. On the mound, Duke has posted a team ERA of 3.46 led by starters Alex Hassan (2.10) and Tony Bajoczky (2.27).

Last season, Florida State swept Duke in Tallahassee outscoring the Blue Devils 34-11. Jack Rye and Dennis Guinn combined for 12 RBI’s, while the Seminoles posted a weekend batting average of .388. Guinn, Rye and Travis Anderson each hit a home run in the series. Guinn tied for the series-high with six hits followed closely behind by Rye and Tony Thomas, Jr. with five each.

On the mound, Bryan Henry had a career outing in game one throwing 8.2 innings and 12 strikeouts. The Tallahassee, Fla. native did not walk a batter as Florida State defeated Duke 7-2. Michael Hyde pitched the series finale and picked up the win going five innings allowing four runs on six hits as the Seminoles rolled 15-5. For the weekend, FSU posted a team ERA of 3.00 allowing just nine earned runs and holding the Blue Devils to a team batting average of .194.

Defensively, the Seminoles made just three errors in the series to post an overall fielding percentage of .975. Guinn made 31 put outs at first base without committing an error to lead FSU.

After opening league play with a pair of series sweeps over Wake Forest and Boston College, Florida State is the lone unbeaten team in the ACC at 6-0. The Seminoles are off to their best start in the conference since 1999 when the Garnet and Gold started 13-0. Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU has started league play winning its first six games just three times. The Seminoles best-ever start in ACC play came in 1996 when FSU ran out to a 17-0 mark. Both in 1996 (19-5) and 1999 (22-2), Florida State finished winning the conference regular season title, but came up short in its quest for an ACC Tournament championship.

FRIDAY: Senior Bryan Henry will make his ninth start of the season, all on Friday, as Florida State travels to Duke for its first three-game conference road series of the season. Henry is 6-0 on the year with an ERA of 2.37. He earned his first ACC victory last weekend against Boston College pitching eight innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out 10. In his conference opener, Henry pitched six innings against Wake Forest allowing four runs on five hits in earning a no decision. He allowed a career-high four walks in that game. Henry is 1-1 lifetime against the Blue Devils making three appearances including one start. In his lone start, Henry posted career-highs in innings pitched (8.2) and strike outs (12) in FSU’s 7-2 victory last year. Henry made two appearances as a sophomore throwing 6.2 innings giving up two runs on five hits. Overall, Henry has posted 19 strike outs, while not issuing a free pass against Duke. The senior has allowed a run or less in six of his eight starts this season. Henry has pitched a season-high eight innings twice this season keeping the Hoosiers scoreless on six hits, while giving up one run on four hits vs. BC. He has worked three games this year where he has pitched at least six innings without issuing a free pass. Henry has made 20 career starts against league opponents posting a career record of 10-5 with an ERA of 2.76. He has registered 108 strike outs against ACC teams and just 35 walks. The Tallahassee, Fla., native has now struck out at least seven batters in four straight outings.

SATURDAY: Senior Michael Hyde will look for his ninth straight win in as many starts this season as he takes the mound on Saturday against the Blue Devils. Hyde leads the team in wins (8) and is second among starters with an ERA of 1.74. He has held the opposition to a .199 batting average in 2007. He has worked into the fifth inning in each of his eight previous starts including four games of pitching into the sixth. He worked a season-high 7.0 innings against Boston College last weekend. The Tallahassee, Fla., native is 16-1 in his last 19 starts for the Seminoles dating back to last year, while posting a career mark of 24-3 as a member of the Garnet and Gold. In last week’s victory over Boston College, Hyde allowed two first inning runs, but settled down to shut out the Eagles for the next six. He struck out four and did not issue a walk for the second time all season. This will be Hyde’s 14th start against an ACC opponent as he has compiled a record of 8-0 with a 4.39 ERA. Hyde is 2-0 lifetime against Duke with two starts.

SUNDAY: Junior Ryan Strauss will look to make his eighth start of the season on Sunday against Duke. He has pitched at least five innings in all seven previous starts, while throwing into the seventh in his last three outings. The Tampa, Fla., native set career-highs in innings pitched (8) and strikeouts (8) against Indiana. He has thrown seven innings in back-to-back league games earning victories over Wake Forest and Boston College. Strauss has given up just one run in two league games holding opponents to a .140 average. He held BC without a hit for the first six innings in his last outing. Strauss is 6-0 on the year and leads the ACC with a 1.57 ERA. In his last three starts covering 20 innings, Strauss has allowed just one run. He has pitched two games in which he did not issue a walk. He earned his first career win as a starter as he pitched five solid innings against Tennessee on opening weekend. This will be Strauss’ third start against an ACC opponent and first appearance against the Blue Devils.

The trio of Bryan Henry, Michael Hyde and Ryan Strauss have formed quite the weekend rotation for the Seminoles in 2007 as the three pitchers have combined to post a record of 20-0 and an ERA of 1.90 in 23 starts. Together they have thrown 122 strikeouts and issued 30 base-on-balls. Opponents are hitting just .212 in 504 at-bats and that includes only one home run.

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