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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Florida State Travels To Maryland For Weekend Series

May 2, 2007

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Friday, May 4, 2007; TV – SunSports; Radio – 1270 the TEAM
Florida State: Bryan Henry, rhp, vs. Maryland: Casey Baron, lhp

Saturday, May 5, 2007; Radio – 1270 the TEAM
Florida State: Michael Hyde, rhp, vs. Maryland: Ryan Moorer, rhp

Sunday, May 6, 2007; Web cast – ACC Select; Radio – 1270 the TEAM
Florida State: Danny Rosen, rhp, vs. Maryland: TBA

Florida State ventures north to face Maryland in a three-game conference set beginning Friday, May 4. FSU leads the all-time series 48-3, including a 20-1 record in games played in College Park. The Seminoles enter this weekend’s series winners of 27 straight games over the Terrapins including 19 consecutive victories on Maryland’s home turf. The Terps last victory over Florida State came on March 26, 1998 in Tallahassee. Maryland defeated FSU 5-2 back on May 2, 1993 in the Terps’ lone home win over the Seminoles. Florida State has won all 15 series against Maryland since joining the ACC in 1992. FSU’s .941 winning percentage over Maryland is the second highest among ACC opponents trailing only Boston College, who the Seminoles have defeated in all six games since the Eagles joined the conference in 2006.

Maryland currently sits in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with a league mark of 7-17. The Terrapins moved back to .500 on the season with a 1-0 shutout over Towson on Tuesday. They faced Maryland Eastern Shore in a mid-week match-up on Wednesday. Maryland has lost six of its last seven games including five straight in ACC play. The Terps finish their regular season schedule at home with a pair of three-game sets against Florida State and North Carolina. Maryland is 13-8 overall at Shipley Field and 3-6 in league play. AJ Casario leads the team in batting with a .320 average, while Mike Murphy and Dan Melvin are tied for the team lead with five home runs. Roger Clemens Award Watch List candidate Brett Cecil heads up the Maryland pitching staff as he leads the team with five wins, eight saves and 53 strikeouts.

Jack Rye and Tony Thomas, Jr. are the only two players on the 2007 roster that has played in all six games against Maryland over the past two seasons. Rye is a career .316 (6-for-19) hitter against the Terrapins with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Thomas has also collected six career hits against Maryland.

On the mound, the Seminole pitching staff has posted an ERA of 2.67 the last two years. Bryan Henry is 2-0 as a starter throwing seven innings in each of his two starts. Michael Hyde and Brian Chambers are the only other pitchers on the current staff to have at least two appearances against Maryland. Luke Tucker earned two saves in as many appearances last year pitching a combined two innings of shutout baseball. He gave up just one hit and struck out two over those two innings of work.

Florida State is 17-4 in the ACC and has won all seven, three-game series to start the 2007 season. The series against Maryland is the fourth three-game set on the road for the Seminoles this season. FSU is 6-3 away from home in 2007 collecting series victories over Duke, NC State and Miami. The Seminoles have posted series sweeps against Wake Forest, Boston College and Virginia Tech. With the two victories over Miami last weekend, Florida State surpassed last year’s ACC win total of 16. Since joining the league in 1992, FSU is the only team in the ACC to post 14 or more league wins in each of the last 16 seasons. The school record for the most ACC victories in a season is 22 set in 1999 that year the Seminoles finished league play at 22-2. The Seminoles lost at home for the first time in league play to North Carolina and now stand with a record of 11-1 in Dick Howser Stadium. FSU started a season 9-0 at home for the fifth time overall and for the first time since 2002. In 2001 and 2002, the Seminoles went undefeated at home in conferece play posting a perfect 12-0 record. This year Florida State won its first seven conference games before falling at Duke in game two of the series. It was the Seminoles’ best start in ACC play since 1999 when the Garnet and Gold started 13-0. Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU started league play winning its first six games just three times.

FRIDAY: Senior Bryan Henry will make his 14th start of the season, all on Friday, as Florida State travels to face Maryland for its fourth road conference series of the season. Henry is 11-0 on the year with an ERA of 2.45. He earned his sixth consecutive ACC victory last weekend at Miami, but not before getting some offensive help from his teammates in the top of the ninth to cap a four-run come-from-behind victory over the Hurricanes. Henry pitched eight innings allowing six runs, four earned, on eight hits. He struck out eight while walking just one. The senior right hander has now posted at least seven or more strikeouts in nine of his last 13 starts this season and in eight of his last nine outings. The Tallahassee, Fla., native also pitched eight innings of four hit ball against North Carolina two weeks ago. Against Boston College, Henry also pitched eight innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out 10. He has allowed a run or less in eight of his 13 starts this season. Henry has pitched a season-high eight innings four times this season including consecutive back-to-back games against North Carolina and Miami. He kept Indiana scoreless on six hits, while giving up one run on four hits to both BC and UNC. He has worked three games this year where he has pitched at least six innings without issuing a free pass. Henry has made 25 career starts against league opponents posting a career record of 15-5 with an ERA of 2.73. He has registered 145 strikeouts against ACC teams and just 43 walks. In 2007, Henry is 6-0 in six ACC starts throwing 49 innings and posting an ERA of 2.76. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.86 to 1 in league play this season. Henry is 2-0 in two career starts against Maryland. Two years ago in College Park, Henry led the Seminoles to a 7-2 victory as he threw seven innings allowing one run on four hits and three strikeouts.

SATURDAY: Senior Michael Hyde will look to return to the hill for his 13th start of the season in Saturday’s contest against the Terrapins. Hyde is looking for that elusive ninth win after starting the season with eight straight victories. He dropped two of his last four decisions while earning no decisions in his last two starts. The Tallahassee, Fla., native is tied for second on the team in victories (8) and is second among starters with an ERA of 2.79. He has worked into the fifth inning in nine of his 12 starts but has not made it through four complete innings in three of his last four games. After pitching a combined 4.1 innings in games against Duke and NC State, Hyde bounced back and pitched six solid innings against Virginia Tech in earning a no decision. The Tallahassee, Fla., native allowed two runs on six hits while striking out three. Against North Carolina, Hyde pitched 3.1 scoreless innings allowing just one hit. He was relieved in the fourth after walking two straight batters. Hyde has lost just three games in his last 23 starts dating back to last year. He worked a season-high 7.0 innings against Boston College. The senior right hander is 16-3 in his last 23 starts for the Seminoles dating back to last year, while posting a career mark of 24-5 as a member of the Garnet and Gold. In a 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 19th career start against an ACC opponent as he has compiled a record of 8-2 with a 4.66 ERA. Hyde is 1-0 in his career against Maryland with two appearances including a start last season. In last year’s 4-3 FSU win, Hyde gave up two runs on six hits in six innings of work. Two years ago, he worked a scoreless inning in relief as he struck out a batter.

SUNDAY: Junior Danny Rosen will look to make his second career start on Sunday in College Park. The junior college transfer made his debut as a Seminole starter last weekend in Miami. Rosen threw four plus innings giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits. He walked four and struck out three in suffering his first loss of the season. The four innings pitched by Rosen against the Hurricanes was a season-high. The Miami, Fla., native also pitched game one of the series down in Coral Gables as he earned a save securing FSU’s four-run, come-from-behind victory in the ninth. Rosen has appeared in 21 games for Florida State this season, second most on the team, and is 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA. In 28.2 innings of work, he has struck out 36 and walked 10 while limiting opponents to a .224 batting average. Rosen leads the team with eight saves in nine chances in 2007.

Check out this weekend’s complete game notes against Maryland in the pdf attachment listed above.

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