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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Florida State Travels To NC State For Second Straight Road Series

April 5, 2007

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In this the 64th meeting between Florida State and NC State, the Seminoles travel to Raleigh for a three-game set against the Wolfpack beginning Friday, April 6. FSU leads the all-time series 43-20, while maintaining a record of 11-8 in games played at NC State. Both teams met five times last season, including twice in the ACC Tournament, with the Seminoles winning three of five. The Wolfpack took two of three from the Seminoles the last time these two clubs met in Raleigh back in 2005. Over the last 20 games, the series has been closely contested with a lot of runs being scored. FSU is 12-8 during that span, while both teams have combined to average just under 13 runs a game. The last series victory for Florida State against NC State in North Carolina came in 2001 when the Seminoles took the final two games of the three-game series.

Friday, April 6, 2007, 7:00 PM, ACC Select
Florida State: Bryan Henry, rhp vs. NC State: Eric Surkamp, lhp

Saturday, April 7, 2007, 7:00 PM, ACC Select
Florida State: Michael Hyde, rhp vs. NC State: Andrew Brackman, rhp

Sunday, April 8, 2007, 1:30 PM, ACC Select
Florida State: Ryan Strauss, rhp vs. NC State: Jimmy Gillheeney, lhp

NC State enters the weekend series right behind the Seminoles in second place in the Atlantic Division with an ACC record of 8-4 and 22-8 overall. The Wolfpack have won three straight conference series including last weekend’s three-game sweep of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, where NC State outscored the Eagles 40-7. NC State is 3-3 in league games at home this season. Entering a mid-week game against East Carolina, NC State has posted a mark of 1-2 against ranked opponents. The Wolfpack are batting .302 as a team, while posting a team ERA of 2.97. Joe Florio leads the way for NC State with a .337 batting average among players with at least 25 starts. This weekend’s rotation of Jimmy Gillheeney, Eric Surkamp and Andrew Brackman all have an ERA below four. Brackman leads the team in victories with five.

Of the Seminoles on the 2007 roster, Jack Rye has had the most success against NC State in the past. Rye has hit .300 (10-for-30) with three home runs, seven RBI’s and five runs scored. Dennis Guinn drove in six runs a season ago, while Travis Anderson hit .500 (6-for-12) in four games with two home runs, three RBI’s and five runs scored.

Bryan Henry and Michael Hyde have each made two appearances against the Wolfpack including two starts by Henry and one by Hyde. Henry got the best of NC State in 2005 leading the Seminoles to their only victory over the Pack that year. Henry threw 6.1 innings giving up one run on six hits with three walks and strike outs a piece. Last year did not fair too well for both pitchers as the two Tallahassee natives combined to give up 12 runs on 17 hits as NC State hit .556 against the duo in two games.

FRIDAY: Senior Bryan Henry will make his 10th start of the season, all on Friday, as Florida State travels to NC State for its second straight three-game conference road series. Henry is 7-0 on the year with an ERA of 2.44. He earned his second consecutive ACC victory last weekend beating Duke 15-3 as he held the Blue Devils to two runs over six innings of work. Two weeks ago against BC, Henry pitched eight innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out 10. In his conference opener, he 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 1-0 lifetime against the Wolfpack in two starts. The senior has allowed a run or less in six of his nine starts this season. Henry has pitched a season-high eight innings twice this season keeping Indiana 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 21 career starts against league opponents posting a career record of 11-5 with an ERA of 2.77. He has registered 113 strike outs against ACC teams and just 37 walks. The Tallahassee, Fla., native has now struck out at least seven batters in four of his last five outings.

SATURDAY: Senior Michael Hyde will look for his ninth win in 10 starts as he takes the mound on Saturday against the Wolfpack. Hyde leads the team in wins (8) and is third among starters with an ERA of 2.79. Hyde suffered his first loss of the season last week against Duke lasting just 1.2 innings. It was just his second defeat in his last 20 starts dating back to last year. He has worked into the fifth inning in eight of his nine starts including four games of pitching into the sixth. He worked a season-high 7.0 innings against Boston College. The Tallahassee, Fla., native is 16-2 in his last 20 starts for the Seminoles dating back to last year, while posting a career mark of 24-4 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 15th start against an ACC opponent as he has compiled a record of 8-1 with a 4.95 ERA. Hyde has made two prior appearances against NC State both out of the bullpen.

SUNDAY: Junior Ryan Strauss will look to make his ninth start of the season on Sunday against NC State. He has pitched at least five innings in all eight previous starts, while throwing into the seventh in three of his last four outings. The Tampa, Fla., native set career-highs in innings pitched (8) and strikeouts (8) against Indiana. He threw seven innings in back-to-back league games earning victories over Wake Forest and Boston College. Strauss gave up just one run in his first two league games, before allowing four runs against Duke in an 8-5 victory. He held BC without a hit for the first six innings. Strauss is 7-0 on the year and leads the team with a 2.08 ERA. 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’ fourth start against an ACC opponent and first appearance against the Pack.

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