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GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Florida State Welcomes Indiana For Three-Game Set Beginning Friday

March 9, 2007

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Florida State welcomes Indiana to Tallahassee for the first time since 1959 and for just the fourth time overall. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 3-0 outscoring the Hoosiers 41-25 in those three games. This will be the second straight season the Seminoles will face an opponent from the Big Ten and the third opponent in the last four years. In 2004, Michigan State made the trip to Tallahassee, while Minnesota visited Dick Howser Stadium in 2006. Florida State holds an all-time record of 69-14 against teams from the Big Ten with its last loss coming against Minnesota in Minneapolis back on March 7, 2004. The Seminoles have played every team from the Big Ten accept Northwestern and have a winning record against all but one team, the Purdue Boilermakers (0-1-0). Purdue defeated FSU 11-1 in Tallahassee back in 1993 in the only meeting between the two teams.


Indiana enters the week with a 3-3 mark after winning two of three games at the Auto Zone Classic in Memphis, Tenn. this past weekend. The Hoosiers will play a pair of mid-week games on Tuesday (at Indiana State) and Wednesday (vs. Butler) before heading to Tallahassee for a three-game series against Florida State. Through the first six games, Indiana has posted a team batting average of .288, while yielding a team ERA of 3.76. Like the Seminoles, the Hoosiers have relied on small ball as the two teams have combined to hit 19 triples and home runs. Indiana has hits one triple and one home run through the first six games (3.4% of their hits), while Florida State has nine triples and eight home runs (6.3%). Leading the way at the plate for the Hoosiers is Evan Crawford who is hitting .520 (13-for-25). He leads the team in average, runs scored (7), slugging percentage (.600) and on-base percentage (.538).


FRIDAY: Senior Bryan Henry will make his sixth start of the season against the Hoosiers, all on Friday, as he has posted a 4-0 mark with an ERA of 2.63 in 2007. Henry has allowed a run or less in four of five starts this season including three straight games where he has given up just one run. Last week against Siena, Henry pitched six solid innings allowing an unearned run on three hits. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk against the Saints. It was the second time this season the senior right hander has pitched at least six innings without issuing a free pass.

SATURDAY: Senior Michael Hyde will look for his sixth win in as many starts this season as he takes the mound on Saturday against Indiana. Hyde leads the team in wins (5) and ERA (2.17), while holding opponents to a .163 batting average. He has worked into the fifth inning in each of his five previous starts including three games of pitching into the sixth. He worked a season-high 6.2 innings against Appalachian State. The Tallahassee, Fla., native is 13-1 in his last 16 starts for the Seminoles dating back to last year, while posting a career mark of 21-3 as a member of the Garnet and Gold.

SUNDAY: Junior Ryan Strauss will look to make his fifth start of the season on Sunday against Indiana. He has pitched at least five innings in all four previous starts, while throwing a career-high six innings twice in back-to-back starts against Hofstra and Appalachian State. Strauss is 3-0 on the year with an overall ERA of 2.62. He tied a career-high as he issued three walks last week against Siena. It was just the second time this year the right hander has given up two or more walks in a game. Strauss earned his first career win as a starter as he pitched five solid innings against Tennessee on opening weekend.

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