Change for the Better

Michael Hyde's new-found comfort level is allowing him to expand his arsenal. Hyde - the only Florida State starting pitcher to take his turn in each weekend series this season - is developing a new go-to pitch to increase his effectiveness.

Hyde, a former standout at Tallahassee Community College, made the commitment to using his changeup Saturday in an 11-1 victory over St. Joe's.
The results were tangible – Hyde gave up just three hits and struck out a career-high seven in seven innings of work. The outing was the longest of his career and longest of the season for an FSU team that now leads the nation in wins (10).

"(Pitching coach Jamey) Shouppe came up to in the middle of the game and asked me how many change ups I had thrown to right-handed hitters and I said none," said Hyde. "I started working some in and I was successful with it."

Hyde said four of his strikeouts were thanks to the change. Not bad considering he only starting developing the pitch as a freshman at TCC last season.

"The changeup is definitely something that you have to have at this level to be successful," he said. "(FSU head coach Mike) Martin and Coach Shouppe have been preaching that to me. So I am going to try to keep mixing them in to keep hitters off balance."

"Pitch selection can get you a lot of strikeouts."

Added Martin: "He started throwing the changeup a little more in the middle of his outing and he was very effective as a result of doing that."

Hyde said the nerves associated with fufilling his lifelong dream to pitch for his hometown Seminoles might have hampered him to an extent in his first three starts. That's no longer the case.

"I definitely feel comfortable now. I was really nervous in the beginning but I am getting more and more comfortable each time out and that is helping me."

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