The victory for the Seminoles evened the series with the Gators at one game apiece. The series finale is May 3 in Gainesville.
"I grew up in this rivalry. I know what this means, being from Tallahassee," said Henry, a sophomore transfer from North Florida Community College. "I was pumped to get out there and I'm even more excited to get the ‘W' tonight."
Henry – a regular in the lineup at third base – struck out five and gave up a pair of runs in a career-long 7 1/3 innings of work. Making just his third start on the mound this season, Henry (3-2) outlasted Florida freshman Tommy Wynn (0-1).
Gibbs Chapman drove in three runs to help the cause of Henry, who made several timely pitches to defuse UF rallies. Henry stranded three UF baserunners at third in the game and was the beneficiary of a pair of spectacular double plays.
"I got better as the game went on," Henry said. "The adrenaline kicked in and helped me through some tough situations."
Just after the exodus of Wynn, Chapman and Ryne Malone hit consecutive doubles in fifth inning to give FSU the lead for good. Florida manager Pat McMahon's attempted matchup card failed as lefty reliever gave up the deciding blow to the left-handed hitting Chapman, a two-run ground-rule double that bounced over the fence in left center.
"They got things done in timely situations," McMahon said. "That was our downfall today. We didn't have quality at bats, so we have to do something there. It's frustrating but we'll learn from it."
Chapman and shortstop Ryne Jernigan blasted long solo homers for the Seminoles (34-11).
"This was such an important game for us after what happened last weekend," said FSU coach Mike Martin, who said that Henry earned the Sunday start against the Hurricanes. "Tonight was all about the guy on the hump (mound). Henry showed a lot of grit and determination out there."