Henry Does it Again!
Henry held Maryland hitless through 4 2/3 didn't do it alone Friday night though as Gibbs Chapman drove in five runs, four on his second grand slam of the season as FSU (39-14, 13-9) took the series opener from Maryland 7-2. Chapman had the homer and a triple and Danny Wardell recorded two doubles in the win.
Henry continues to be the story for Florida State as of late. The Tallahassee native lowered his ERA to 1.59 as he pitched seven innings Friday night. It was his fourth consecutive start of seven or more innings and he is the first Seminole to do that in 2005. In his last six outings, Henry is now 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA including 10 strikeouts and just two walks. Opponents are hitting just .182 off of him in that stretch.
Maryland used eight different pitchers in the game as they took a "staff" approach to the game switching pitchers every inning. The strategy almost beat No. 5 Miami last Friday night and worked early against FSU as the Seminoles had trouble finding a rhythm in the first couple of innings.
For the third straight inning versus the third different pitcher, FSU put the lead-off hitter on base to start the third inning. The Seminoles third hit of the game put runners on first and second but an attempted sac bunt right back to the mound allowed Maryland to record the first out while cutting down the lead runner. Shane Robinson then chopped one to third that should have ended the inning on a double play if not for some heads up base running by Jack Rye. The freshman was heading to third where he would have been tagged and the DP turned at second. Rye stopped running and the third baseman gave up on tagging Rye out and just got the force at second extending the inning. The play was so huge because Ryne Malone was then hit by a pitch to load up the bases. That brought up Chapman who after trying to lay down a bunt eventually swung away and cleared the bases with his second grand slam of the season and his seventh home run of the year.
A two-out walk ended Henry's streak of setting down the first 11 Terrapin batters he faced but that was all that Maryland would get through the first four innings. The Terps did eventually break up the no-hitter with a two-out hit in the fifth.
The second hit of the game was a big one for the Terrapins as Elliot Singletary opened the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot over the 20-foot screen in left field.
The Seminoles came right back in the seventh and got the run back thanks once again to Chapman. The senior hit his second triple of the year scoring Ryne Malone making it a 5-1 game with all five RBIs coming off the bat of the outfielder. Wardell then blasted a shot off the fence plating Chapman and Aaron Cheesman making it a 7-1 game on the two-run double, his second of the game.
The Terps put together a rally in the eighth versus reliever Brian Chambers. A couple of hits and an error loaded the bases for Maryland. Another error, just the 22nd of the season in ACC play, allowed a run to score and kept the bases loaded. It also brought Kevin Lynch into the game for the 123rd time in his stellar career. The senior needed just two pitches to end another bases loaded threat as he got the batter to ground into an inning ending double play. It was the seventh time in his last eight opportunities that Lynch has come in with the bases full and not allowed a runner to score.
The Seminoles continue their series with Maryland Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Game Tracker will be available for all this year's games along with Steve Melewski's live radio broadcast available on WFLA locally and on the Internet at seminoles.com.
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