Life on an Island

Following Florida State's 8-1 loss to the Gators in game one of the Super Regionals, a worn out ace pitcher entered the media room to field questions about what exactly had just transpired on the baseball diamond.

He made it through the first two innings without allowing a run before giving up a solo homerun in the third. In the fourth, he walked a batter, gave up two singles and a double and hit a batter for a total of three Gator runs.

And then came the icing on the cake in a fifth inning that saw back-to-back-to-back homeruns – two of which went a few inches over right fielder Jack Rye's outstretched glove.

After pitching what could be considered his best game as a Seminole last week against Auburn – a six hit, three run, complete game – Bryan Henry looked exhausted sitting in front of journalists from throughout the southeastern United States.

It was his first post-game interview as the losing pitcher since his last defeat over two months ago.

Here is a transcript of what was said.

Q: Can you just talk about what happened tonight?

Henry: "I went out there tonight and did the same things I have done all year. The scouting report on me is that I am going to go out there and throw strikes and let my defense work. I did the same thing tonight as I did through out the year. If I get the chance to pitch another game this season, I will do the same thing I did tonight. You can't say enough about the way they played tonight. Their energy level was high and the fans were terrific for them. They put some good swings on some good pitches. It seemed like everything was going their way and that is what happens when you get that combination."

Q: After pitching so well for so long, what was different tonight?

Henry: "I really was doing the same thing I have been doing all year. They got some breaks early on. They definitely benefited hitting a few balls just out of the reach of some of our guys."

Q: Do you think the fact that this team had faced you previously gave them an advantage?

Henry: "I am sure it did but either way the scouting report on me is that I am going to go out there and throw strikes and let my defense work. I did the same thing tonight that I did throughout the year. If I get a chance to pitch tonight I am going to go out and do the same thing I did tonight."

Q: What was going through your mind after you gave up that third consecutive homerun?

Henry: "Talk about being on an island. You feel like you're out there by yourself and there's nothing you can do. That one pitch that (Brandon) McArthur hit, I think, was an inside fastball that I felt was in a good spot. Then the 0-2 pitch to (Brian) Leclerc was just a bad, bad pitch on my part. You are just out there by yourself."
Q: Were they all fastballs?

Henry: "No, the one to Leclerc was a curveball. The other two (homerun pitches) were fastballs."

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