FSU/Minnesota Baseball Preview

The 7-1 Florida State baseball team will be playing host for the second week in a row. This time it is the University of Minnesota that will be traveling to Tallahassee for a three game series beginning Friday at 6:00 P.M. It is the first time since 1996 that the Gophers will be coming to town in hope to improve on their 1-15 record against the Seminoles. Unfortunately, that lone win came in 2004 in Minneapolis by a score of 6-1 which was also the last time the two squads played.

Fans expecting to attend this weekend's games might be a part of history because FSU Head Coach Mike Martin is only two wins shy of reaching 1400 wins throughout his amazing career. Martin would become only the eighth coach in NCAA history to accomplish this. Once he wins those two necessary games, Martin would have the second highest winning percentage among active D1 coaches.

The recent power surge behind the bats of the Seminoles has fans excited especially after they hit a combined six homeruns and 11 doubles during a three game sweep of UNC Asheville. Six Seminoles are hitting over .330 while the squad is slugging .530. More could be coming from where that came from because in 12 of the 15 games played in the past against Minnesota, FSU has scored at least eight runs. One player to watch on the Seminoles is Shane Robinson who is attempting to exceed the success he reached in 2005 when he was named the Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year. So far this season in eight games, Robinson has more runs, more hits, less strikeouts, and a higher batting average than at this point last year.

Also, the impressive rotation of Bryan Henry, Tyler Chambliss, and Barrett Browning will pitch this weekend. Henry will pitch on Friday after dominating UNC-Asheville in his best game of the season. In seven innings he allowed only three hits and no walks while striking out nine batters. The most impressive performance last weekend was Tyler Chambliss who takes the mound Saturday at 1:00 P.M. In six innings he allowed only one hit and struck out a career high eight batters.


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