Noles Win Game One

Florida State Baseball coach Mike Martin won his 1399 career game on Friday thanks mostly to the arm of Bryan Henry and the bat of Ryne Malone. Starting pitcher Bryan Henry helped the (8-1) Seminoles win a pitcher's duel against Minnesota 5-0 in Tallahassee.

"They more than doubled us in hits and only made one error which was a throwing error. Minnesota knows how to play the game." Coach Martin said. "We had to play as well as we did to win this ballgame because they are for real. Let's give a lot of credit to Bryan Henry though. He was certainly the story."

Henry was able to improve his record to (3-0) with a strong seven inning outing. He allowed seven hits and two walks but no runs while striking out eight batters off of a combined 95 pitches thrown. Opposing pitcher Brian Bull also had an impressive performance lasting five innings and allowing one run and two walks but struck out two batters. Also, Bull allowed no hits by the Seminoles but still was rewarded with his first loss of the season.

"We knew we were in for a big challenge tonight and the rest of the weekend." Seminoles third baseman Ryne Malone said concerning his two run home run. "The thing is that I was watching Jackson (Jack Rye) bat two hitters before me because lots of time pitchers will work me and him similarly. He was working him in so I was expecting tight fastballs and that is what I got. It is a good feeling when you really connect on one."

The offensive star of the game though was third baseman Ryne Malone who smashed a two run homerun in the bottom of the sixth to help increase the lead for the Seminoles. Prior to Malone's smash, Florida State held a tight 1-0 lead over Minnesota because of a Tony Thomas Jr. run scoring off of Josh Spivey groundout.

"Ryne hit some great balls all night. His first hit a guy made a great play on in centerfield." Martin said. "The homerun was certainly the big lift for us offensively. He has had some good at bats. They (Minnesota) are still a team that can score three or four runs so it was not over yet but we certainly felt good with our rested bullpen."

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