FSU-Maryland Baseball Preview

The second ranked Florida State baseball team has been flexing its offensive muscle this season by smashing 21 home runs and 148 RBIs through 16 games. This weekend the (15-1) Seminoles will hope to continue their recent success when they play host to ACC rival (6-7) Maryland. This will be the 49th career meeting between the two clubs. FSU holds a 45-3 record and a 24 game winning streak against the Terrapins who have not won in the series since March 26, 1998.

When the series kicks off at 6:00 P.M, Bryan Henry will take the mound for the Seminoles in his sixth consecutive Friday night game. Henry has been outstanding this season with a record of 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA with 24 strikeouts in his last three starts. For the season he is 4-0 with a 0.85 ERA and a scoreless streak of 21 innings. Not bad numbers for a guy who started his career at Florida State at third base.

On Saturday, Tyler Chambliss will lead the Seminoles after a shaky outing in his last performance against Brown giving up 6 runs and 6 walks. Chambliss will be well rested though and will look to find the success he found against the Gators. Entering the game he is 4-0 with and ERA of 2.17. Barrett Browning will start Game 3 and will attempt to recreate his last start where he allowed one run and one walk but struck out five batters. At times, Browning will have problems in the first few innings, but always seems to settle down and dominate.

This overall success the Seminoles have will depend on the bats though which have been downright impressive so far. Shane Robinson is having another brilliant start in what should end with another National Player of the year award. This year though some of his teammates are giving him a run for his money.

Jack Rye and Dennis Guinn will enter the game on Friday first and second in the ACC in homeruns. They have combined to hit .404 including 44 RBIs and 11 homeruns with a slugging percentage of .789. The most impressive stat is the fact that between 109 at bats and 140 plate appearances, the two Seminoles have only struck out a combined six times while Rye has been walked 20 times.

For the Terrapins this season started as a struggle but the team has seemed to improve lately under the leadership of Coach Rupp and the bat of Jason Von Behren. After losing six of the opening seven games, Maryland responded by going on a three game winning streak and then by beating Duke twice in a three game series. This weekend though a much tougher ACC opponent waits with no plans on ending a winning streak.

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