FSU holds off late rally by Maryland

In Tallahassee on Friday night, many fans left early thinking the win was a definite but failed to give Maryland the credit they deserved. The second ranked Seminoles were able to hold off a late Terrapin rally to win the opening game 9-7. (16-1, 1-0 ACC) Florida State began the game with a flurry scoring 9 runs through the opening four innings but gave up 12 hits in the game which is the most all season.

The 9-0 lead seemed to be a big enough lead for FSU to capture its first conference win, but (6-8, 2-2 ACC) Maryland had other plans. The Terrapins rallied late with four runs in the seventh inning followed by three run homerun in the eighth made he game 9-7. Thanks to a strong outing by Reliever Luke Tucker in the ninth, Florida State was able to escape with the victory.

"There is always concern about a baseball game because there is no clock and you have to get 27 outs." Florida State Coach Mike Martin said. "You credit the University of Maryland for coming back and getting it done in the seventh and eighth. They are a very aggressive team and I believe that is the most hits we have given up this year. You just have to take off your hat to them and realize that this can happen."

Bryan Henry was able to get the win for the Seminoles after lasting seven innings and allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out six batters. All four runs scored off of Henry came in the seventh which increased his ERA from 0.85 to 1.63 and is the most runs he has ever given up in an inning. Prior to that inning Henry, who has a record of 5-0 had nearly a perfect day on the mound. The loss was awarded to Brent Tidball who gave up seven runs and six hits in only three innings of work and is now 1-4.

"You have to tip your cap to them (Maryland)." Henry said. "They were swinging the whole game and in the seventh inning the ball found the barrel a couple times and that is going to happen. That is baseball. I went out there the whole game with the same attitude and same mentality, but they were able to hit some pitches and capitalize on some mistakes.

The scoring came early and often for FSU with the first run being scored on an RBI groundout by Dennis Guinn bringing home Shane Robinson. The run batted in was Guinn's 25th of the season and extends his streak of hitting an RBI to 13 games. Later on Guinn kept his 13 game hit streak alive as he hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. That gave him four RBIs for the game for the third time this season.

"It is great to have two hitters like Shane (Robinson) and Jack (Rye) in front of me." Guinn said. "They are on base in pretty much all of the games and they got good speed. If I can put the ball in the outfield, they get in there and score."

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