Second-ranked Florida State (43-7, 21-4) pounded out 15 hits and got another wonderful outing by Bryan Henry as the Seminoles snapped their four-game losing streak to the Clemson Tigers (32-18, 15-10) Friday night with an 11-1 victory on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Tony Thomas, Jr. led the offensive surge for the Seminoles with three hits including a pair of doubles.
Henry (13-0) had another solid outing in a Seminole uniform as he pitched eight innings allowing just one run on eight hits. He struck out eight and walked none for the fourth time this season. His eight innings matched a season-high as the senior right hander as now thrown eight innings in three of his last four outings and in five games overall.
"Bryan Henry did an outstanding job," said head coach Mike Martin. "It was a game that he took control of and I was very, very pleased that he spotted the ball as well as he did."
With the win, Henry remained perfect on the year pushing his record to 13-0. He becomes just the eighth pitcher at Florida State since 1992 to register 13 or more wins in a season. The last Seminole pitcher to record 13 victories in a season was Matt Lynch in 2003.
"I have to tip my cap to my defense and the offense," said Henry. "They put up 11 runs which helped me relax and go out there and pitch. The defense played great behind me. I was able to get them (Clemson) to swing at my pitches and get the outs."
Thomas had a perfect evening at the plate going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored two stolen bases and one RBI. He walked once and was hit by a pitch. Four other Seminoles registered a pair of hits including Mark Hallberg (2-for-4), Jack Rye (2-for-5), Jason Stidham (2-for-4) and Mark Gildea (2-for-5). Hits by Hallberg and Rye extended their respective hit streaks to 16 games. Six of the 11 runs scored in game one came on two outs.
The win Friday night also clinched the Atlantic Division title for Florida State assuring the Seminoles of either a one or two seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.
It took the second time through the line-up for Florida State to strike first. The Seminoles scored a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. After Clemson starter Daniel Moskos (3-4) got the first two outs on three pitches, Thomas recorded FSU's first hit on the evening with a bunt single down the third baseline. The junior second baseman got in scoring position swiping second for his 25th stolen base of the season. Hallberg stepped in and broke a scoreless tie lacing a single through the right side of the infield to score Thomas. Following a walk to Buster Posey, Rye snuck a single passed the diving J.D. Burgess at second plating Hallberg to give the Seminoles a two-run advantage.
The Tigers quickly countered with a run in the top of the fourth on a solo home run by Andy D'Alessio. The senior first baseman took a 1-2 offering from Henry and sent it over the wall in deep left for his team leading 11th round tripper of the season.
Four straight two out hits in the sixth increased Florida State's lead to 4-1. With Travis Anderson and Mark Gildea occupying second and first, respectively on a pair of singles, Brandon Reichert recorded his first hit of the ballgame singling to left to score Anderson. Thomas then hit a double to left center scoring Gildea and ending the evening for Moskos.
Moskos went 5.2 innings allowing four runs on seven hits. The junior southpaw walked five and struck out four in suffering the loss.
Florida State broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh with six runs on six hits with three doubles and a triple. Stidham registered his first hit of the game drilling a double off the wall in right scoring Posey from third. Ohmed Danesh then ripped the first pitch he saw down the line in right for his first triple of the season. Rye and Stidham scored on the play to make the score 7-1. Gildea followed with his second hit in as many at-bats drilling a double to the gap in right center. He would later score on a wild pitch. With two outs, Thomas recorded his second double of the evening and would cross the plate on Hallberg's single to center to cap off the Seminoles' six-run seventh.
FSU would add more in the eighth on a sacrifice fly RBI by pinch hitter Ruairi O'Connor. D'Vontrey Richardson scored on the play after registering a one-out single to left.
Jimmy Marshall pitched a scoreless ninth giving up two hits while striking out one.
The 10-run victory for Florida State on Friday evening was the largest margin of victory over the Tigers since winning 10-0 back on May 17, 1997 in the ACC Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla.
"Clemson has a very good baseball team. This just happened to be our night," said Martin.
Florida State will return to the diamond on Saturday for game two of the series against the Tigers at Mike Martin Field. First pitch is slated for 1:00 pm and right hander Danny Rosen is expected to make his 3rd start of the season. Right hander David Kopp will take the mound for Clemson. The game will be aired live on the Regional Sports Network. Fans can also follow all the action over the Internet. Gametracker will be available for the contest along with live radio broadcast courtesy of 1270 the TEAM.
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