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February 3, 2007

Road Trip: Snow, Hyde, keep Vols cold

TALLAHASSEE, Fla -- With a game time temperature of forty degrees and a early game set of snow flurries, one can understand why the Tennessee bats were cold. However one spins it, there is no overlooking what a dominant performance the Florida State starting pitchers have put together in two victories over the Volunteers. In Saturday's chilly game two, FSU Michael Hyde allowed just a pair of hits and struck out ten batters in a 4-0 victory.

Just a day after Friday starter Bryan Henry stuck out eleven UT hitters in his six inning stint, Hyde backed up Henry's effort.

"Michael was very impressive," Florida State coach Mike Martin said. "He threw three pitches in the zone. It was a day where I was pleased with the poise that we showed. It was not the greatest day to play a baseball game. They were very professional with the way they played the game, but I am very pleased."

Hyde walked three batters in his six and a third innings. As the ten punchouts suggests, he had the aggressive Volunteers confused.

Martin was shocked when he was told Hyde (1-0) had ten strikeouts. To Tennessee coach Rod Delmonico, it must have seemed like at least twenty.

"We made no two strike adjustments," said the Volunteer coach. "We are doing a terrible job with two strikes; Of being able to make adjustments and take the ball the other way to move the runner. You have to put the ball in play with two strikes. That is the bottom line."

The Vols managed just two hits, each by newcomers as Andy Simunic and Yan Gomez reached safely.

Delmonico felt his starter James Adkins (0-1) pitched well enough to win. Adkins logged five innings and allowed just two hits, two runs - one earned, walked two, and struck out five.

Freshmen D'Vountrey Richardson and Jason Stidham had two hits each to lead the Seminoles.

The teams face off in game three of the series Sunday at 1 ET.

Stayed tuned for a photo feature and more from Tallahassee in Sunday's Daily Dose on SEBaseball.com.


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