June 21, 1999 - by
Baseball Closes in on ACC Win Record

May 13, 1999



The Seminoles: Florida State (43-10, 19-2 ACC), ranked No. 4 in
Collegiate Baseball and No. 5 in Baseball America and Baseball Weekly/ESPN,
concludes its regular season with a three-game set at Duke (24-26, 4-15
ACC).

  • The Seminoles have clinched the ACC regular season title and
    could break Clemson’s record for conference wins in a season by taking two
    from the Blue Devils.

  • The ‘Noles will remain in Durham after the series
    for the ACC Tournament.

  • FSU second baseman Marshall McDougall set three
    NCAA single game records Sunday at Maryland as he had 6 home runs, 16 RBI
    and 25 total bases in a 26-2 win over the Terps. McDougall now leads the
    ACC in batting average (.425), home runs (23), RBI (86), hits (96) and runs
    (84).

  • RF Matt Diaz is second to McDougall in batting average (.420),
    home runs (15), RBI (72) and hits (94) in the conference standings.

  • The
    Seminoles have bounced back from a six-game losing streak to win their last
    five in a row. During the losing streak, the Tribe lost five games by one
    run and were trailing by one run going into the eighth inning of the other.

  • FSU had a 21-game winning streak snapped against Clemson (4/10), one
    short of the school record earlier in the season.

  • FSU is batting .328,
    has hit 88 home runs while averaging 9.2 runs per game.

  • The Seminole
    pitching staff has posted a 3.16 ERA, which ranks second in the nation, and
    opponents are batting just .230. The staff is averaging 9.8 strikeouts
    per game.

  • FSU has won 26 of its 53 games by a 5+ run margin and has held
    opponents to three runs or less in 28 of 53 games.

  • Head coach Mike
    Martin is in his 20th season as the Seminoles’ skipper, collecting a
    1,065-360-3 record.

  • Sunday’s game was originally scheduled for 1:00
    p.m., but has been moved to 4:00 p.m., due to Duke graduation ceremonies.
    The Sunshine Network will carry FSU’s first ACC Tournament game Thursday at
    1:30 p.m.




    Series Information: The Seminoles are 35-15 overall against Duke, dating
    back to 1954. Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU is 6-3 when the travel to
    Durham, 9-3 at home in Tallahassee and 3-0 in ACC Tournament games vs. the
    Blue Devils.




    Scouting the Opponent: Duke (24-26, 4-15 ACC) lost Tuesday to South
    Carolina 11-6, but took two-of-three against NC State over the weekend.
    The Blue Devils will be without two of their top players as C J.D. Alleva
    and 3B Jeff Becker have missed the majority of the season due to injuries.
    Shortstop Vaughn Schill is the club’s top hitter with a .397 average and he
    leads the ACC with 24 doubles. LHP Chris Capuano (6-4, 5.10 ERA) and RHP
    Tyler Lang (3-3, 5.26 ERA) will start the Friday and Saturday games.
    Sunday’s starer is undecided.




    Radio: Sportsradio 1270 AM (WNLS). Play-by-play: Lee Bowen. Broadcasts
    will begin 15 minutes before game time. You can also access the games
    live on the internet at www.wnls.com.




    Poll After Poll After Poll

    The Florida State baseball program has been ranked in Collegiate Baseball
    for 170 consecutive weeks, the most of any ACC school. The last time the
    Seminoles were not ranked in that publication was May 2, 1988.



    FSU in the Rankings


    Date BA CB BW
    Preseason 4 9 5
    Feb. 8 1 2 –
    Feb. 15 1 1 1
    Feb. 22 1 1 1
    March 1 1 1 1
    March 8 2 2 1
    March 15 1 1 1
    March 22 1 1 1
    March 29 1 1 1
    April 5 1 1 1
    April 12 1 1 1
    April 19 1 2 1
    April 26 5 4 5
    May 3 5 4 5
    May 10 5 4 5



    Noting FSU & Ranked ACC Opponents

  • Florida State is 48-26 (.649) against Top 25 teams in the ACC since 1992
    and has won 10 straight against ranked teams.

  • The Seminoles are 19-16 (.543) against ACC teams ranked in the Top 10.




    Diaz in Relief

    Senior left-hander Zach Diaz took the lead in career relief appearances
    with a scoreless inning of work against NC State. He now has 103 relief
    outings and is second in total appearances with 107, getting the win as the
    starter against JU (4/14) and making his last relief appearance vs.
    Maryland (5/8).



    Florida State Career Relief Appearances


    103 Zach Diaz 1996-present
    92 Ricky Kimball 1988-91
    75 Philip Olson 1993-95
    70 John Nedeau 1990-93

    Florida State Career Appearances

    113 Ricky Kimball 1988-91
    107 Zach Diaz 1996-present
    90 Doug Little 1983-86

    Chavez Boasts Quite a “K”areer

    Senior righthander Chris Chavez moved to fifth on the Top 10 Career
    Strikeout list after striking out three vs. Jacksonville(4/7). Chavez, who
    struck out a career-high 13 at Georgia Tech, currently has 368 strikeouts.


    Florida State Career Strikeouts


    520 Richie Lewis 1985-87
    417 Mike Loynd 1983-86
    391 Jonathan Johnson 1993-95
    370 Doug Little 1983-86
    368 Chris Chavez 1996-present
    336 Larry Jones 1974-77


    Florida State Starting Pitchers

    Game-by-Game Starts



    RHP JON McDONALD


    Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
    UNC Asheville W 6.0 2 0 0 0 9
    Arizona State ND 6.1 4 1 1 5 11
    Troy State W 5.0 4 1 1 1 5
    Florida ND 1.1 4 4 4 4 1
    at Florida ND 6.1 5 1 1 1 5
    vs. Wichita St. L 6.1 8 6 4 2 9
    Virginia W 7.0 4 3 0 2 8
    at NC State W 6.0 9 4 3 3 4
    North Carolina W 6.1 6 6 2 4 9
    Wake Forest ND 3.1 1 3 3 4 6
    Clemson W 7.2 3 0 0 5 11
    Miami W 7.1 8 2 2 1 6
    Miami ND 2.2 7 7 7 4 2
    Georgia Tech L 8.0 11 3 3 2 8
    Maryland W 5.2 7 3 2 1 5

    RHP Nick Stocks

    Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
    UNC Asheville W 6.0 3 2 1 2 5
    Arizona State ND 4.1 5 3 3 4 5
    Troy State W 6.0 5 2 2 0 8
    Florida W 6.1 6 3 3 3 8
    at Florida W 7.1 4 3 3 2 8
    at Minnesota W 7.0 5 2 1 3 7
    Virginia W 8.1 2 1 0 2 12
    at NC State W 8.0 5 0 0 3 12
    North Carolina ND 8.0 9 4 4 2 10
    Wake Forest W 8.0 4 3 3 2 7
    Clemson L 6.1 8 8 8 2 4
    Miami ND 6.2 7 2 1 1 11
    Miami ND 5.1 6 3 3 2 2
    Maryland W 4.0 4 2 2 2 2


    RHP Blair Varnes


    Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
    UNC Asheville W 6.0 4 1 1 0 4
    Arizona State ND 6.1 7 5 4 1 4
    Troy State W 5.0 1 0 0 0 3
    Charleston So. W 6.0 4 1 1 0 5
    South Florida W 6.2 4 2 2 0 8
    vs. Washington St. ND 5.0 6 3 0 1 5
    Virginia W 6.0 5 1 1 0 5
    at NC State W 7.0 6 1 1 1 5
    North Carolina W 8.0 8 3 3 0 6
    Wake Forest ND 8.0 4 3 1 2 4
    Clemson ND 5.1 5 3 3 0 2
    Miami ND 0.2 6 6 6 2 1
    Miami L 5.1 6 5 5 3 8
    Georgia Tech W 6.1 8 4 4 3 3
    Maryland ND 3.0 6 4 4 2 1

    Last Home Runs for FSU

    Player Opponent Games Since
    McDougall Maryland (5/9) 0
    Cash Maryland (5/9) 0
    Scott Maryland (5/9) 0
    Barthelemy Maryland (5/9) 0
    Halliday Maryland (5/8) 1
    Jernigan Maryland (5/7) 2
    M. Diaz Ga. Tech (5/2) 3
    Futrell Ga. Tech (5/1) 4
    Klosterman Ga. Tech (5/1) 4
    Griffin Miami (4/16) 11
    Hart Jacksonville (4/14) 12
    Groves Wake Forest (4/2) 19
    Smith Troy State (2/13) 45
    Grand Slams: McDougall 2 (1/30, 4/9) Cash 1 (4/18)



    Celebrating 20 Years of Success
    Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the head coach of the Seminoles fresh
    off his 10th College World Series appearance. Martin, who is one of four
    Florida State coaches with 20 or more years of service, has brought the
    Seminoles to an NCAA Regional in each of his last 19 years. Under Martin,
    Florida State has become a national power in collegiate baseball, finishing
    in Baseball America’s Top 10 in nine of the last 10 seasons.




    A Look at the Martin Record

  • 19 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances
  • Has led FSU to the College World Series 10 times in 19 seasons,
    including nine times in the last 12 years.

  • Has won 14 conference championships, including two ACC
    Championships (’95 & ’97).

  • Ranks second nationally among active Division I baseball coaches
    with a .748 winning percentage.

  • Ranks ninth among NCAA All-Time Winningest Division I Coaches.
  • Has produced 10 first-round draft choices, including eight
    in the 1990s.

  • 1996 and 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year




    Florida State Miscellaneous Breakdown



    ACC 19-2
    Non-Conference 24-8
    Vs. Ranked Teams 15-8
    Vs. Unranked Teams 28-2
    Home Games 32-4
    Road Games 10-5
    Neutral Games 1-1
    Day Games 25-5
    Night Games 18-5
    Vs. Right-Hand Starters 28-9
    Vs. Left-Hand Starters 15-1
    One-Run Decisions 4-6
    Two-Run Decisions 4-1
    Extra Innings 1-1
    Shutouts 1-0
    FSU Scores Firsts 30-4
    Opponent Scores First 12-6
    Led After Seven 40-2
    Trailed After Seven 1-6
    Tied After Seven 1-2
    Led After Eight 41-1
    Trailed After Eight 1-8
    Tied After Eight 1-1
    Out-Hit Opponents 41-2
    Out-Hit by Opponents 2-8
    January 3-0
    February 10-2
    March 17-1
    April 8-7
    May 5-0
    Last 5 Games 5-0
    Last 10 Games 5-5
    Current Streak W5


    A Look at the Polls…
    (As of May 10, 1999)
    CB BA BW
    Cal. St. Fullerton (43-9) 1 3 3
    Miami (35-11) 2 4 2
    Rice (46-10) 3 2 1
    Florida State (43-10) 4 5 5
    Stanford (36-12) 5 6 6
    Texas A&M (42-11) 6 1 4
    Wichita State (49-11) 7 10 7
    Baylor (41-11) 8 7 8
    Arkansas (35-18) 9 12 15
    Ohio State (43-8) 10 9 12
    Florida Atlantic (49-3) 11 8 9
    Alabama (39-14) 12 13 13
    Pepperdine (38-11) 13 11 13
    North Carolina (38-11) 14 15 18
    Wake Forest (33-13) 15 22 22
    Southern California (31-22)16 16 20
    Texas Tech (39-11) 17 14 10
    Louisiana State (34-17) 18 17 16
    Clemson (32-19) 19 NR NR
    Oklahoma State (37-13) 20 19 21
    Houston (34-19) 21 20 NR
    Auburn (38-14) 22 18 14
    South Alabama (33-16) 23 24 NR
    Notre Dame (39-11) 24 NR NR
    Arizona State (38-19) 25 25 24
    Tulane (39-13) NR 21 19
    East Carolina (39-12) NR 23 23
    Mississippi State (37-15) NR NR 17
    Minnesota (39-12) NR NR 25



    BA-Baseball America; CB-Collegiate Baseball; BW-ESPN/Baseball Weekly
    Coaches Poll




    Playing the Best

    Florida State has faced six ranked teams in 1999 and has posted a 15-8
    record in those games. The Seminoles played a total of 24 games against
    ranked teams this season.




    FSU Opponents Preseason/Current Rankings
    BA BW CB
    Arizona State 12/25 15/24 NR/25
    Florida 10/NR 8/NR 14/NR
    Wichita State 5/10 1/7 4/7
    North Carolina 16/15 25/18 23/14
    Wake Forest 17/22 23/22 21/15
    Clemson 15/NR 16/NR 20/19
    Miami 3/4 2/2 6/2
    Georgia Tech 9/NR 7/NR 2/NR

    Hitting Streaks

    Current Season Career
    Barthemely 1 3 3
    Cash 2 8 8
    M. Diaz 5 14 15
    Futrell 5 5 5
    Griffin 1 7 7
    Groves 3 5 15
    Halliday 3 9 9
    Hart 1 4 4
    Huguet 1 1 1
    Jernigan 1 4 12
    Klosterman 3 20 20
    McDougall 3 33 33
    Scott 1 6 6
    Smith 0 4 4
    Spano 1 2 2

    Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games
                             Multi-Hit   Multi-RBI
    Games Games
    Ryan Barthelemy 4 5
    Kevin Cash 15 14
    Matt Diaz 29 21
    Michael Futrell 10 3
    John-Ford Griffin 8 4
    Brett Groves 12 2
    John Halliday 17 13
    Chris Hart 1 3
    J.C. Huguet 0 0
    Karl Jernigan 5 5
    Jeremiah Klosterman 12 17
    Marshall McDougall 26 17
    Sam Scott 9 8
    Chris Smith 5 4
    Bobby Spano 1 0


    Season Honors & Awards


    Chris Chavez
    ACC Pitcher of the Week (5/3)


    Matt Diaz
    ACC Player of the Week (2/15, 3/15, 4/5)
    Hormel Foods Classic All-Tournament Team


    Jeremiah Klosterman
    Hormel Foods Classic
    All-Tournament Team
    ACC Player of the Week (3/22)


    Marshall McDougall
    Nat’l Player of the Week (5/10)
    ACC Player of the Week (2/22, 4/12, 5/10)
    Hormel Foods Classic MVP
    Easton Silver Stick Award
    (Highest batting avg. at the Hormel Classic)


    Nick Stocks
    Hormel Foods Classic All-Tournament Team
    ACC Pitcher of the Week (3/22)





    Noting the Seminoles

  • FSU’s 19-2 ACC record not only tops the league, but no other team in the
    conference has less than seven ACC losses. Clemson owns the record for the
    most conference victories in a season (20, twice).

  • 2B Marshall McDougall’s hitting streak ended at 33 games (4/17 vs.
    Miami), one shy of the FSU record – 34 games set by J.D. Drew in 1997.
    McDougall passed Brad Parker for the second-longest streak of all-time
    against Clemson (28 games, 1990). McDougall batted .434 (62-for-143)
    during his 33-game hitting streak.

  • McDougall is among the ACC’s best in several categories in his first
    season wearing the garnet and gold. McDougall is first in home runs (16)
    and runs scored (74), second in hits (84) and RBI (66), and fourth in
    batting average (.398).

  • The ‘Noles are averaging 9.2 runs per game, batting a stellar .328 and
    have a 3.16 ERA all while posting a 43-10 record, including 23 games
    against Top 25 opponents. FSU is 15-8 against Top 25 teams, with losses
    coming to then-#7 Florida (two), then-#13 Wichita State and #5/#1 Miami
    (five).

  • The ‘Noles average of 11.7 hits per game, which would be the best in
    school history if the season ended today.

  • Kevin Cash is batting .318 (28-for-88) in his last 21 games and has
    knocked in 25 runs during that time, including six home runs (one grand
    slam).




    Team Notes

  • Florida State has not been shutout for 209 consecutive games since a 2-0
    loss to Clemson on May 6, 1996. The Seminoles have posted 13 shutouts
    against opponents during that time.

  • FSU is averaging 11.7 hits per game and have out-hit opponents in 43 of
    53 games.

  • The Seminole pitching staff’s strikeout to walk ratio is 2.6 to 1.




    McDougall & Diaz Rank Among Nation’s Best

    2B Marshall McDougall and RF Matt Diaz go 1-2 in the ACC in several
    offensive categories. McDougall and Diaz are both nationally ranked in
    batting average with McDougall also ranked in home runs and RBI.




    Player Category Totals ACC (NCAA)
    McDougall BA .425 1 (27)
    Diaz BA .420 2 (34)
    McDougall HR 23 1 (9)
    Diaz HR 15 2
    McDougall RBI 86 1 (4)
    Diaz RBI 72 2
    McDougall Hits 96 1 (NA)
    Diaz Hits 94 2 (NA)
    McDougall Runs 84 1 (NA)
    Diaz Runs 61 5 (NA)


    FSU Pitching Staff Solid

    The Seminole pitching staff is putting together one of their most
    impressive seasons as a unit in 1999. FSU’s team ERA of 3.16 leads the
    ACC and currently stands second nationally. Here is where FSU pitchers
    stand in the conference standings heading into the weekend:


    Pitcher Category Totals ACC (NCAA)
    Chavez ERA 2.24 2 (15)
    McDonald ERA 3.48 7
    Varnes ERA 3.83 10
    Stocks ERA 3.34 6
    Stocks Wins 9-1 1
    Varnes Wins 8-1 5
    McDonald Wins 8-2 5
    Stocks Strikeouts 101 3
    McDonald Strikeouts 99 4
    Chavez Strikeouts 83 7
    Chavez SO/9 inn. 12.4 1 (7)
    DiBlasi Saves 8 1


    FSU Newcomers Getting it Done at the Plate

    Collectively, heading into the weekend series vs. Georgia Tech, all Florida
    State newcomers (freshman and junior transfers) are batting .335 with 253
    RBI, 50 home runs and 281 runs scored. That means the group is responsible
    for 56 percent of FSU’s RBI total, 57 percent of the home runs and 57
    percent of the team’s run production. John-Ford Griffin (OF), Marshall
    McDougall (2B), Ryan Barthelemy (1B), Mike Futrell (OF), John Halliday
    (1B), Sam Scott (IF), Chris Hart (C), Bobby Spano (IF), Chris Smith (OF)
    and J.C. Huguet (C) are all first-year contributors for Coach Martin.




    Diaz, Varnes USA Baseball Invitees
    Sophomore right fielder Matt Diaz and freshman RHP Blair Varnes were two of
    33 players invited to the summer camp of the 1999 USA Baseball National
    Team. Camp is scheduled to begin June 8th at Hi Corbett Field, home of USA
    baseball and spring training home of the Colorado Rockies. The National
    Team will play the Japan Collegiate All-Star Team in Japan from June
    22-July 1, compete in a Western United States Tour and play in the NBC
    World Series in Wichita, KS (Aug. 6-17). FSU was one of four schools to
    have two players invited.




    Diaz On NCBWA/Howser POY Watch List
    Matt Diaz was listed as one of 15 players (10 position/5 pitchers) on the
    NCBWA/Dick Howser Trophy offical watch list, released 5/4/99. The award,
    presented annually to America’s outstanding baseball player, was
    established in memory of former Florida State All-American and major
    leaguer Dick Howser. The winner is announced in June at the College World
    Series. Diaz is the lone ACC representative on the list.




    Better Balance at the Plate in ’99
    This year’s version of the Florida State baseball team has shown more
    balance than the teams of ’97 & ’98. Through 50 games this season, eight
    Seminoles (50+ AB) boast averages of .300 or better. The two teams before
    them both had just five players over the .300 mark. The ’99 team already
    has four players with double-digit home runs, while the ’97 team had two
    (J.D. Drew & Jeremy Morris) and the ’98 team had three (Brian Cox, Matt
    Diaz, Jeremy Salazar).




    Where the ’99 Pitching Staff Stacks Up Statistically
    This year’s pitching staff is regarded as one of the best in the Mike
    Martin era at FSU. All three starters (McDonald, Stocks & Varnes) have a
    chance to be 10-game winners. Only four other times since 1980 have three
    Seminole pichers won 10 or more games (’82, ’84, ’85 & ’93). They could
    also could become the fourth in the Martin era to have three pitchers
    record 100+ strikeouts in a season. McDonald (94), Stocks (99) & Chris
    Chavez (80) would join the ’85, ’87 & ’97 staffs in that category.




    Seminole Veterans vs. Duke
    Every returing Seminole has a home run in his career against the Blue
    Devils. RHP Jon McDonald, who had the most success against Duke as a
    starter in ’98 will not start this weekend.



    Batting

  • Kosterman – 4 games
    .500 avg. (5-10), 3 RBI, 2 Runs, 1 HR, 4 BB, 2 SO

  • Cash – 5 games
    .364 avg. (4-11), 2 RBI, 3 Runs, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 SO

  • Diaz – 3 games
    .500 avg. (5-10), 1 RBI, 3 Runs, 1 HR

  • Groves – 3 games
    .250 avg. (3-12), 3 RBI, 4 Runs, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 SO

  • Jernigan – 3 games
    .333 avg. (4-12), 4 RBI, 3 Runs, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO

  • Pitching

  • Chavez – 3 apperances (0-1, 4.91 ERA)
    3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO

  • Diaz – 5 appearances (0-0, 1.59 ERA)
    5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO

  • DiBlasi – 1 appearance (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO

  • McDonald – 1 appearance (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
    7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO

  • Stocks – 1 appearance (0-0, 6.75 ERA)
    5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

  • Smalley – 1 appearance (1-0, 27.00 ERA)
    1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO


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