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Baseball Faces Miami

April 13, 2000



#1 FLORIDA STATE (36-5)

  • Florida State won its 17th straight over JU Wednesday night as designated
    hitter John Halliday belted a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of
    the ninth to give FSU a 7-5 victory. The Seminoles have won three of the
    last four games in their last at bat.
  • After losing six of seven to Miami in 1999, FSU swept the Hurricanes in
    Tallahassee for the first time since 1993 last weekend. The Seminoles won
    a 5-4 contest on Sunday with Chris Smith knocking in Mike Futrell in the
    bottom of the ninth.
  • Friday night’s game was a record setter as FSU pulled out a 14-13 victory
    in 17 innings. The records were: longest game, 64 at bats for FSU as a
    team, eight pitching appearances, two-team total of 32 strikeouts and nine
    at bats for Marshall McDougall and Karl Jernigan. The Seminoles trailed
    9-0 midway through the fifth, 11-7 with two outs in the ninth and 13-11
    heading into the bottom of the 17th.
  • Sophomore John-Ford Griffin leads the Seminoles at the plate with a .458
    batting average. Griffin has hit safely in 39 of FSU’s 41 games and is
    currently riding a 23-game hitting streak. He has two or more hits in 26
    games this season.
  • Chris Smith regained the home run lead with his tenth of the season on
    Sunday vs. UM. Ryan Barthelemy (9) and McDougall (7) follow Smith.
    Barthelemy leads the team with 56 RBI and McDougall leads the Tribe with 53
    runs scored.
  • Through 41 games, FSU has been impressive both on the mound and at the
    plate. The pitching staff boasts a 2.95 ERA and has recorded 395 K’s (9.6
    per game). The Seminoles lead the ACC with a .344 team batting average and
    are scoring 9.7 runs per game.
  • The Seminoles maintained the No. 1 ranking in all three polls on Monday
    and have held down the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll for
    nine straight weeks.


#17 MIAMI (24-12-1)

The Hurricanes fell to No. 17 in the Coaches’ Poll after being swept by the
Seminoles. UM did not play a mid-week game and will go with the same
rotation as they did in Tallahassee a week ago with RHP David Gil (5-1,
2.65 ERA) going Friday, LHP Brian Walker (5-2, 3.51 ERA) starting Saturday
and RHP Kiki Bengochea (4-1, 2.61 ERA) getting the call Sunday.


SERIES INFORMATION

The Seminoles lead the all-time series 111-96-3, dating back to 1951. FSU
has won three straight after UM won the last six meetings in 1999,
including the CWS title game. There have been 60 one-run contests in the
series, with FSU winning 26 of those games. FSU is 45-53 all-time when
they travel to Coral Gables to face the Hurricanes.


RADIO AND TELEVISION

SportsChannel will carry Friday’s 7:00 p.m. game on a tape-delay basis at
10:30 p.m. and Saturday’s game live at 7:00 p.m. There will be no TV
coverage of Sunday’s game. All three games will be carried live on Sports
Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen (play-by-play) and Jim Crosby (color)
begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Broadcasts are also
available via the internet at www.wnls.com.


PROBABLE STARTERS













Pos No Player Yr B/T
C #8 Mike Futrell So. R/R .305, 3 HR, 36 RBI
1B #27 Ryan Barthelemy So. L/R .331, 9 HR, 56 RBI
2B #2 Bobby Spano So. S/R .191, 18 Runs, 7 RBI
SS #1 Brett Groves Jr. R/R .360, 3 HR, 38 RBI
3B #31 Marshall McDougall Sr. R/R .353, 7 HR, 53 Runs
CF #9 Karl Jernigan Jr. R/R .356, 4 HR, 42 Runs
RF #15 Chris Smith So. L/L .412, 10 HR, 47 RBI
LF #39 John-Ford Griffin So. L/L .458, 3 HR, 35 RBI
DH #33 John Halliday Sr. L/L .206, 3 HR, 8 RBI
or #18 Pichi Balet Jr. R/R .327, 6 HR, 35 RBI




RHP #41 Jon McDonald Jr. 8-1, 4.18 ERA, 56K
RHP #35 Mike Ziegler Jr. 7-1, 2.44 ERA, 88K
RHP #41 Blair Varnes So. 6-1, 3.05 ERA, 45K
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