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Baseball Opens ACC Season

March 11, 1999


#1 Florida State vs. Virginia

March 12 & 13 * 7:00 p.m.

March 14 * 2:00 p.m.


Dick Howser Stadium * Tallahassee, FL


The Seminoles: Florida State opens the ACC season with a 16-3 record and
No. 1 ranking by Baseball Weekly. * The Seminoles have posted a cumlative
16-4 record in their opening ACC series’ since joining the league in 1992.
* 2B Marshall McDougall earned MVP of the Hormel Foods Baseball Classic
after batting .583 with a home run and five RBI. McDougall is riding a
10-game hitting streak in which he is batting .462 with 16 RBI. * RF Matt
Diaz has hit safely in 17 of 19 games this year. * 1B Kevin Cash has hit
safely in six of the last seven games and is batting .333 during that span.
* FSU is batting .325, has hit 29 home runs while averaging 9.2 runs per
game. * The Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.82 ERA and opponents
are batting just .214 against FSU. The staff is averaging 10.0 strikeouts
per game. * FSU has allowed double-digit hits by opponents only three
times this season. * FSU fielders are averaging .969 and have posted 12
games with one or no errors. * FSU has won 10 of its 19 games by a 5+ run
margin. * Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the Seminoles
skipper, collecting a 1,038-353-3 record over the past 20 years.

Series Information: Florida State leads the series 21-6 since 1972. The
Seminoles are 19-6 against Virginia since joining the ACC in 1992. Mike
Martin is 19-6 against UVA.

Scouting the Opponent: Virginia enters the series with an 8-9 record, but
has won its last four games. The Cavaliers are batting just .246, but have
posted a 4.65 ERA. Jonathan Benick leads UVA with a .359 batting average,
three home runs and 19 RBI. RHP Casey Kennedy (1-3, 3.16 ERA) will pitch
Friday, LHP Brandon Creswell (3-1, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound Saturday,
while RHP Kevin Shrout (2-2, 4.91 ERA) will be Sunday’s starter.

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

Television: Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14– Live on the Sunshine
Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff and Link Jarrett.

Florida State Probable Starting Lineup

Pos.  No. Player               Yr.  B/T  ('99 Statistics)
 C   #25  Jeremiah Klosterman  Sr.  S/R  (.3022, 1 HR, 13 RBI)
1B   #13  Kevin Cash           Jr.  R/R  (.246, 5 HR, 14 RBI)
2B   #31  Marshall McDougall   Jr.  R/R  (.442, 6 HR, 29 RBI)
SS    #1  Brett Groves         So.  S/R  (.254, 0 HR, 9 RBI)
3B   #22  Sam Scott            Jr.  L/R  (.340, 3 HR, 13 RBI)
LF   #15  Chris Smith          Fr.  S/L  (.250, 1 HR, 9 RBI)
CF    #9  Karl Jernigan        So.  S/R  (.250, 2 HR, 12 RBI)
RF   #32  Matt Diaz            So.  R/R  (.449, 5 HR, 23 RBI)
DH   #33  John Halliday        Jr.  L/L  (.284, 5 HR, 20 RBI)


RHP #41 Jon McDonald So. (2-1, 3.16 ERA, 31.1 IP, 40 K)
RHP #30 Nick Stocks So. (5-0, 3.16 ERA, 37.0 IP, 41 K)
RHP #21 Blair Varnes Fr. (3-0, 2.06 ERA, 35.0 IP, 29 K)

Head Coach Mike Martin

Career/FSU Record:          1,038-353-3 (20th year)
ACC Record:                 115-47 (8th year)
Conference Championships:   13
                             2 ACC ('95, '97),11 Metro ('80, '81, '83-'91)
NCAA Tournament Appearances 19
College World Series App.   10
50+ Win Seasons             17

Who’s Hot…

  • Kevin Cash has hit safely in six of the last seven games and is batting
    .333 (9-for-27) with six RBI and seven runs during that span.

  • Matt Diaz broke a 14-game hitting streak in which he is batting 27-for-54
    (.500) against Wichita State. He leads FSU with a .855 slugging percentage
    (15 of his 31 hits are for extra bases). Diaz has been a clutch hitter,
    batting .586 with RBI opportunities and .500 with runners on base.

  • Marshall McDougall leads FSU with 11 multi-hit games and 29 RBI. He is
    riding a 10-game hitting streak in which he is batting .462 (18-for-39).
    He has scored a run in every game but two this season. McDougall also
    leads FSU with 14 two-out RBI. He is batting .467 with RBI opportunies.

  • Mike Futrell is batting .500 (3-for-6) in his last four games.
  • John-Ford Griffin just broke a seven-game hitting streak against
    Washington State. He batted .500 (7-for-14) with four doubles during the
    streak.

  • Jeremiah Klosterman is batting .357 (5-for-14) in his last four games.
  • Chris Smith is 8-for-26 (.308) in his last seven games.

    Who’s Not…

  • Sam Scott is just 1-for-19 (.053) after batting .600 (9-for-15) during a
    four-game hot streak.

  • John Halliday is just 1-for-15 (.067) after batting .438 (7-for-16)
    during a four game stretch.

  • Chris Hart is just 1-for-7 after ending a four-game hitting streak on
    Feb. 13th.

  • Karl Jernigan ended a 1-for-25 slump with a 3-for-3 performance against
    Washington State last weekend.

    Team Notes

  • Believe it or not, FSU does not have a sacrifice bunt through 19 games.
  • Florida State has not been shutout for 175 consecutive games since a 2-0
    loss to Clemson on May 6, 1996. The Seminoles have posted 12 shutouts
    against opponents during that time.

  • FSU is averaging 11.5 hits per game and have out-hit opponents in 17 of
    19 games.

  • The Seminole pitching staff’s strikeout to walk ratio is 2.7:1.

    On the Mound…

  • Jon McDonald has held opponents to one or no runs in four of his six
    appearances and has nine or more strikeouts in three appearances.

  • Nick Stocks has allowed no more than three runs or six hits in any outing
    this year. He also knows how to close an inning — opponents are batting
    just .105 against him with two outs.

  • Blair Varnes has given up just three earned runs in his last four starts
    (22.2 IP). Varnes has allowed just two walks in 35.0 IP. His strikeout to
    walk ratio is 14.5:1.

  • Mike DiBlasi has allowed only four hits in nine relief appearances. He
    has struck out the side in four of his nine appearances and given up just
    three walks. He is averaging 19.0 strikeouts per nine innings.

    Looking Down the Road…

  • FSU’s team batting average of .325 would be the Seminoles best team
    batting average since 1986 (.325) if the season ended today. FSU’s .969
    fielding percentage would also be the Seminoles’ best since 1994 when they
    posted a .973 average.

  • The pitching staff’s 10.1 strikeouts per game projects about 700 total
    strikeouts for the season (figured on a 70 game season). Only the 1986
    pitching staff, which played 84 games, has totaled 700 K’s in a season
    (718) in FSU history.

  • FSU is on pace to hit over 100 home runs as a team for just the fifth
    time in history. The 1997 team was the last to do it with 114, but J.D.
    Drew (31) and Jeremy Morris (25) combined for 56 of them.

    Hitting Streaks

                Current Season  Career
    Barthemely     0       3       3
    Cash           2       4       8
    Futrell        3       3       3
    Griffin        0       7       7
    Groves         1       3      15
    Halliday       0       4       4
    Hart           0       4       2
    Jernigan       1       3      12
    Klosterman     4       5       7
    McDougall     10      10      10
    M. Diaz        2      14      15
    Scott          0       4       4
    Spano          0       2       2
    

    Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games

                        Multi-Hit   Multi-RBI
                          Games       Games
    Ryan Barthelemy         1           2
    Kevin Cash              4           4
    Matt Diaz               9           8
    Michael Futrell         1           1
    John-Ford Griffin       1           0
    Brett Groves            5           1
    John Halliday           6           6
    Chris Hart              1           0
    J.C. Huguet             0           0
    Karl Jernigan           5           2
    Jeremiah Klosterman     6           5
    Marshall McDougall     11           6
    Sam Scott               7           4
    Chris Smith             3           2
    Bobby Spano             1           0
    

    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
    

    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
    

    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
    

    Florida State Miscellaneous Breakdown

    ACC                        0-0
    Non-Conference            16-3
    Vs. Ranked Teams           5-3
    Vs. Unranked Teams        11-0
    Home Games                14-1
    Road Games                 1-1
    Neutral Games              1-1
    Day Games                 15-3
    Night Games                1-0
    Vs. Right-Hand Starters   11-3
    Vs. Left-Hand Starters     5-0
    One-Run Decisions          0-1
    Two-Run Decisions          1-1
    Extra Innings              0-0
    Shutouts                   0-0
    FSU Scores Firsts         12-1
    Opponent Scores First      4-2
    Led After Seven           15-0
    Trailed After Seven        0-3
    Tied After Seven           1-0
    Led After Eight           16-0
    Trailed After Eight        0-3
    Tied After Eight           0-0
    Out-Hit Opponents         16-1
    Out-Hit by Opponents       0-2
    January                    3-0
    February                  10-2
    March                      3-1
    April                      0-0
    May                        0-0
    Last 5 Games               4-1
    Last 10 Games              7-3
    Current Streak              W2
    


    Last Home Runs for FSU

    Player         Opponent                  Games Since
    Cash           vs. Washington St. (3/7)       0
    McDougall      vs. Washington St. (3/7)       0
    M. Diaz        at Minnesota (3/6)             1
    Halliday       at Florida (2/28)              4
    Scott          Charleston So. (2/17)          8
    Futrell        Charleston So. (2/16)          9
    Smith          Troy State (2/13)             11
    Jernigan       Troy State (2/12)             12
    Klosterman     UNC Asheville (1/31)          16
    Grand Slams:   McDougall 1 (last 1/30).
    

    Poll After Poll After Poll

    The Florida State baseball program has been ranked in Collegiate Baseball
    for 161 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
    

    Diaz in Relief

    Senior left-hander Zach Diaz has led FSU in appearances for each of the
    last three seasons and has six appearances this season. Diaz is second on
    the FSU all-time list for relief appearances with 89 and needs just four
    more appearances to tie the FSU career record. He is also for second in
    appearances with 92.

    Florida State Career Relief Appearances

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

    Florida State Career Appearances

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

    Chavez Boasts Quite a “K”areer

    With three strikeouts last weekend, senior righthander Chris Chavez moved
    up to a tie with Gene Amman for 6th on the Top 10 Career Strikeout list.
    Chavez currently has 311 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
    336 Larry Jones        1974-77
    311 Gene Amman         1968-70
    311 Chris Chavez       1996-present
    307 Ricky Kimball      1988-91
    299 Paul Wilson        1992-94
    

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