June 21, 1999 - by
Baseball Prepares for Second Straight ACC Road Series

May 5, 1999



The Seminoles: Florida State (40-10, 16-2 ACC), ranked No. 4 in
Collegiate Baseball and No. 5 in Baseball America and Baseball Weekly/ESPN,
plays its second of three straight ACC road series at Maryand (20-22-1,
6-11 ACC).



Series Information: The Seminoles are 23-3 overall against Maryland,
dating back to 1965 and 19-3 against the Terps in league play. FSU is 8-1
at College Park, 12-2 in Tallahassee and 3-0 in neutral site games vs. UM.



#4 Florida State at Maryland

  • May 7 & 8 – 7:00 p.m.
  • May 9 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Shipley Field – College Park, MD





  • The Seminoles could secure their second straight ACC regular
    season title with a win Friday as no other conference team has less than
    seven losses and FSU owns the tie-breaker over those teams (Wake Forest,
    North Carolina, Clemson).



  • FSU lost a school record six straight before
    taking the final two games at Georgia Tech. During the 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.

  • RF Matt Diaz leads the conference with a .414 average and is one
    behind McDougall in the ACC home run chase (15-16).



  • LF Mike Futrell
    upped his average from .326 to .365 with a 7-for-10 series against Tech.
    Futrell scored five runs, knocked in four and belted three doubles and a
    home run against the Yellow Jackets.



  • FSU is batting .323, has hit 75
    home runs while averaging 8.8 runs per game.



  • The Seminole pitching staff
    has posted a 3.19 ERA and opponents are batting just .227. The staff is
    averaging 9.9 strikeouts per game.



  • RHP Chris Chavez (6-4, 2.37) was
    named ACC Pitcher of the Week after beating the Yellow Jackets on Sunday.
    The senior struck out a career-high 13 batters in 8 2/3 innings while
    giving up just two earned runs on two hits in his first start of the
    season.



  • FSU has allowed double-digit hits by opponents only 13 times
    this season.



  • FSU has won 23 of its 50 games by a 5+ run margin and has
    held opponents to three runs or less in 26 of 50 games.

  • Head coach Mike
    Martin is in his 20th season as the Seminoles’ skipper, collecting a
    1,062-360-3 record.





    Scouting the Opponent: Maryland (20-22-1, 6-11 ACC) took two from Coppin
    State on April 29th and face George Washington (5/3) and Richmond (5/4 &
    5/5) before hosting FSU. The Terrapins rank sixth in the conference in
    batting average (.311) and are last in team pitching (6.23).




    Television: Both the Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.) games
    will be carried by the Sunshine Network. Gene Deckerhoff will handle the
    play-by-play and Link Jarrett will provide the color commentary.




    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 169 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 5 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 102 relief
    outings and is second in total appearances with 106, getting the win as the
    starter against JU (4/14) and making his last relief appearance vs. Georgia
    Tech (5/1).


    Florida State Career Relief Appearances
    102 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 1988-91 106 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 365 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
    365 Chris Chavez        1996-present
    336 Larry Jones         1974-77
    


    Last Home Runs for FSU


    Player Opponent Games Since
    M. Diaz Georgia Tech (5/2) 0
    Cash Georgia Tech (5/1) 1
    Futrell Georgia Tech (5/1) 1
    Klosterman Georgia Tech (5/1) 1
    Halliday Georgia Tech (4/30) 2
    Jernigan Miami (4/25) 3
    McDougall Miami (4/25) 3
    Scott Miami (4/25) 3
    Griffin Miami (4/16) 8
    Hart Jacksonville (4/14) 9
    Groves Wake Forest (4/2) 16
    Smith Troy State (2/13) 42


    Grand Slams: McDougall 1 (1/30)
    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 .747 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 16-2
    Non-Conference 24-8
    Vs. Ranked Teams 15-8
    Vs. Unranked Teams 25-2
    Home Games 32-4
    Road Games 7-5
    Neutral Games 1-1
    Day Games 24-5
    Night Games 16-5
    Vs. Right-Hand Starters 27-9
    Vs. Left-Hand Starters 13-1
    One-Run Decisions 4-6
    Two-Run Decisions 4-1
    Extra Innings 1-1
    Shutouts 1-0
    FSU Scores Firsts 28-4
    Opponent Scores First 11-6
    Led After Seven 37-2
    Trailed After Seven 1-6
    Tied After Seven 1-2
    Led After Eight 38-1
    Trailed After Eight 1-8
    Tied After Eight 1-1
    Out-Hit Opponents 38-2
    Out-Hit by Opponents 2-8
    January 3-0
    February 10-2
    March 17-1
    April 8-7
    May 2-0
    Last 5 Games 2-3
    Last 10 Games 4-6
    Current Streak W2


    Hitting Streaks


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


    Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games


    Multi-Hit Multi-RBI
    Games Games
    Ryan Barthelemy 4 4
    Kevin Cash 14 14
    Matt Diaz 26 19
    Michael Futrell 9 3
    John-Ford Griffin 7 4
    Brett Groves 11 2
    John Halliday 16 12
    Chris Hart 1 3
    J.C. Huguet 0 0
    Karl Jernigan 5 5
    Jeremiah Klosterman 12 16
    Marshall McDougall 23 14
    Sam Scott 9 7
    Chris Smith 5 3
    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 ACC Player of the Week (2/22, 4/12)
    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 16-2 ACC record not only tops the league, but no other team in the
    conference has less than seven ACC losses. FSU’s best-ever finish in
    conference play was 18-4 in 1998.



  • 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 8.8 runs per game, batting a stellar .323 and
    have a 3.19 ERA all while posting a 40-10 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 11.5 hits per game, which would be the best in
    school history if the season ended today.

  • Kevin Cash is batting .325 (25-for-77) in his last 18 games and has
    knocked in 23 runs during that time, including four home runs (one grand
    slam).




    Team Notes

  • Florida State has not been shutout for 206 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 11.5 hits per game and have out-hit opponents in 40 of
    50 games.



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




    A Look at the Polls…

    (As of May 3, 1999)


    CB BA BW
    Miami (33-10) 1 4 2
    Cal. St. Fullerton (40-9) 2 3 4
    Rice (46-10) 3 2 1
    Florida State (40-10) 4 5 5
    Stanford (33-12) 5 6 6
    Texas A&M (42-11) 6 1 3
    Wichita State (44-10) 7 10 7
    Baylor (41-11) 8 7 8
    Arkansas (32-18) 9 14 18
    North Carolina (37-10) 10 12 14
    Florida Atlantic (46-3) 11 8 9
    Alabama (36-14) 12 15 16
    Pepperdine (37-10) 13 11 10
    Wake Forest (32-13) 14 21 21
    Ohio State (38-7) 15 9 13
    Southern California (30-22) 16 18 23
    Texas Tech (38-11) 17 13 11
    Tulane (38-11) 18 16 15
    Louisiana State (32-17) 19 19 19
    Mississippi (30-20) 20 23 NR
    Texas (34-19) 21 20 20
    Auburn (36-13) 22 17 12
    Clemson (29-18) 23 NR NR
    Nevada (32-14) 24 24 NR
    Mississippi St. (35-14) 25 NR 17
    East Carolina (38-11) NR 23 22
    Houston (30-19) NR 24 NR
    Arizona State (36-18) NR NR 24
    VCU (38-11) 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 and has posted a 15-8 record in
    those games. The Seminoles played a total of 24 games against those teams
    this season.




    FSU Opponents Preseason/Current Rankings


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


    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.




    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.




    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 should
    have at least four players with double-digit home runs at the end of the
    year, while the ’97 team had two (J.D. Drew & Jeremy Morris) and the ’98
    team had three (Brian Cox, Matt Diaz, Jeremy Salazar).




    Seminole Veterans Vs. Maryland

    Batting
    
  • Kosterman - 6 games .353 avg. (6-17), 4 RBI, 1 Run, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 SO
  • Cash - 6 games .286 avg. (4-14), 2 RBI, 3 Runs, 2 2B, 2 BB, 5 SO
  • Diaz - 3 games .273 avg. (3-11), 4 RBI, 1 Run, 1 2B, 3 BB, 3 SO
  • Groves - 3 games .200 avg. (2-10), 1 RBI, 2 Runs, 2 2B, 3 BB, 3 SO Pitching
  • Chavez - 2 apperances (1-0, 4.77 ERA) 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 3 SO
  • Diaz - 3 appearances (1-0, 2.00 ERA) 9.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 SO
  • DiBlasi - 1 apperance (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Ginn - 1 appearance (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 0.0 IP, 2 BB
  • McDonald - 1 appearance (1-0, 2.57 ERA) 7.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO
  • Stocks - 1 appearance (1-0, 0.00 ERA) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO

  • Trip to Maryland Includes Orioles & White House

    The Seminole baseball team has an exciting schedule planned for their trip
    to Maryland. Immediately after their arrival on Thursday, the team will
    take in a Baltimore Orioles-Chicago White Sox game at Camden Yards. On
    Friday morning they will head to Washington, D.C. and tour the White House.




    Groves Returns to Lineup

    Sophomore Brett Groves, who has started 44 games at shortstop for the Tribe
    this season, is expected to return to action against the Terrapins after
    missing the Georgia Tech series with a sore shoulder. He pinch-ran in
    Friday’s game, but did not play the field or bat. In his absence, Bobby
    Spano (Fri.) and Kevin Cash (Sat. & Sun.) filled in at SS. When Cash moved
    to SS, Marshall McDougall moved from 2B to 3B and Spano played 2B.




    Diaz Ranks Among Nation’s Best

    Rightfielder Matt Diaz leads the ACC in three categories. Here’s where
    the sophomore stacks in the conference’s major offensive categories.


    Category Totals ACC (NCAA)
    Batting Avg. .414 1 (48)
    Hits 87 1
    RBI 67 1
    Home Runs 15 2
    Doubles 20 4
    Runs 57 4


    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 3.19 leads the
    ACC and currently stands fourth nationally. Here is where FSU pitchers
    stand in the conference standings heading into the weekend:


    Pitcher Category Totals ACC (NCAA)
    Chavez ERA 2.37 2(27)
    McDonald ERA 3.50 7
    Varnes ERA 3.53 8
    Stocks ERA 3.29 6
    Stocks Wins 8-1 4
    Varnes Wins 8-1 4
    McDonald Wins 7-2 6
    Stocks Strikeouts 99 3
    McDonald Strikeouts 94 4
    Chavez Strikeouts 80 6
    Chavez SO/9 inn. 12.6 1(5)
    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 .332 with 218
    RBI, 40 home runs and 248 runs scored. That means the group is responsible
    for 54 percent of FSU’s RBI total, 53 percent of the home runs and 56
    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.

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