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Baseball Takes On Rival Miami In Super Regional

June 1, 2000


2000 NCAA Super Regional

Friday-Sunday, June 2-4

Dick Howser Stadium (5,000)


#7 FLORIDA STATE (49-16)

  • The Seminoles, the sixth seed nationally, host Miami in a rematch of last
    year’s national championship game. FSU will be trying to reach the 50-win
    plateau for the seventh straight year and 19th year overall.

  • FSU went 4-1 in the Tallahassee regional, defeating UCF twice on Sunday
    to advance to Super Regional play. Eight Seminoles were named to the
    All-Regional team (John Halliday – DH, Scott Boyd – 1B, Pichi Balet – 3B,
    John-Ford Griffin – OF, Chris Smith – OF, Karl Jernigan – OF, Robby Read
    P & Jon McDonald – P). Griffin was named the most outstanding player after
    hitting .520 (13-25) with six doubles, two home runs, eight runs scored and
    eight RBI.

  • Mike Martin has led his team to NCAA postseason competition in each of
    his 21 seasons as head coach at Florida State. Martin’s teams have
    advanced to the CWS 11 times and in 10 of the last 14 seasons. Martin is
    63-23 overall in NCAA Regionals and 44-8 since 1990. All 18 of FSU’s
    50-win seasons have come during Martin’s tenure.

  • 2000 marked the 19th year since 1976 that FSU has hosted regional
    competition. As a host, the Seminoles have advanced to Omaha nine times in
    the old six-team format and once as a host of both rounds in the new format
    (last season).

  • FSU has played one of the most difficult schedules in the country and
    played a total of 30 games against teams in the final regular season
    Collegiate Baseball poll. The Seminoles have faced four of the other seven
    national seeds (Ga. Tech, Clemson, ASU & Stanford).

  • RHP Blair Varnes will start on a Friday for the first time this season.
    RHP Jon McDonald and RHP Mike Ziegler complete FSU’s rotation.

#8 MIAMI (40-17-1)

Miami, ranked No. 8 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Poll, swept through
regional play in Coral Gables to advance to the Super Regional in
Tallahassee. 3B Kevin Howard leads UM with a .420 batting average while 1B
Lale Esquivel is the team home run leader with 20.


SERIES INFORMATION

FSU leads the all-time series 112-98-3, dating back to 1951. The Seminoles
won four of six from the Hurricanes this season, including a three-game
sweep of the ‘Canes in Tallahassee. UM won six of seven in 1999, with the
sixth win coming in the CWS title game. There have been 60 one-run
contests in the series, with FSU winning 26 of those games. FSU has played
Miami more times than any other school.


RADIO AND TELEVISION

Sunshine Network will air the Friday and Saturday 7:00 p.m. games as well
as the Sunday 1:00 p.m. game (if necessary). All games will be carried
live locally on Sports Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby will
begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Broadcasts are also
available via the internet at www.wnls.com.


PROBABLE STARTERS












PosNoPlayerYrB/T
C #32Blair McCalebSo.R/R.247, 3 HR, 31 RBI
1B#27Ryan BarthelemySo.L/R.310, 10 HR, 65 RBI
2B#31Marshall McDougallSr.R/R.341, 12 HR, 62 RBI
SS#1Brett GrovesJr.R/R.316, 55 Runs, 32 SB
3B #18Pichi BaletJr.R/R.326, 6 HR, 36 RBI
CF#9Karl JerniganJr.R/R.339, 5 HR, 48 RBI
RF#15Chris SmithSo.L/L.389, 12 HR, 59 RBI
LF#39John-Ford GriffinSo.L/L.417, 8 HR, 54 RBI
DH#33John HallidaySr.L/L.207, 4 HR, 19 RBI




RHP#21Blair VarnesSo.10-2, 3.57 ERA, 71K
RHP#41 Jon McDonaldJr.11-4, 3.93 ERA, 85K
RHP#35Mike ZieglerJr.8-4, 3.35 ERA, 135K

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