June 4, 1999
TUCSON, AZ — Florida State righthanded pitcher Blair Varnes has been
named one of three Freshman Players of the Year and a Louisville Slugger
Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Varnes, a native of
Pascagoula, Miss., owns a record of 11-1 with a 3.84 ERA and has struck
out 75 batters while walking just 16. The other two Freshman Players of
the Year are second baseman James Jurries (.374, 20 HR, 79 RBI) of
Tulane and third baseman Mark Teixeira (.387, 13 HR, 65 RBI) of Georgia
Varnes, who redshirted last year after undergoing “Tommy John”
surgery, combines with Nick Stocks and Jon McDonald to give FSU one of
the best starting rotations in the country. Both Stocks and McDonald
had “Tommy John” surgery and earned Freshman All-America honors a year
ago. The Seminole pitching staff leads the nation with a 3.04 ERA.
Varnes is scheduled to pitch Sunday’s game (if necessary) against Auburn
in Super Regional play.