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FSU Baseball Prepares For Mercer

March 27, 2000


Tuesday, March 28 – Dick Howser Stadium (5,000)


#1 FLORIDA STATE (28-4, 7-2 ACC)

  • With three straight shutouts against Maryland on Thursday, Friday and
    Saturday, the Tribe maintained the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today
    Coaches’ Poll for the seventh straight week. The Seminoles regained the
    top ranking according to Baseball America and moved up one spot to No. 2 in
    Collegiate Baseball.

  • The Seminoles have now won four straight with a 12-4 victory against Wake
    last Sunday and 11-0, 11-0, 10-0 wins over Maryland. The last time FSU
    shut out an opponent in all three games of a three-game series was March
    11-13, 1971 vs. Lafayette. FSU has recorded four consecutive shutouts
    twice before in school history (1970 and ’73). The Seminole staff’s string
    of 32 innings without giving up a run is also approaching the school record
    for consecutive scoreless innings (40). In addition to the three shutouts
    against Maryland, FSU held Wake scoreless over the final five innings in
    the third game of that series.

  • Sophomore John-Ford Griffin leads the Seminoles at the plate with a .460
    batting average. Griffin has hit safely in 30 of FSU’s 32 games and is
    currently riding a 14-game hitting streak. He has two or more hits in 19
    games this season.

  • Through 32 games, FSU has been impressive both on the mound and at the
    plate. The pitching staff boasts a 2.85 ERA and has 306 strikeouts (9.6
    per game) against just 108 walks for a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.83:1.
    Offensively, the Seminoles are hitting .341 as a team and averaging 9.8
    runs per game.

  • The two teams were originally scheduled to play on Tuesday and Wednesday,
    but the Wednesday game has been canceled.

MERCER (9-17)

Mercer is 9-17 on the season after losing two of three to Stetson over the
weekend. The Bears are led by center fielder Brent Magouirk, who is
hitting .340 with six home runs and 31 RBI. As a team, Mercer is hitting
.283 and have an ERA of 6.36. RHP David D’Amico (1-5, 7.81 ERA) is
Tuesday’s scheduled starter.


SERIES INFORMATION

FSU leads the all-time series 54-8, dating back to 1948. Mercer was one of
eight teams FSU played in its first year of baseball. The Seminoles played
the Bears once in 1999, winning a 14-1 contest in Tallahassee. FSU has won
16 straight with Mercer’s last win coming in 1992 (4-3). Mike Martin is
39-3 all-time versus the Bears.


RADIO AND TELEVISION

There will be no television coverage of Tuesday’s games against Mercer.
The game will be carried live on Sports Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen
and Jim Crosby 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
.333, 21 Runs, 19 RBI
1B#27Ryan BarthelemySo.L/R
.336, 7 HR, 44 RBI
2B#31Marshall McDougallSr.R/R
.303, 5 HR, 40 Runs
SS#1Brett GrovesJr.R/R
.371, 3 HR, 37 Runs
3B#18Pichi BaletJr.R/R
.293, 4 HR, 26 RBI
or#26Scott BoydJr.R/R
.327, 1 HR, 11 RBI
LF#8Mike FutrellSo.R/R
.330, 3 HR, 32 RBI
CF#9Karl JerniganJr.R/R
.353, 4 HR, 38 Runs
RF#15Chris SmithSo.L/L
.400, 8 HR, 40 RBI
OF#39John-Ford GriffinSo.L/L
DH.460, 3 HR, 27 RBI
DH#33John HallidaySr.L/L
1B.167, 3 RBI
LHP #46Matt LynchFr.
3-0, 4.42 ERA, 18K

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