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FSU Baseball Prepares For Three Game Series With Clemson

May 4, 2000


#2 FLORIDA STATE (41-9, 13-5 ACC)

The Seminoles remained No. 2 in all three major polls for the third
straight week after winning two of three from NC State last weekend. FSU
has been No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for a total of nine weeks
(of a possible 12) since the season began.

Marshall McDougall made it a memorable Senior Day on Sunday against NC
State when he tied a school record with four doubles in a game.
McDougall’s fourth double knocked in two runs with two outs in the bottom
of the 12th inning to give FSU a 6-5 victory.

McDougall was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time this
season after hitting .538 (7-for-13) against the Wolfpack with eight RBI,
four runs, two home runs and five doubles. He has raised his average to
.360 over the last five weeks, as he was hitting .303 on March 25.

Georgia Tech is currently holding down first place in the ACC standings
with a 16-5 mark while FSU (13-5) and Clemson (12-6) check in at second
and third. Georgia Tech plays out of conference at Miami this weekend
before finishing at Wake Forest while FSU plays at UNC next weekend. The
Tigers finish up ACC play at Virginia.

McDougall tied Chris Smith for the team home run lead at 11 with two over
the weekend against NC State. Smith, a recent Team USA invitee, is second
in batting (.404) to John-Ford Griffin (.438). McDougall and Smith are
also tied for the team lead in runs scored (61) while Ryan Barthelemy is
tops on the squad with 58 RBI.

The FSU pitching staff leads the ACC and ranks third in the country with
an ERA of 3.09. Mike Ziegler leads the league in strikeouts (108).


#8 CLEMSON (37-12, 12-6 ACC)

The Tigers are third in the conference standings after losing two of three
at Georgia Tech last weekend. SS Jeff Baker (.345, 5 HR) and 3B Khalil
Greene (.344, 4 HR) lead Clemson at the plate. Clemson pitching rotation:
RHP Jarrod Schmidt (7-0, 2.42 ERA), RHP Scott Berney (7-4, 2.95 ERA) and
RHP Ryan Mottl (7-2, 3.38 ERA).


SERIES INFORMATION

Florida State leads the all-time series 42-37-1, dating
back to 1958. Since joining the ACC in 1992, the Seminoles are 18-17
overall against the Tigers. At Clemson, the Tigers hold a 10-2 advantage
over FSU since 1992. Last year in Tallahassee, FSU won two out of three
from CU and then lost an 8-7 game to be eliminated from the ACC Tournament.

RADIO AND TELEVISION

Monday’s game will be televised live by College Sports Southeast with Doug
Bell and Kevin Hays handling the play-by-play and color commentary. All
three games will be carried live on Sports Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen
will begin coverage at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Broadcasts are also available via the internet at www.wnls.com.

PROBABLE STARTERS














PosNoPlayerYrB/T
C #32Blair McCalebSo.R/R.275, 3 HR, 24 RBI
1B#27Ryan BarthelemySo.L/R.307, 9 HR, 58 RBI
2B#2Bobby SpanoSo.S/R.174, 22 Runs, 8 RBI
SS#1Brett GrovesJr.R/R.348, 3 HR, 51 Runs
3B#31Marshall McDougallSr.R/R.360, 11 HR, 61 Runs
CF#9Karl JerniganJr.R/R.357, 4 HR, 44 Runs
RF#15Chris SmithSo.L/L.404, 11 HR, 51 RBI
LF/#39John-Ford GriffinSo.L/LDH .438, 6 HR, 44 RBI
LF/C#8Mike FutrellSo.R/R.295, 4 HR, 39 RBI
DH#33John HallidaySr.L/L.157, 3 HR, 10 RBI
OR #18Pichi BaletJr.R/R.309, 6 HR, 35 RBI





RHP#35Mike ZieglerJr.8-2, 2.60 ERA, 108K
RHP#21Blair VarnesSo.8-2, 3.36 ERA, 59K
RHP#41 Jon McDonaldJr.9-2, 4.11 ERA, 63K
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