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No. 1 Baseball Awaits No. 5 Miami

April 15, 1999


#1 Florida State vs. #5 Miami
April 16 & 17 – 7:00 p.m.
April 18 – 1:00 p.m.
Dick Howser Stadium – Tallahassee, FL


The Seminoles: Top-ranked Florida State (37-4, 14-1 ACC) hosts No. 5 Miami
for a three-game series, then travels to Coral Gables next weekend to
complete the traditional six-game set.

  • FSU has a consensus No. 1 ranking
    by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and Baseball Weekly/ESPN. The 40
    voting coaches gave the Seminoles all but one first-place vote in this
    week’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25.

  • This season, Mike Martin’s squad
    boasts an impressive 14-3 record against ranked opponents. The Seminoles
    are coming off a 25-2 victory at Jacksonville Wednesday night in which they
    scored 12 runs in the first inning.

  • FSU has won 23 of its last 24 with a
    21-game winning streak snapped last Saturday against Clemson, one short of
    the school record.

  • 2B Marshall McDougall is riding a 32-game hitting
    streak in which he is batting .428 (59-for-138) with 44 RBI.

  • RF Matt
    Diaz has hit safely in 36 of 41 games this year and leads the team with 13
    home runs and a .444 average.

  • CF Karl Jernigan is expected to return to
    the lineup after fracturing his right fifth finger against Jacksonville
    (4/7)

  • FSU is batting .339, has hit 58 home runs while averaging 9.3 runs
    per game.

  • The Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.73 ERA and
    opponents are batting just .214 against FSU. The staff is averaging 10.1
    strikeouts per game.

  • FSU has allowed double-digit hits by opponents only
    eight times this season. Despite the impressive pitching numbers, FSU
    pitchers have recorded just one shutout this season (4/9 vs. Clemson)

  • The FSU defense has gone 22 games with one or no errors.
  • FSU has won 21
    of its 41 games by a 5+ run margin and has held opponents to three runs or
    less in 23 of 41 games.

  • Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season as
    the Seminoles’ skipper, collecting a 1,059-354-3 record.

  • The Duke game
    on Sunday, May 16th has been changed to a 4:00 p.m., start.


    Series Information: The Seminoles lead the overall series, which
    dates back to 1951, 105-90-3. Last season, Miami swept FSU in Tallahassee
    with the Tribe taking two of three in Coral Gables. The Seminoles are
    56-42 against the ‘Canes at Dick Howser Stadium (45-47 @ Miami, 4-1
    neutral).


    Scouting the Opponent: The Hurricanes (26-8) have taken two of three in
    each of their last two series against Clemson and NC State. 2B Manny
    Crespo owns the teams’ best batting average at .466 and also leads the team
    in RBI with 40. LF Kevin Brown (13) and C Russ Jacobson (12) are top duo
    in home runs. RHP Alex Santos (8-1, 1.92 ERA), RHP Darryl Roque (4-1, 3.32
    ERA) and RHP David Gill (3-0, 4.15 ERA) are the scheduled starters. Miami
    is batting .357 as a team with 68 home runs while the pitching staff’s ERA
    is 3.74.


    Television: The Sunshine Network will carry Sunday’s game live at 1:00 p.m.
    with Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) and Link Jarrett (color) serving as the
    talent.


    Radio: Sportsradio 1270 AM (WNLS).
    Play-by-play: Lee Bowen & Jim Crosby.
    Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes before game time. You can also access
    the games live on the internet at www.wnls.com.


    Florida State Probable Starting Lineup

    Pos. No.  Player                Yr.  B/T  ('99 Statistics)
    C    #25  Jeremiah Klosterman   Sr.  S/R  (.356, 4 HR, 36 RBI)
    1B   #33  John Halliday         Jr.  L/L  (.326, 7 HR, 40 RBI)
    2B   #31  Marshall McDougall    Jr.  R/R  (.426, 12 HR, 57 RBI)
    SS    #1  Brett Groves          So.  R/R  (.267, 0 HR, 18 RBI)
    3B   #13  Kevin Cash            Jr.  R/R  (.316, 7 HR, 30 RBI)
    CF   #15  Chris Smith           Fr.  S/L  (.255, 1 HR, 14 RBI)
    LF   #39  John-Ford Griffin     Fr.  L/L  (.473, 1 HR, 15 RBI)
     or   #8  Mike Futrell          Fr.  R/R  (.355, 2 HR, 11 RBI)
    RF   #32  Matt Diaz             So.  R/R  (.444, 13 HR, 61 RBI)
    DH   #22  Sam Scott             Jr.  L/R  (.311, 5 HR, 21 RBI)
    

    RHP #41 Jon McDonald So. (6-1, 2.77 ERA, 78 K, 61.2 IP) RHP #30 Nick Stocks So. (8-1, 3.33 ERA, 86 K, 75.2 IP) RHP #21 Blair Varnes Fr. (7-0, 2.21 ERA, 51 K, 69.1 IP)


    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 2.73 leads the ACC
    and currently stands second nationally behind only Florida Atlantic. Here
    is where FSU pitchers stand coming into the weekend:



    Pitcher Category Totals ACC (NCAA)

    Varnes           ERA      2.21   1   (37)
    McDonald         ERA      2.77   6
    Stocks           ERA      3.33  10
    Stocks          Wins       8-1   1   (11)
    Varnes          Wins       7-0   4 
    Stocks       Strikeouts     86   3
    McDonald     Strikeouts     78   4
    DiBlasi        Saves         8   1   (10)
    

    ‘Noles Vs. Sunshine State Competition
    In seven games against state opponents (Florida – 4, Jacksonville – 2,
    South Florida – 1), FSU is 5-2 this season with both losses coming to
    Florida. When the Tribe faces an in-state foe, they are averaging 9.29
    runs per game while giving up only 3.86. FSU’s batting average (.312 vs.
    .213) and RBI totals (58 vs. 26) are also significantly higher.


    FSU Newcomers Getting it Done at the Plate
    Collectively, all Florida State newcomers (freshman and junior transfers)
    are batting .349 with 186 RBI and 31 home runs. That means the group is
    responsible for 53 percent of FSU’s RBI total and 53 percent of the home
    runs. 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.

    The FSU-UM Series


    FSU Miami
    Wins 105 90 (3 ties)
    at FSU 56 42 (1 tie)
    at Miami 45 47 (2 ties)
    at Omaha 2 1
    Neutral Site 2 0


    Runs 1104 976


    One Run Wins 24 27
    at FSU 12 11
    at Miami 11 15
    at Omaha 0 1
    Neutral Site 1 0


    Two Run Wins 8 11
    at FSU 5 3
    at Miami 3 7
    at Omaha 0 1
    Neutral Site 0 0


    Shutout Wins 10 5
    at FSU 6 0
    at Miami 3 5
    Neutral Site 1 0


    Extra Inning Wins 4 8
    at FSU 3 4
    at Miami 1 4


    Diaz Ranks Among Nation’s Best

  • Rightfielder Matt Diaz ranks among the best in the country in two
    categories. Here’s where the sophomore stacks up both nationally and in
    the conference in batting average, RBI, home runs and doubles. NCAA
    rankings do not include Wed. game vs. JU.

    Category         Totals  ACC  NCAA
    Batting Avg.      .444    1    45
    RBI                 61    1     9
    Home Runs           13    1    --
    Doubles             18    1    --
    

    Seminole Veterans vs. Miami

                 Avg.  G  AB  R  H  RBI  2B  3B  HR  BB  SO
    Cash        .192   9  26  4  5   4    1   0   2   3   9
    Diaz        .304   6  23  2  7   3    0   0   1   1  10
    Groves      .095   6  21  1  2   1    1   0   0   1   8
    Jernigan    .217   6  23  2  5   1    0   0   0   2   6
    Klosterman  .190  10  21  2  4   2    0   0   0   5   4
    

    W-L ERA APP IP H R ER BB SO SV Chavez 1-0 6.88 6 17 25 15 13 17 18 1 DiBlasi 1-0 1.13 5 8 0 1 1 7 6 1 Z. Diaz 0-1 6.57 5 12.1 16 9 9 5 9 1 Ginn 0-0 4.92 2 3.2 2 2 2 1 3 0 McDonald 1-1 4.91 2 11 10 10 6 11 8 0 Smalley 0-0 9.00 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 Stocks 1-1 3.48 2 10.1 7 8 4 13 8 0

    Miami Starters vs. FSU in ’98

  • UM RHP Alex Santos beat FSU in game one, going seven innings and giving
    up two runs while striking out 12. RHP Jon McDonald took the loss with
    five earned runs in five innings of work.

    4/3/99    W-L   IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO
    Santons   1-0  7.0  4  2   2   2  12
    McDonald  0-1  5.0  6  9   5   8   6
    
  • RHP Darryl Roque pitched five innings and gave up two earned runs to get
    the win for Miami. RHP Nick Stocks took the loss for FSU, going 4.2
    innings and giving up five runs (two earned).

    4/4/99   W-L   IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO
    Roque    1-0  5.0  8  2   2   1   5
    Stocks   0-1  4.2  4  5   2   5   7
    
  • In the final game in Tallahassee, Miami won 9-6 in 10 innings with Robbie
    Morrison getting the win in relief. RHP Darin Spassoff started for UM and
    gave up five runs in five innings while FSU LHP starter Wes Crawford went
    seven and gave up five earned runs.

    4/5/99    W-L   IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO
    Spassoff  1-0  5.0  8  5   5   2   4
    Crawford  0-0  7.0  7  5   5   3   4
    
  • In Miami, the ‘Canes won their fourth in a row with Santos throwing a
    complete game one-hitter with 12 strikeouts. Brian Cox broke up the
    no-hitter with a sols HR in the ninth. Crawford gave up six runs on seven
    hits in 6.1 IP in the loss.

    5/1/99    W-L   IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO
    Santos    1-0  9.0  1  1   1   2  12
    Crawford  0-1  6.1  7  6   6   5   7
    
  • FSU rebounded in game five as McDonald went six innings and gave up just
    one earned run for the FSU win. UM’s Roque took the loss with a 6.2 inning
    outing (7 earned runs).

    5/2/99    W-L   IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO
    Roque     0-1  6.2  9  7   7   0   6
    McDonald  1-0  6.0  4  1   1   3   2
    
  • The Seminoles won the final game of the series behind Stocks’ 5.2 inning,
    two earned run outing. UM RHP Todd Ozias surrendered five runs on six hits
    in 5.2 innings.

    5/3/99  W-L   IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO
    Ozias   0-1  5.1  6  5   3   4   7
    Stocks  1-0  5.2  3  3   2   8   1
    


    Hitting Streaks

                 Cur. Sea. Car.
    Barthemely    1    3    3
    Cash          2    8    8
    M. Diaz       3   14   15
    Futrell       0    5    5
    Griffin       1    7    7
    Groves        1    5   15
    Halliday      3    9    9
    Hart          2    4    4
    Huguet        0    0    0
    Jernigan      0    4   12
    Klosterman    1   20   20
    McDougall    32   32   32
    Scott         1    6    6
    Smith         1    4    4
    Spano         2    2    2
    

    Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games

                     Multi-Hit  Multi-RBI
                       Games      Games
    Ryan Barthelemy       4          4
    Kevin Cash           12         10
    Matt Diaz            22         18
    Michael Futrell       6          2
    John-Ford Griffin     5          3
    Brett Groves         10          2
    John Halliday        15         11
    Chris Hart            1          3
    J.C. Huguet           0          0
    Karl Jernigan         5          4
    Jeremiah Klosterman  12         14
    Marshall McDougall   22         12
    Sam Scott             9          5
    Chris Smith           5          3
    Bobby Spano           1          0
    

    Season Honors & Awards


    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 14-1 ACC record not only tops the league, but no other team in the
    conference has less than four ACC losses. FSU’s best-ever finish in
    conference play was 18-4 in 1998.

  • 2B Marshall McDougall extended his hitting streak to 32 games. The FSU
    record is 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 is batting .428 (59-for-138) during his 32-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 hits and runs,
    second in home runs and RBI, and third in batting average.

  • The ‘Noles are averaging 9.3 runs per game, batting a stellar .339 and
    have recorded a 2.73 ERA all while posting a 37-4 record, including 17
    games against Top 25 opponents. FSU is 14-3 against Top 25 teams, with
    losses coming to then-#7 Florida (two) and then-#13 Wichita State.

  • The FSU season record for batting average of .337 set in 1980 could be in
    jeopardy if the Seminole keep slugging. Their current batting average is
    .339. Currently, the ‘Noles average of 12.1 hits per game is the best in
    school history. The Tribe’s current ERA of 2.73 would rank seventh on the
    FSU season charts if the year ended today.

  • Kevin Cash is batting .375 (15-for-40) in his last ten games and has
    knocked in 12 runs during that time.



    Team Notes

  • Florida State has not been shutout for 197 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 12.1 hits per game and have out-hit opponents in 36 of
    41 games.

  • The Seminole pitching staff’s strikeout to walk ratio is 2.8 to 1.




    Poll After Poll After Poll


    The Florida State baseball program has been ranked in Collegiate Baseball
    for 166 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
    

    Noting FSU & Ranked 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 the career relief
    appearances with a scoreless inning against NC State. He now has 98 relief
    outings and is second in appearances with 102, getting the win as the
    starter against JU (4/14).


    Florida State Career Relief Appearances

    98  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
    102  Zach Diaz      1996-present
     90  Doug Little    1983-86
    

    Chavez Boasts Quite a “K”areer

    Senior righthander Chris Chavez is now fifth on the Top 10 Career Strikeout
    list after striking out three vs. Jacksonville. Chavez currently has 343
    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
    343  Chris Chavez       1996-present
    336  Larry Jones        1974-77
    

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