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No. 1 Baseball travels to Jacksonville

April 13, 1999



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (36-4, 14-1 ACC) will travel to
Jacksonville (25-12) as the Seminoles play just their seventh road game of
the season. 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. The Seminoles 21-game winning streak was snapped Saturday
against Clemson, one short of the school record of 22 games held by the
1991 and 1996 teams. 2B Marshall McDougall is riding a 31-game hitting
streak in which he is batting .418 (56-for-134) with 41 RBI. RF Matt
Diaz has hit safely in 35 of 40 games this year and leads the team with 13
home runs. LHP Zach Diaz will make his first start since 1997 against
Jacksonville. It will be the fifth start and the 102nd appearance of his
career. CF Karl Jernigan saw action over the weekend in the Clemson
series as a pinch runner due to a fractured right fifth finger. He will be
available as a pinch runner against JU and is expected to be able to bat
and field this weekend against Miami. FSU is batting .335, has hit 56
home runs while averaging 8.9 runs per game. The Seminole pitching staff
has posted a 2.76 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 number, FSU pitchers have recorded just one shutout
this season (4/9 vs. Clemson) The FSU defense boasts a .962 fielding
average and has posted 21 games with one or no errors. FSU has won 20 of
its 40 games by a 5+ run margin and has held opponents to three runs or
less in 22 of 40 games. Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season as
the Seminoles skipper, collecting a 1,058-354-3 record over the past 20
years.


Series Information: The Seminoles lead 82-29 in a series that began
in 1964. FSU defeated Jacksonville in Tallahassee 8-6 last week on April
7th with Chris Chavez getting the win in relief.


Scouting the Opponent: The Dolphins (25-12) are in the middle of a
five-game slide, losing their last five games by a total of only six runs.
OF Kirk Asche leads the way for JU at the plate, boasting a .406 batting
average with 10 home runs. RHP Joel Hegeman (1-0, 4.61 ERA) will get the
start for Jacksonville on the mound. As a team, the Dolphins are hitting
at a .312 clip and their pitching staff owns a 4.12 ERA.


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 (.357, 4 HR, 34 RBI)
1B   #33  John Halliday        Jr. L/L (.333, 7 HR, 39 RBI)
2B   #31  Marshall McDougall   Jr. R/R (.419, 12 HR, 54 RBI)
SS    #1  Brett Groves         So. R/R (.263, 0 HR, 17 RBI)
3B   #13  Kevin Cash           Jr. R/R (.313, 6 HR, 28 RBI)
CF   #15  Chris Smith          Fr. S/L (.250, 1 HR, 14 RBI)
LF   #39  John-Ford Griffin    Fr. L/L (.463, 1 HR, 12 RBI)
or    #8  Mike Futrell         Fr. R/R (.365, 2 HR, 10 RBI)
RF   #32  Matt Diaz            So. R/R (.427, 13 HR, 57 RBI)
DH   #22  Sam Scott            Jr. L/R (.304, 5 HR, 21 RBI)
LHP  #26  Zach Diaz            Sr.     (1-0, 1.71 ERA, 18K, 21.0 IP)
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