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No. 1 Baseball Travels to Take on N.C. State

March 18, 1999



#1 Florida State at N.C. State

  • March 19 — 7:00 p.m.
  • March 20 & 21 — 1:00 p.m.
  • Dick Howser Stadium — Tallahassee, FL


    The Seminoles:

    Florida State (21-3, 3-0 ACC) travel to Raleigh for a three-game series with North Carolina State (20-3, 1-2 ACC). FSU has won seven straight games and has a consensus No. 1 ranking by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and Baseball Weekly.

    2B Marshall McDougall is riding a 15-game hitting streak in which he is batting .492 with 27 RBI.

    RF Matt Diaz earned ACC Player of the Week honors after batting .615 (8-for-13) with 4 HR and 8 RBI against Virginia last weekend. He has hit safely in 21 of 24 games this year.

    1B Kevin Cash is batting .440 (11-for-25) over the last seven games with three RBI.

    C Jeremiah Klosterman is riding a nine-game hitting streak and is batting .429 (12-for-28) during that span.

    FSU is batting .327, has hit 39 home runs while averaging 9.0 runs per game.

    The Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.69 ERA and opponents are batting just .216 against FSU. The staff is averaging 10.1 strikeouts per game. The weekend starting rotation of Jon McDonald, Nick Stocks and Blair Varnes gave up just one earned run in 24.1 IP against Virginia.

    FSU has allowed double-digit hits by opponents only four times this season.

    FSU fielders are averaging .964 and have posted 13 games with one or no errors.

    FSU has won 12 of its 24 games by a 5+ run margin and has held opponents to three runs or less in 14 of 24 games.

    Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the Seminoles skipper, collecting a 1,043-353-3 record over the past 20 years.


    Series Information:

    Florida State leads the series 21-11 since 1962. Mike Martin is 20-7 against the Wolfpack, and the Seminoles are 19-7 vs. NC State since joining the ACC in 1992. FSU played NC State just twice last season, including one game in the ACC Tournament, after rain shortened the regular season series. The Seminoles lost two of three games the last time they visited Raleigh in 1997.


    Scouting the Opponent:

    NC State enters the series with a 20-3 record and 1-2 ACC record. The Pack is ranked 22nd by the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Top 25 and 24th by Baseball America. NC State is led by 2B Brian Ward who is batting .388 with 7 HR and 30 RBI. RHP Rodney Ormond (3-0, 2.00 ERA) will take the mound on Friday, RHP Ryan Steadham (2-1, 4.03 ERA) is slated to pitch Saturday and RHP Dustin Baker (3-0, 5.54 ERA) is scheduled as Sunday’s starter.


    Radio:

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


    Television:

    Saturday, March 20th. Live on Sunshine Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff and Link Jarrett.


    Probable Starting Lineup

    Pos.  No.  Player               Yr.  B/T  ('99 Statistics) 
    C    #25   Jeremiah Klosterman  Sr.  S/R  (.356, 2 HR, 18 RBI) 
    1B   #13   Kevin Cash           Jr.  R/R  (.293, 6 HR, 16 RBI) 
    2B   #31   Marshall McDougall   Jr.  R/R  (.466, 9 HR, 40 RBI) 
    SS    #1   Brett Groves         So.  S/R  (.234, 0 HR, 11 RBI) 
    3B   #22   Sam Scott            Jr.  L/R  (.313, 3 HR, 13 RBI) 
    LF   #15   Chris Smith          Fr.  S/L  (.282, 1 HR, 10 RBI)   
    or    #8   Mike Futrell         Fr.  R/R  (.325, 1 HR, 5 RBI) 
    CF    #9   Karl Jernigan        So.  S/R  (.224, 2 HR, 12 RBI) 
    RF   #32   Matt Diaz            So.  R/R  (.440, 9 HR, 31 RBI) 
    DH   #33   John Halliday        Jr.  L/L  (.270, 6 HR, 27 RBI) 
    

    RHP #41 Jon McDonald So. (3-1, 2.58 ERA, 38.1 IP, 48 K) RHP #30 Nick Stocks So. (6-0, 2.58 ERA, 45.1 IP, 53 K) RHP #21 Blair Varnes Fr. (5-0, 1.98 ERA, 41.0 IP, 34 K)

    Who’s Hot…

  • Kevin Cash has hit safely in 10 of the last 12 games and is batting .378 (17-for-45) with eight RBI and 11 runs during that span. He is batting .440 (11-for-25) during the last seven games and is riding a four-game hitting streak.

  • Matt Diaz is batting .409 (9-for-22) in the last five games with four HR and eight RBI, but broke his six-game hitting streak against The Citadel on 3/17. Diaz has been a clutch hitter, batting .514 with RBI opportunities and .475 with runners on base.

  • Marshall McDougall leads FSU with 16 multi-hit games and 40 RBI. He is riding a 15-game hitting streak in which he is batting .492 (32-for-65). He has scored a run in every game but three this season. McDougall also leads FSU with 18 two-out RBI. He is batting .476 with RBI opportunies.

  • Mike Futrell is batting .333 (5-for-15) in his last six games.

  • John-Ford Griffin broke a seven-game hitting streak against Washington State. He batted .500 (7-for-14) with four doubles during the streak.

  • Jeremiah Klosterman is batting .429 (12-for-28) during his nine-game hitting streak.

  • Chris Smith is 7-for-21 (.333) over his last seven games with plate appearances.

  • Brett Groves is batting .227 (5-for-22) with four RBI in the last six games and has scored a run in seven straight.


    Who’s Not…

  • Sam Scott is just 3-for-30 (.100) in his last 11 games.

  • John Halliday is just 2-for-18 (.111) in his last four games and is batting .162 (6-for-37) over the last nine games.

  • Chris Hart is 0-for-8 in his last seven games.

  • Karl Jernigan is 4-for-23 (.174) in his last eight games (with plate appearances), but is hitless in six of those.

  • Bobby Spano is hitless in his last six AB.


    Team Notes

  • Believe it or not, FSU does not have a sacrifice bunt through 24 games.

    Florida State has not been shutout for 180 consecutive games since a 2-0 loss to Clemson on May 6, 1996. The Seminoles have posted 12 shutouts against opponents during that time.

  • FSU is averaging 11.5 hits per game and have out-hit opponents in 22 of 24 games.
  • The Seminole pitching staff’s strikeout to walk ratio is 2.8 to 1.



    On the Mound…

    Jon McDonald has held opponents to one or no unearned runs in five of his seven appearances and has eight or more strikeouts in four appearances.

    Nick Stocks has allowed no more than three runs or six hits in any outing this year. Stocks has allowed just one earned run in his last 15.1 IP. He also knows how to close an inning — opponents are batting just .089 against him with two outs.

    Blair Varnes has given up just four earned runs in his last five starts (28.2 IP). Varnes has allowed just two walks in 41.0 IP. His strikeout to walk ratio is 17 to 1.

    Mike DiBlasi has allowed only five hits in 11 relief appearances. He has struck out the side in four of his 11 appearances and given up just five walks. He is averaging 18.5 strikeouts per nine innings.


    Looking Down the Road…

    FSU’s team batting average of .327 would be the Seminoles best team batting average since 1986 (.325) if the season ended today.

    The pitching staff’s 10.1 strikeouts per game projects over 700 total strikeouts for the season (figured on a 70 game season). Only the 1986 pitching staff, which played 84 games, has totaled 700 K’s in a season (718) in FSU history.

    FSU is on pace to hit over 100 home runs as a team for just the fifth time in history. The 1997 team was the last to do it with 114, but J.D. Drew (31) and Jeremy Morris (25) combined for 56 of them.



    A Look at the Polls…

    (As of March 15, 1999)

                           BA  CB  BW
    Florida State           1   1   1
    Rice                    2   7   4
    North Carolina          3   5   8
    Auburn                  4   2   2
    Stanford                5   3   3
    Texas A&M               6  11  10
    Miami                   7   4   6
    Louisiana State         8   8   5
    Pepperdine              9   6   7
    Texas                  10   9   9
    Wichita State          11  17  16
    Georgia Tech           12  10  17
    Texas Tech             13  11  13
    Cal State Fullerton    14  14  11
    Long Beach State       15  22  24
    Florida                16  12  18
    Florida International  17  13  14
    Mississippi State      18  16  12
    Baylor                 19  21  19
    Arizona State          20  20  15
    Alabama                21  15  20
    Nevada                 22  28  NR
    Wake Forest            23  NR  NR
    NC State               24  19  22
    Louisville             25  24  NR
    Florida Atlantic       NR  23  21
    South Carolina         NR  25  25
    

    BA-Baseball America; CB-Collegiate Baseball; BW-ESPN/Baseball Weekly Coaches Poll

    FSU’s First 24 Game Comparision to 1998

                      1998      1999
    Record            17-7      20-3
    Batting Avg.      .306      .327
    ERA               2.84      2.69
    Home Runs           20        39
    Stolen Bases        37        28
    Errors              38        33
    Fielding %        .963      .966
    Runs P/G           8.5       9.0
    Strikeouts         173       242
    Walks              106        86
    


    Hitting Streaks

                  Current  Season  Career
    Barthemely       0        3       3
    Cash             4        4       8
    M. Diaz          0       14      15
    Futrell          0        3       3
    Griffin          0        7       7
    Groves           0        3      15
    Halliday         0        4       4
    Hart             0        4       2
    Jernigan         0        3      12
    Klosterman       9        9       9
    McDougall       15       15      15
    Scott            0        4       4
    Smith            3        3       3
    Spano            0        2       2
    

    Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games

                      Multi-Hit   Multi-RBI
                        Games       Games
    Ryan Barthelemy       1           2
    Kevin Cash            6           4
    Matt Diaz            11          10
    Michael Futrell       3           1
    John-Ford Griffin     1           0
    Brett Groves          6           1
    John Halliday         8           8
    Chris Hart            1           0
    J.C. Huguet           0           0
    Karl Jernigan         5           2
    Jeremiah Klosterman   8           7
    Marshall McDougall   16           8
    Sam Scott             7           4
    Chris Smith           5           2
    Bobby Spano           1           0
    

    Season Honors & Awards


    Matt Diaz: ACC Player of the Week (2/15, 3/15) — Hormel Foods Classic All-Tournament Team


    Jeremiah Klosterman: Hormel Foods Classic All-Tournament Team


    Marshall McDougall: ACC Player of the Week (2/22) — Hormel Foods Classic MVP — Easton Silver Stick Award (Highest batting avg. at the Hormel Classic)


    Nick Stocks: Hormel Foods Classic All-Tournament Team

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