March 15, 1999
March 16 6:00 p.m.
March 17 3:30 p.m.
Dick Howser Stadium Tallahassee, FL
The Seminoles: Florida State enters the two-game series with The Citadel
with a 19-3 record. FSU has won five straight games and possesses a No.
1 ranking by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and Baseball Weekly.
2B Marshall McDougall is riding a 13-game hitting streak in which he is
batting .491 with 20 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 20 of 22 games this year. 1B Kevin
Cash is batting .471 (8-for-17) over the last five games with three RBI.
C Jeremiah Klosterman is riding a seven-game hitting streak and is
batting .375 (9-for-24) during that span. FSU is batting .330, has hit
36 home runs while averaging 9.0 runs per game. The Seminole pitching
staff has posted a 2.53 ERA and opponents are batting just .208 against
FSU. The staff is averaging 10.3 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. FSU has allowed double-digit hits by
opponents only three times this season. FSU fielders are averaging .966
and have posted 13 games with one or no errors. FSU has won 12 of its 22
games by a 5+ run margin and has held opponents to three runs or less in 14
of 22 games. Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the
Seminoles skipper, collecting a 1,041-353-3 record over the past 20 years.
Series Information: Florida State leads the series 2-0 after playing the
Bulldogs for the first time last year. FSU defeated The Citadel, 9-4 and
15-5, at the end of February last season.
Scouting the Opponent: The Citadel enters the series with a 9-7 record and
won three straight against Virginia Military last weekend. 2B Tavy Smalls
leads the Bulldogs with a .364 average and 10 RBI, while 1B Philip Hartig
has a .260 batting average and 16 RBI. RHP Ron Colvard (0-1, 8.18 ERA)
will pitch Tuesday’s game, while LHP T.W. Mincay (0-0, 3.86 ERA) is slated
to start on Wednesday.
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 (.333, 2 HR, 16 RBI) 1B #13 Kevin Cash Jr. R/R (.284, 6 HR, 16 RBI) 2B #31 Marshall McDougall Jr. R/R (.462, 7 HR, 33 RBI) SS #1 Brett Groves So. S/R (.243, 0 HR, 10 RBI) 3B #22 Sam Scott Jr. L/R (.317, 3 HR, 13 RBI) LF #15 Chris Smith Fr. S/L (.279, 1 HR, 9 RBI) #8 Mike Futrell Fr. R/R (.324, 1 HR, 5 RBI) CF #9 Karl Jernigan So. S/R (.233, 2 HR, 12 RBI) RF #32 Matt Diaz So. R/R (.476, 9 HR, 31 RBI) DH #33 John Halliday Jr. L/L (.278, 5 HR, 24 RBI) LHP #23 Mike Smalley So. (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 2 K, 6.0 IP) RHP #15 Chris Smith Fr. (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 3 K, 3.0 IP)
Kevin Cash has hit safely in eight of the last 10 games and is batting
.378 (14-for-37) with eight RBI and nine runs during that span. He is
batting .471 (8-for-17) during the last five games.
Matt Diaz batted .615 (8-for-13) in three games against Virginia with
four HR and eight RBI. Diaz has been a clutch hitter, batting .559 with
RBI opportunities and .509 with runners on base.
Marshall McDougall leads FSU with 14 multi-hit games and 3 RBI. He is
riding a 13-game hitting streak in which he is batting .491 (27-for-55).
He has scored a run in every game but three this season. McDougall also
leads FSU with 16 two-out RBI. He is batting .474 with RBI opportunies.
Mike Futrell is batting .333 (3-for-9) in his last four 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 .375 (9-for-24) during his seven-game
Chris Smith is 6-for-18 (.333) over his last six games.
Brett Groves is batting .267 (4-for-15) with three RBI in the last four
games and has scored a run in five straight.
Sam Scott is just 2-for-26 (.077) in his last nine games.
John Halliday is just 0-for-8 in his last two games and is batting .148
(4-for-27) over the last seven games.
Chris Hart is 0-for-6 in his last six games.
Karl Jernigan is 4-for-20 (.200) in his last seven games, but is hitless
in five of those.
Bobby Spano is hitless in his last six AB.
Believe it or not, FSU does not have a sacrifice bunt through 22 games.
Florida State has not been shutout for 178 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 11.7 hits per game and have out-hit opponents in 20 of
The Seminole pitching staff’s strikeout to walk ratio is 2.9 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 four hits in 10 relief appearances. He has
struck out the side in four of his 10 appearances and given up just three
walks. He is averaging 19.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
Looking Down the Road…
FSU’s team batting average of .330 would be the Seminoles best team
batting average since 1986 (.325) if the season ended today.
The pitching staff’s 10.3 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.