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No. 1 Seminoles Look To Extend Seven-Game Win Streak

Feb. 28, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, the No. 1 team in the country in all three polls for the
third straight week, improved to 13-2 with a pair of victories over Florida
on Saturday and Sunday. The two victories gave FSU the first four-game
series sweep of UF since 1993.

RHP Jon McDonald (4-0) had his best start of the season, going 6.2
innings without giving up a run on six hits against Florida on Saturday.
First baseman Ryan Barthelemy hit his sixth home run of the season in FSU’s
6-2 win. On Sunday, the Seminoles came back to win 8-7 with a pair of runs
in the bottom of the ninth. Second baseman Marshall McDougall, who had
gone hitless in his last nine at bats, ripped a two-RBI double to complete
the sweep of the Gators.

The Seminloles lost sophomore catcher Chris Hart for the season in
Sunday’s win over UF. Hart suffered a fractured tibia in his left leg
after a scoring FSU’s first run of the game on a play at the plate. Hart
was the scheduled starter heading into the season, but was slowed by an
injured hamstring through the early portion of the year. Blair McCaleb,
who has started 10 games this season, will take over full-time at catcher.


Left fielder Mike Futrell, who played catcher in high school, might also
get some work at the position.

The story of the 2000 season had been FSU’s production at the plate.
Seven everyday starters are hitting over .300 and the Tribe is batting .328
as a team. Seven Seminoles have at least two home runs.

RHP Blair Varnes (1-1) will start on Tuesday and RHP John Bentley will
get the start on Wednesday (1-0). Both picked up their first wins of the
season against Appalachian State one week ago.


Charleston Southern (9-6)
Charleston Southern travels to Tallahassee after taking two-of-three from
Marshall this weekend. The Buccaneers had won seven straight before losing
the Sunday game to Marshall. RHP Chad Humbert (1-2, 2.45 ERA) will start
Tuesday and RHP Robert Tyree (1-0, 1.00 ERA) is Wednesday’s scheduled
starter.


The Series
FSU leads the all-time series 13-0, dating back to 1988. Last year in
Tallahassee, FSU won a pair of mid-week games against CSU by scores of 12-2
and 7-2. All 13 games against Charleston Southern (formerly Baptist
College) have been played at Dick Howser Stadium. FSU has scored 10 or
more runs in nine of the 13 games.


Radio and TV
There will be no television coverage of the two-game series with Charleston
Southern. Both games will be carried live on Sports Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM).
Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time.
Broadcasts are also available via the internet at www.wnls.com.


Probable Starters

PosNoPlayerClB/T
C#32Blair McCalebSo.R/R.270, 6 Runs, 4 RBI
1B#27Ryan BarthelemyS0.L/R.315, 6 HR, 20 RBI
2B#31Marshall McDougallSr.R/R.313, 2 HR, 10 RBI
SS#1Brett GrovesJr.R/R.383, 2 HR, 15 RBI
3B#18Pichi BaletJr.R/R.286, 1 HR, 12 RBI
or#26Scott BoydJr.R/R.375, 2 2B, 6 RBI
OF#8Mike FutrellSo.R/R.380, 3 HR, 19 RBI
OF#9Karl JerniganJr.R/R.314, 4 HR, 12 RBI
OF#15Chris SmithSo.L/L.379, 3 HR, 11 RBI
OF/DH#39John-Ford GriffinSo.L/L.429, 2 HR, 15 RBI
RHP#21Blair VarnesSo.R/R1-1, 6.00 ERA, 15K
RHP#4John BentleyJr.R/R1-0, 3.68 ERA, 2K

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