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No. 2 FSU Baseball Completes Home Schedule This Weekend

April 28, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles remained No. 2 in all three major polls after winning two
of three from then-No. 6 Georgia Tech last weekend. FSU has been No. 1 in
the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for a total of nine weeks (of a possible
11) since the season began.

This will be the final regular season home series for four Seminole
seniors (Mike DiBlasi, John Halliday, Marshall McDougall and Cory Posey).
DiBlasi is the only four-year letterman of the group.

Mike Ziegler was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by
Collegiate Baseball for his performance against Georgia Tech. The junior
right-hander recorded the first shutout of the season by an FSU pitcher in
last Friday’s 6-0 win. Ziegler improved to 8-2 on the year, allowing four
hits, striking out seven and walking one.

Georgia Tech leads the ACC with a 14-4 mark with FSU (11-4) and Clemson
(11-4) tied for second. Five ACC teams are ranked among the Top 20 in all
three of the major polls.

In this week’s NCAA stats, FSU is the only team to rank among the top 15
in batting (12th – .334), ERA (5th – 3.14) and scoring (9th – 9.17).

FSU enters the weekend series with a 2000 home record of 28-2. Including
regional games at Dick Howser Stadium, that is the best home mark since the
1991 Seminoles finished the year 39-2 at home.

Chris Smith, a recent Team USA Trials invitee, leads the team with 11
home runs and is second in batting (.400) to John-Ford Griffin (.440).
McDougall and Ryan Barthelemy are two back of Smith with nine homers
apiece. McDougall leads the team in runs scored (57) and Barthelemy (56)
is the RBI leader.


NC STATE (26-22, 8-10 ACC)
NC State is 26-22 on the season after losing 4-3 to Coastal Carolina on
Tuesday and defeating UNC-Wilmington 10-2 on Wednesday. DH Mike Prochaska
(.376) and LF Brian Wright (.371, 10 HR) lead the Wolfpack offensively.
Pitching rotation: RHP Daniel Caldwell (1-1, 6.31 ERA), LHP Dan D’Amato
(5-5, 4.48 ERA), RHP Ryan Combs (5-4, 4.07 ERA).


Series Information
FSU leads the all-time series 25-10, dating back to 1962. The Seminoles
have won six straight over the Wolfpack and are 22-7 since joining the ACC
in 1992. FSU won three games in Raleigh last year by scores of 14-4, 2-1
and 13-1. The two teams played once in the regular season in 1998 with the
Tribe winning a 9-0 game.


RADIO AND TELEVISION
Sunshine Network will carry Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. game with Gene Deckerhoff
(play-by-play) and Link Jarrett (color) handling the commentary. All three
games will be carried live on Sports Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen
(play-by-play) and Jim Crosby (color) begin coverage 15 minutes prior to
game time. Broadcasts are also available via the internet at www.wnls.com.


PROBABLE STARTERS

Pos No Player Yr B/T
C #32 Blair McCaleb So. R/R .288, 3 HR, 24 RBI
1B #27 Ryan Barthelemy So. L/R .311, 9 HR, 56 RBI
2B #2 Bobby Spano So. S/R .177, 21 Runs, 8 RBI
SS #1 Brett Groves Jr. R/R .348, 3 HR, 49 Runs
3B #31 Marshall McDougall Sr. R/R .347, 9 HR, 57 Runs
CF #9 Karl Jernigan Jr. R/R .357, 4 HR, 44 Runs
RF #15 Chris Smith So. L/L .400, 11 HR, 51 RBI
LF/DH #39 John-Ford Griffin So. L/L .440, 5 HR, 39 RBI
LF/C #8 Mike Futrell So. R/R .304, 4 HR, 39 RBI
DH #33 John Halliday Sr. L/L .174, 3 HR, 9 RBI
or #18 Pichi Balet Jr. R/R .324, 6 HR, 35 RBI
?
RHP #35 Mike Ziegler Jr. 8-2, 2.77 ERA, 101K
RHP #21 Blair Varnes So. 7-2, 3.49 ERA, 51K
RHP #41 Jon McDonald Jr. 9-2, 4.36 ERA, 60K

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