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No. 2 FSU Hosts No. 6 Ga. Tech In Battle Of ACC Leaders

April 20, 2000


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 21-23
Dick Howser Stadium (5,000)


#2 FLORIDA STATE (37-7, 9-3 ACC)

* After nine weeks at No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, FSU
dropped to No. 2 after losing two-of-three at Miami over the weekend. The
Seminoles are also ranked No. 2 in Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.

* Georgia Tech leads the ACC with a 13-2 mark with FSU (9-3), Clemson (8-4)
and Wake Forest (12-6) also in the hunt. Five ACC teams are ranked among
the Top 15 in all three of the major polls.

* After losing six of seven to Miami in 1999, FSU took the series (4-2) for
the first time since 1995 with a 14-3 victory over the Hurricanes last
Sunday.

* Senior Marshall McDougall has risen to the occasion against ranked
opponents this season. McDougall is hitting .446 (29-for-65) in those 14
games with five home runs, 18 RBI and 24 runs scored. He also has five
doubles, one triple, eight walks and is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

* FSU is the only team to rank among the nation’s top ten in batting (7th –
.341), pitching (5th – 3.15) and scoring (6th – 9.5).

* Chris Smith, a recent Team USA invitee, leads the team with 11 home runs
and is second in batting (.404) to John-Ford Griffin (.459). 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.

* The pitching rotation has been changed for this weekend’s series with
Georgia Tech with Jon McDonald moving from Friday to Sunday, Mike Ziegler
moving from Saturday to Friday and Blair Varnes going from Sunday to
Saturday.


#6 GEORGIA TECH (33-8, 13-2 ACC)

Georgia Tech has won 15 straight (longest since 1992) after beating Ga.
Southern on Tues. and Wed. 3B Mark Teixeira (.471, 13 HR, 55 RBI) and 2B
Richard Lewis (.485, 41 RBI) are the offensive leaders. Pitching rotation:
Friday – LHP Cory Vance (8-1, 2.44 ERA), Saturday – RHP Rhett Parrott (5-2,
3.64 ERA) & Sunday – RHP Steve Kelly (6-1, 4.12 ERA).


SERIES INFORMATION

FSU leads the all-time series 45-18, dating back to 1959. The Seminoles
are 17-9 versus the Yellow Jackets since joining the ACC in 1992. FSU has
not a lost a series to Ga. Tech since 1995 and is 10-3 against the Yellow
Jackets over the last four years. Last year, FSU won two-of-three in
Atlanta and beat Ga. Tech once in the ACC Tournament.


RADIO AND TELEVISION

Sunshine Network will carry Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. game and 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 #8 Mike Futrell So. R/R .296, 3 HR, 37 RBI
or #32 Blair McCaleb So. R/R .288, 2 HR, 20 RBI
1B #27 Ryan Barthelemy So. L/R .321, 9 HR, 56 RBI
2B #2 Bobby Spano So. S/R .200, 20 Runs, 8 RBI
SS #1 Brett Groves Jr. R/R .354, 3 HR, 47 Runs
3B #31 Marshall McDougall Sr. R/R .358, 9 HR, 57 Runs
CF #9 Karl Jernigan Jr. R/R .363, 4 HR, 43 Runs
RF #15 Chris Smith So. L/L .404, 11 HR, 50 RBI
LF #39 John-Ford Griffin So. L/L .459, 5 HR, 38 RBI
DH #33 John Halliday Sr. L/L .205, 3 HR, 9 RBI
or #18 Pichi Balet Jr. R/R .320, 6 HR, 35 RBI

RHP #35 Mike Ziegler Jr. 7-2, 3.11 ERA, 94K
RHP #41 Blair Varnes So. 7-1, 3.25 ERA, 48K
RHP #41 Jon McDonald Jr. 8-2, 4.35 ERA, 57K

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