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No. 4 Baseball Hosts Arizona State

February 3, 1999

No. 4 Florida State


No. 12 Arizona State

  • February 5 at 3:30 p.m.
  • February 6 at 2:00 p.m.
  • February 7 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Dick Howser Stadium
  • Tallahassee, FL

    The Seminoles: Florida State looks to avenge an 11-10 loss to Arizona State in last year’s College World Series in this weekend’s three-game series. * FSU is batting .339, has hit seven home runs while averaging 12.0 runs per game. * The Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.00 ERA and opponents are batting just .191 against FSU. * Pitchers Jon McDonald, Nick Stocks and Blair Varnes — FSU’s starting rotation — have each had “Tommy John” surgery during their careers. * The Seminoles boast three preseason Collegiate Baseball All-Americans — RHP Jon McDonald & RHP Nick Stocks (2nd Team) and RF Matt Diaz (3rd Team). * Baseball America tabbed CF Karl Jernigan as the Best Baserunner in the ACC, while Matt Diaz garnered Best Raw Power honors in the conference. * Baseball America chose the Tribe to finish at the top of the ACC, however league coaches voted Georgia Tech to win the conference with FSU finishing second. * The ‘Noles are ranked in the preseason Top 10 in every poll — BA – #4, CB – #9, BW – #5. * The Seminoles have just one senior, catcher Jeremiah Klosterman, and one returning junior, first baseman Kevin Cash, in their starting lineup. * Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the Seminoles skipper, collecting a 1,025-350-3 record over the past 20 years.

    On the Mound: RHP Jon McDonald will take the mound against Arizona State after striking nine batters in 6.0 IP vs. UNC Asheville. RHP Nick Stocks will start Saturday after holding UNCA to just three hits. LHP Blair Varnes will pitch against the Sun Devils on Sunday in his second collegiate appearance.

    Scouting the Opponent: Arizona State enters the series with an 11-0 record and have been playing baseball since Jan. 15th. The Sun Devils are batting .359 with a 1.34 ERA. ASU has hit just one home run, but allowed only one home run in the 11 games that they have been using wooden bats. Andrew Beinbrink leads ASU with a .512 average and 13 RBI, while Willie Bloomquist has driven in 16 runs with a .459 average. RHP Chad Pennington (2-0, 1.47 ERA) will take the mound on Friday and LHP Will Waldrip (3-0, 0.39 ERA) is Saturday’s starter. Sunday’s pitcher is TBA.

    Series Information: Florida State leads the series 15-6 since 1987. The Seminoles faced the Sun Devils three times last season and posted a 2-1 record. FSU defeated ASU 3-2 and 6-1 in Tempe, but fell to the Sun Devils 11-10 in the College World Series.

    Radio & TV: Sportsradio 1270 AM (WNLS). Play-by-play: Lee Bowen & Jim Crosby. You can also access the games live on the internet at www.wnls.com. Friday’s game will be televised live on Sunshine at 3:30 p.m. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff & Link Jarrett.

    Florida State Probable Starting Lineup

    Pos. No. Player              Yr. B/T ('99 Statistics)
    C   #25  Jeremiah Klosterman Sr. S/R (.250, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
    1B  #13  Kevin Cash          Jr. R/R (.167, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
    2B  #22  Sam Scott           Jr. L/R (.375, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    SS  # 1  Brett Groves        So. S/R (.273, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
    3B  #31  Marshall McDougall  Jr. R/R (.500, 2 HR, 8 RBI)
    LF  #15  Chris Smith         Fr. S/L (.091, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    CF  # 9  Karl Jernigan       So. S/R (.400, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
    RF  #32  Matt Diaz           So. R/R (.273, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
    DH  #33  John Halliday       Jr. L/L (.300, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    RHP #41 Jon McDonald So. (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 9 K) RHP #30 Nick Stocks So. (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 5 K) LHP #21 Blair Varnes Fr. (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 4 K)

    Head Coach Mike Martin

    Career/FSU Record: 1,025-350-3 (20th year)

    ACC Record: 115-47 (8th year)

    Conference Championships: 13

    2 ACC (’95, ’97),11 Metro (’80, ’81, ’83-’91)

    NCAA Tournament Appearances 19

    College World Series Appearances 10

    50+ Win Seasons 17

    FSU Baseball by the Numbers


    Winning Seasons


    CWS Appearances


    NCAA Regional or District Appearances


    Consecutive Appearances in NCAA Regionals


    Conference Championships


    50-Win Seasons


    First-Round Draft Picks

    The Tommy John Rotation

    RHP Jon McDonald, RHP Nick Stocks and LHP Blair Varnes have more in common than the fact they are FSU’s starting pitchers. All three have undergone “Tommy John” surgery on their pitching elbow. Each of their operations were performed by Dr. Steve Jordan from the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic in Tallahassee. McDonald and Stocks underwent surgery in the fall of 1996 and each enjoyed Freshman All-American seasons last year. McDonald led FSU with 10 wins and 101 strikeouts while Stocks led the ACC with a 2.35 ERA. Varnes had the operation in the fall of 1997 and started his first collegiate game last Sunday.

    Gorilla Ball in Jeopardy??

    Due to some Pac-10 Conference insurance rules, Arizona State may have to use wooden bats this weekend. ASU has used wood in their first 11 games and the Sun Devils have belted just one home run. In contrast, Florida State has ripped seven home runs in just three games using aluminum bats. The Seminoles have agreed to play with wooden bats if the Pac-10 does not get its bat situation straightened out. It will be the first time FSU has used wood in a collegiate game during the Mike Martin era. The Seminoles used wooden bats against the New York Yankees in a 1985 exhibition.

    The Home Run Trend Continued…

    Florida State belted a total of 21 home runs in its last six games (four Regional games & two CWS games) of the 1998 season. The Seminoles opened their season with seven round-trippers in their first three games — a total of 28 HR in FSU’s last nine games played.

    New Faces in Last Year’s Draft

    Two freshmen in this year’s class were selected in last June’s Major League Draft.

    Chris Smith 11th Pittsburgh Pirates

    Chris Hart 46th Boston Red Sox

    Poll After Poll After Poll

    The Florida State baseball program has been ranked in Collegiate Baseball for 156 consecutive weeks, the most of any ACC school. The last time the Seminoles were not ranked in that publication was May 2, 1988.

    FSU in the Rankings

    Date       BA  CB  BW
    Preseason   4   9   5

    Diaz in Relief

    Senior left-hander Zach Diaz has led FSU in appearances for each of the last three seasons and has one appearance thus far this season. Diaz is second on the FSU all-time list for relief appearances with 84 and needs just eight more appearances to tie the FSU career record. He is also third in appearances with 87.

    Florida State Career Relief Appearances

    92 Ricky Kimball 1988-91
    84 Zach Diaz 1996-present
    75 Philip Olson 1993-95
    70 John Nedeau 1990-93

    Florida State Career Appearances

    113 Ricky Kimball 1988-91
    90 Doug Little 1983-86
    87 Zach Diaz 1996-present

    Chavez Boasts Quite a “K”areer

    Senior righthander has entered the company of several FSU greats on the Top 10 Career Strikeout list. Chavez currently has 287 strikouts and is 10th on the list.

    Florida State Career Strikeouts

    520 Richie Lewis        1985-87
    417 Mike Loynd          1983-86
    391 Jonathan Johnson    1993-95
    370 Doug Little         1983-86
    336 Larry Jones         1974-77
    311 Gene Amman          1968-70
    307 Ricky Kimball       1988-91
    299 Paul Wilson         1992-94
    289 Wayne Vincent       1966-68
    287 Chris Chavez        1996-present

    Florida State Starting Pitchers

    Game-by-Game Starts


    Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
    UNC Asheville W 6.0 2 0 0 0 9

    RHP Nick Stocks

    Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
    UNC Asheville W 6.0 3 2 1 2 5

    LHP Blair Varnes

    Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
    UNC Asheville W 6.0 4 1 1 0 4

    Playing with the Big Boys

    Florida State will face eight teams that are ranked in the preseason Top 25 polls and play a total of 24 games against those teams. The Seminoles’ first test is this weekend against Arizona State who is rated 12th by Baseball America and 15th by Baseball Weekly.

    FSU Opponents Preseason Rankings

                   BA  BW  CB
    Arizona State  12  15  NR
    Florida        10   8  14
    Wichita State   5   1   4
    North Carolina 16  25  23
    Wake Forest    17  23  21
    Clemson        15  16  20
    Miami           3   2   6
    Georgia Tech    9   7   2
    Last Home Runs for FSU
    Player      Opponent             Games Since
    Klosterman  UNC Asheville (1/31)   0
    Cash        UNC Asheville (1/30)   1
    Halliday    UNC Asheville (1/30)   1
    McDougall   UNC Asheville-2 (1/30) 1
    Jernigan    UNC Asheville (1/29)   2

    Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games

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

    Celebrating 20 Years of Success

    Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the head coach of the Seminoles fresh off his 10th College World Series appearance. Martin, who is one of four Florida State coaches with 20 or more years of service, has brought the Seminoles to an NCAA Regional in each of his last 19 years. Under Martin, Florida State has become a national power in collegiate baseball, finishing in the Baseball America’s Top 10 in nine of the last 10 seasons.

    A Look at the Martin Record

  • 19 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances
  • Has led FSU to the College World Series 10 times in 19 seasons,
    including nine times in the last 12 years.

  • Has won 14 conference championships, including two ACC
    Championships (’95 & ’97).

  • Ranks second nationally among active Division I baseball coaches
    with a .744 winning percentage.

  • Ranks ninth among NCAA All-Time Winningest Division I Coaches.
  • Has produced 10 first-round draft choices, including eight in the 1990s.
  • 1996 and 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year

    Florida State Miscellaneous Breakdown

    ACC                       0-0
    Non-Conference            3-0
    Vs. Ranked Teams          0-0
    Vs. Unranked Teams        3-0
    Home Games                3-0
    Road Games                0-0
    Day Games                 3-0
    Night Games               0-0
    Vs. Right-Hand Starters   3-0
    Vs. Left-Hand Starters    0-0
    One-Run Decisions         0-0
    Two-Run Decisions         0-0
    Extra Innings             0-0
    Shutouts                  0-0
    FSU Scores Firsts         3-0
    Opponent Scores First     0-0
    Led After Seven           3-0
    Trailed After Seven       0-0
    Tied After Seven          0-0
    Led After Eight           3-0
    Trailed After Eight       0-0
    Tied After Eight          0-0
    Out-Hit Opponents         3-0
    Out-Hit by Opponents      0-0
    January                   3-0
    February                  0-0
    March                     0-0
    April                     0-0
    May                       0-0
    Last 5 Games              3-0
    Last 10 Games             3-0
    Current Streak            W 3

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