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No. 4 Baseball to Face Troy State

February 7, 1999

The Seminoles: Florida State enters the series with Troy State fresh off a three-game sweep of No.12 Arizona State. * 3B Marshall McDougall leads all starters with a .545 average and 9 RBI. He is also riding a 5-game hitting streak. * FSU is batting .348, has hit 10 home runs while averaging 9.67 runs per game. * The Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.50 ERA and opponents are batting just .202 against FSU. The staff is averaging 10.2 strikeouts per game. * FSU relievers gave up just one run in 9.2 IP against Arizona State last weekend. * FSU fielders are averaging an impressive .970 and have posted four games with one or no errors. * 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 1,028-350-3 record over the past 20 years.


#4 Florida State vs. Troy State

  • February 12 3:30
  • February 13 2:00
  • February 14 2:00
  • Dick Howser Stadium
  • Tallahassee, FL

    LAST WEEK:

    FEB. 5  Arizona State W,  4-1
    FEB. 6  Arizona State W, 11-4
    FEB. 7  Arizona State W,  7-5
    

    On the Mound: RHP Jon McDonald will take the mound against Troy State after striking a total of 20 batters in his last two starts. RHP Nick Stocks will start Saturday and RHP Blair Varnes will pitch against the Trojans on Sunday. None of the three starters earned a decision against Arizona State last weekend.

    Scouting the Opponent: Troy State opens its season on Tuesday, Feb. 9th. The Trojans will be led by 1B Jorge Soto (.292, 23 HR, 68 RBI) and LF Ricky Rowe (.330, 9 HR, 51 RBI). Pitchers will be announced later in the week.

    Series Information: Florida State leads the series 11-2 since 1948. FSU defeated the Trojans in the 1995 NCAA Regional, 18-3, the last meeting between the two teams. The Seminoles played Troy State in their inaugural season of 1948. The two teams split with TSU winning the first, 3-2, and the Tribe winning the second, 6-5.

    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.

    Florida State Probable Starting Lineup

    Pos.  No.  Player               Yr.  B/T ('99 Statistics)
     C   #25   Jeremiah Klosterman  Sr.  S/R (.300, 1 HR, 8 RBI)
    1B   #13   Kevin Cash           Jr.  R/R (.235, 2 HR, 6 RBI)
    2B   #22   Sam Scott            Jr.  L/R (.462, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
    SS    #1   Brett Groves         So.  S/R (.286, 0 HR, 4 RBI)
    3B   #31   Marshall McDougall   Jr.  R/R (.545, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
    LF   #15   Chris Smith          Fr.  S/L (.063, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    or    #8   Mike Futrell         Fr.  R/R (.400, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
    CF    #9   Karl Jernigan        So.  S/R (.350, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
    RF   #32   Matt Diaz            So.  R/R (.375, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
    DH   #33   John Halliday        Jr.  L/L (.250, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
    

    RHP #41 Jon McDonald So. (1-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 20 K) RHP #30 Nick Stocks So. (1-0, 3.38 ERA, 10.2 IP, 10 K) RHP #21 Blair Varnes Fr. (1-0, 3.65 ERA, 12.1 IP, 8 K)

    Quick Hits…

  • Matt Diaz and Mike Futrell lead all starters with a .667 average with RBI opportunities.
  • Marshall McDougall leads FSU with five two-out RBIs while Barthemely, Diaz and Scott each have two. McDougall also leads FSU with a .429 while batting with two outs.
  • Jon McDonald is averaging 14.6 strikouts per nine innings. * The Seminoles are riding a 10-game home winning streak since last year’s NCAA Regional.
  • Mike DiBlasi has yet to allow a hit in three relief appearances and earned two saves against Arizona State.
  • FSU newcomers (freshmen and JC transfers) are batting a collective .390 in their first six games. They have contributed 24 of FSU’s 53 RBIs this season.
  • FSU relievers allowed just one run in 9.2 innings pit ched against Arizona State last week. Chris Ginn, Chris Chavez and Chris Whidden (the three Chris’) each picked up wins in relief against the Sun Devils. * Florida State has not been shutout for 162 consecutive games since a 2-0 loss to Clemson on May 6, 1996. The Seminoles have posted 12 shutouts against opponents during that time.
  • Florida State pitchers have given up just two home runs, and did not surrender a round-tripper to Arizona State. In fact, the Sun Devils collected just two extra-base hits — two doubles.

    Head Coach Mike Martin

    Career/FSU Record:        1,028-350-3 (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

  • 51 Winning Seasons
  • 16 CWS Appearances
  • 36 NCAA Regional or District Appearances
  • 21 Consecutive Appearances in NCAA Regionals
  • 15 Conference Championships
  • 17 50-Win Seasons
  • 13 First-Round Draft Picks

    The Tommy John Rotation

    RHP Jon McDonald, RHP Nick Stocks and RHP 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 during the opening weekend.

    Using the Wood

    Due to some Pac-10 Conference insurance rules, Arizona State and Florida State used wooden bats in the first game of last weekend’s series. FSU and ASU combined for just 11 hits (FSU 7, ASU 4) which were all singles. ASU had used wood in their first 11 games and belted just one home run. It was 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 Pac-10, ACC and Louisville Slugger came to an agreement and aluminum bats were used for the remainder of the series.

    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 and ripped three more against Arizona State — a total of 31 in the last 12 games. The ‘Noles have hit a home run in every game but one this season.

    Please Note…

    Due to some changes with the television schedule, the Clemson game on Sun., Apr. 11th will be at 1:00 p.m.

    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 157 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
    Feb. 8
    

    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

    With seven strikeouts against Arizona State, senior righthander Chris Chavez moved up to 9th on the Top 10 Career Strikeout list. Chavez currently has 294 strikeouts.

    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
    294  Chris Chavez      1996-present
    


    Head Coach Mike Martin

    Career/FSU Record:         1,028-350-3 (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

  • 51 Winning Seasons
  • 16 CWS Appearances
  • 36 NCAA Regional or District Appearances * 21 Consecutive Appearances in NCAA Regionals * 15 Conference Championships
  • 17 50-Win Seasons
  • 13 First-Round Draft Picks

    Florida State Starting Pitchers

    Game-by-Game Starts

    RHP JON McDONALD

    Opponent         Result  IP  H  R ER BB SO
    UNC Asheville      W    6.0  2  0  0  0  9
    Arizona State     ND    6.1  4  1  1  5 11
    

    RHP Nick Stocks


    Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
    UNC Asheville W 6.0 3 2 1 2 5
    Arizona State ND 4.1 5 3 3 4 5

    RHP Blair Varnes

    Opponent         Result  IP  H  R ER BB SO
    UNC Asheville      W    6.0  4  1  1  0  4
    Arizona State     ND    6.1  7  5  4  1  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 is 3-0 vs. ranked opponents after last weekend.

    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
    Cash         Arizona State    (2/7)   0
    Scott        Arizona State    (2/7)   0
    M. Diaz      Arizona State    (2/6)   1
    Klosterman   UNC Asheville   (1/31)   3
    Halliday     UNC Asheville   (1/30)   4
    McDougall    UNC Asheville-2 (1/30)   4
    Jernigan     UNC Asheville   (1/29)   5
    

    Grand Slams: McDougall 1 (last 1/30).

    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           6-0
    Vs. Ranked Teams         3-0
    Vs. Unranked Teams       3-0
    Home Games               6-0
    Road Games               0-0
    Day Games                6-0
    Night Games              0-0
    Vs. Right-Hand Starters  4-0
    Vs. Left-Hand Starters   2-0
    One-Run Decisions        0-0
    Two-Run Decisions        1-0
    Extra Innings            0-0
    Shutouts                 0-0
    FSU Scores Firsts        4-0
    Opponent Scores First    2-0
    Led After Seven          5-0
    Trailed After Seven      0-0
    Tied After Seven         1-0
    Led After Eight          6-0
    Trailed After Eight      0-0
    Tied After Eight         0-0
    Out-Hit Opponents        6-0
    Out-Hit by Opponents     0-0
    January                  3-0
    February                 3-0
    March                    0-0
    April                    0-0
    May                      0-0
    Last 5 Games             5-0
    Last 10 Games            6-0
    Current Streak           W6
    

    Hitting Streaks

               Current Season Career
    McDougall    5       5      5
    M. Diaz      3       3     15
    Barthemely   3       3      3
    Cash         2       2      8
    Jernigan     2       3     12
    Klosterman   2       2      7
    Scott        2       2      2
    Hart         2       2      2
    Groves       1       3     15
    Futrell      1       1      1
    Spano        0       2      2
    Halliday     0       4      4
    

    Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games

                      Multi-Hit  Multi-RBI
                        Games      Games
    Ryan Barthelemy       0          1
    Kevin Cash            1          1
    Matt Diaz             2          2
    Michael Futrell       1          0
    John-Ford Griffin     0          0
    Brett Groves          2          1
    John Halliday         1          0
    Chris Hart            1          0
    J.C. Huguet           0          0
    Karl Jernigan         2          1
    Jeremiah Klosterman   2          3
    Marshall McDougall    4          1
    Sam Scott             2          1
    Chris Smith           0          0
    Bobby Spano           1          0
    

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