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No. 4 FSU Baseball Opens Postseason Play Wednesday

May 17, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles stayed No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll after
winning two of three from #12 North Carolina last week. FSU is ranked #8
in Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

The Tribe won a 6-2, 13 inning contest at UNC before losing Saturday’s
game 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth. Jon McDonald won his 10th game of the
season on Sunday as FSU took a 4-2 victory in the rubber match.

Junior RHP Mike Ziegler was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for the third
time this season, following his performance on Friday vs. the Tar Heels.
Ziegler worked 8.2 innings, his second-longest outing of the season, and
gave up two earned runs. He allowed five hits and had nine strike outs to
increase his ACC-leading total to 120.

FSU has faced a difficult schedule this season, with a total of 28 games
(of 56) against teams currently ranked in this weeks Collegiate Baseball
Poll. The Seminoles took two of three from #2 Stanford, #3 Georgia Tech and
#4 Arizona State. In addition, the Tribe won 4 of 6 from Miami and swept a
four game series with Florida.

Marshall McDougall has used a late season charge to tie Chris Smith for
the team home run lead at 11. Smith, a recent Team USA Trials invitee, is
second in batting (.391) to John-Ford Griffin (.415). McDougall leads the
team lead in runs scored (70) with Smith second at 64. Ryan Barthelemy is
leads the squad with 60 RBI.

The FSU pitching staff leads the ACC and ranks third in the country with
an ERA of 3.24. No FSU pitcher has an ERA over 4.30.


FSU IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT:
FSU is the winningest ACC team in tournament play with a 69.8 winning
percentage (30-13). FSU won ACC Tournament titles in 1995 and 1997, and has
advanced to the finals a total of five times in eight years. Last year, the
Seminoles went 2-2 in Durham.


ACC STANDINGS:
Georgia Tech won the regular season title and secured the No.1 seed in the
tournament with an 18-6 league record. Clemson followed at No. 2 (17-7)
with Florida State third at 15-9 in the ACC. Last season, the Seminoles set
a new conference record as they finished 22-2 in conference play. If
Florida State defeats NC State Wednesday, they will face the winner of the
Clemson/Virginia game at 8:30pm on Thursday.


PROBABLE STARTERS:

Pos No Player Yr B/T
C #32 Blair McCaleb So. R/R .261, 3 HR, 29 RBI
1B #27 Ryan Barthelemy So. L/R .326, 9 HR, 60 RBI
2B #2 Bobby Spano So. S/R .179, 24 Runs, 9 RBI
SS #1 Brett Groves Jr. R/R .339, 3 HR, 53 Runs
3B/2B #31 Marshall McDougall Sr. R/R .352, 11 HR, 70 Runs
3B #18 Pichi Balet Jr. R/R .299, 6 HR, 36 RBI
CF #9 Karl Jernigan Jr. R/R .345, 5 HR, 48 Runs
RF #15 Chris Smith So. L/L .391, 11 HR, 53 RBI
LF #39 John-Ford Griffin So. L/L .415, 6 HR, 45 RBI
DH #8 Mike Futrell So. R/R .295, 4 HR, 39 RBI
or #33 John Halliday Sr. L/L .167, 3 HR, 12 RBI
RHP #35 Mike Ziegler Jr. 8-3, 3.04 ERA, 120K
RHP #21 Blair Varnes So. 8-2, 3.81 ERA, 63K
RHP #41 Jon McDonald Jr. 10-3, 4.30 ERA, 70K


RADIO AND TELEVISION:
Sunday’s championship game will be televised live by Sunshine Network in
Florida and also by Fox Sports South. All games will be carried live on
Sports Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen will begin coverage 15 minutes
prior to game time. Broadcasts are also available via the internet at
www.wnls.com.

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