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No. 4 Seminoles Host No. 1 Cardinal

Feb. 10, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, ranked No. 4 in the Baseball America Poll this week, won
two-of-three at No. 17 Arizona State over the weekend. The Seminoles
rallied to beat the Sun Devils 11-0 in Friday’s game after trailing 8-2
going into the eighth inning. Karl Jernigan and Mike Futrell led the
comeback with key home runs in the eighth and the ninth. After a Jernigan
triple, Blair McCaleb recorded the game-winning RBI with a single to right.

FSU gave up a 9-5 lead as ASU scored 10 unanswered runs to win Saturday’s
game going away. In the rubber game on Sunday, Brett Groves knocked in the
winning run as the Tribe won 9-7 in 10 innings.

Sophomore John-Ford Griffin leads the team with a .429 batting average with
Futrell following at .381. All-American second baseman Marshall McDougall
has upped his average to .346 after getting off to a slow start in the
first series of the year vs. Western Kentucky. FSU has shown surprising
power, despite losing several of its top power hitters from the 1999
roster. Seven Seminoles have homered so far this season and four players
have hit two round-trippers. FSU hit seven home runs in th three game
series in Tempe.

Junior RHP Jon McDonald (1-0, 3.27) leads a talented pitching staff and
will start on the mound Friday. FSU ranked third nationally in 1999 with a
team ERA of 3.18, but this year’s staff has given up 28 earned runs and has
a team ERA of 4.67 through six games. RHP Blair Varnes (0-1, 8.00 ERA), a
freshman All-American last season, opens as the No. 2 starter and RHP Mike
Ziegler (1-0, 3.00 ERA) completes the weekend rotation on Sunday.

#1 Stanford (5-1)
Stanford swept a three-game series with No. 2 Cal St. Fullerton over the
weekend, but suffered its first loss of the season Monday to Nevada. The
Cardinal return seven starters from last year’s CWS team and entered the
season as the consensus No. 1 team in the country. They also return eight
pitchers, including all three starters from 1999.

The Series
FSU leads the all-time series 4-1, which dates back to 1992. The Seminoles
won two of three from the Cardinal in last year’s CWS, including a dramatic
14-11 win in extra innings to advance to the national championship game.
FSU’s other two wins came in NCAA Regional play in 1992 and ’96.

Radio and TV
There will be no television coverge for the Stanford series. All three
games will be carried live on Sports Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen and
Jim Crosby begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Broadcasts are
also available via the internet at www.wnls.com.

Probable Starters

C#10Chris HartSo.R/R.167, 1 Run, 1 RBI
or#32Blair McCalebSo.R/R.308, 3 Runs, 2 RBI
1B#27Ryan BarthelemyS0.L/R.250, 2 HR, 6 RBI
2B#31Marshall McDougallSr.R/R.346, 4 2B, 7 Runs
SS#1Brett GrovesJr.R/R.333, 1 HR, 5 Runs
3B#18Pichi BaletJr.R/R.273, 1 HR, 5 RBI
OF#8Mike FutrellSo.R/R.381, 2 HR, 6 RBI
OF#9Karl JerniganJr.R/R.286, 2 HR, 8 RBI
OF#15Chris SmithSo.L/L.208, 2 HR, 4 RBI
OF/DH#39John-Ford GriffinSo.L/L.429, 1 HR, 6 RBI
RHP#41Jon McDonaldJr.R/R1-0, 3.27 ERA, 11K
RHP#21Blair VarnesSo.R/R0-1, 8.00 ERA, 8K
RHP#35Mike ZieglerJr.R/R1-0, 3.00 ERA, 11K

A Look at the Martin Record

  • 20 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances
  • Has led FSU to the College World Series 11 times in 20 seasons,
    including 10 trips in the last
    14 years

  • Has won 13 conference championships, including two ACC
    Championships (’95 & ’97)

  • Ranks second nationally among active Division I baseball coaches
    with a .748 winning percentage.

  • Ranks ninth among NCAA All-Time Winningest Division I Coaches
  • Has produced 11 first-round draft choices, including nine in the 1990s
  • 1996, 1998 and 1999 ACC Coach of the Year

FSU Baseball by the Numbers

  • 52 Winning Seasons
  • 17 CWS Appearances
  • 38 NCAA Regional or District Appearances
  • 23 Consecutive Appearances in NCAA Regionals
  • 15 Conference Championships
  • 19 50-Win Seasons
  • 14 First-Round Draft Picks

Poll After Poll After Poll
The Florida State baseball program has been ranked in Collegiate Baseball
for 174 consecutive weeks, the most of any ACC school. The last time the
Seminoles were not ranked in that publication was May 2, 1988.

‘Noles up to No. 4 in Baseball America Poll
Florida State jumped from preseason No. 7 to No. 4 this week in Baseball
America. FSU opened the season as the No. 5 team in the country in the USA
Today Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches’ Top 25 Poll and were ranked preaseason
No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball. The new polls are released on February 14th.

FSU in the Rankings

Feb. 74

The Stanford Rotation
FSU will face the same three starters they saw in last years’ CWS. RHP
Jason Young (1-0, 4.50 ERA, 7K) will start Friday and RHP Justin Wayne
(2-0, 1.46 ERA, 12K) is the scheduled starter for Saturday’s contest. RHP
Brian Sager (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4K) will start on Sunday.

Ranked Opponents on the 2000 Schedule
Florida State annually plays one of the toughest schedules in the nation
(the most difficult according to the RPI in 1999) and that will be no
different this season. FSU will play 28 games against teams ranked among
the Top 25 in this week’s Baseball America poll. The Tribe hosts No. 1
Stanford for three games this weekend, plays No. 7 Miami six times and No.
24 Florida four times. FSU will face No. 9 Georgia Tech, No. 19 Clemson,
No. 20 North Carolina and No. 25 Wake Forest for three games apiece. FSU
took two of three from No. 17 Arizona State.

Seminoles Picked First by ACC Coaches
The ACC’s nine head coaches selected Florida State as the preseason
favorite to win the conference championship in 2000. FSU totaled 79
points, including seven of the nine first place votes, with Georgia Tech
and Clemson checking in second and third. The Tribe set a conference
record with a 22-2 regular season mark in 1999. Here’s a look at the
coaches preseason poll:

Team (First Place Votes)Points
1. Florida State (7)79
2. Georgia Tech67
3. Clemson (1)66
4. Wake Forest (1)53
5. North Carolina48
6. NC State31
6. Virginia31
8. Maryland16
9. Duke14

Stanford Starters vs. FSU in 1999

RHP Justin Wayne beat FSU in the second round of the CWS, going 6.2
innings and giving up five runs, (four earned) while striking out four.
RHP Jon McDonald took the loss after giving up five earned runs in 4.1
innings of work.


RHP Brian Sager pitched five innings and gave up four earned runs to take
the loss for Stanford in game 12 of the CWS. RHP Nick Stocks did not
figure into the decision for FSU, going 4.2 innings and giving up six runs
(three earned). FSU LHP Zach Diaz received the win in 4.1 innings of
scoreless relief, giving up just one hit.


FSU won 14-11 in 13 innings to advance to the CWS title game with NIck
Stocks getting the win in relief. RHP Jason Young started for Stanford and
gave up nine runs in eight innings while FSU starter Jon McDonald went six
innings and gave up three earned runs.


Vs. Ranked Teams2-1
Vs. Unranked Teams3-0
Home Games3-0
Road Games2-1
Neutral Games0-0
Day Games4-1
Night Games1-0
Vs. Right-Hand Starters3-1
Vs. Left-Hand Starters2-0
One-Run Decisions2-0
Two-Run Decisions1-0
FSU Scores 5 or More Runs4-1
Opponent Scores Less Than 5 Runs3-0
Extra Innings0-0
Doubleheader Games2-0
FSU Scores Firsts2-1
Opponent Scores First3-0
Led After Seven4-0
Trailed After Seven1-1
Tied After Seven0-0
Led After Eight3-0
Trailed After Eight1-1
Tied After Eight1-0
Out-Hit Opponents2-0
Out-Hit by Opponents0-1
Last 5 Games4-1
Last 10 Games5-1
Current StreakW1

Hitting Streaks


Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games

Pichi Balet11
Ryan Barthelemy13
Scott Boyd00
Mike Futrell21
John-Ford Griffin41
Brett Groves21
Karl Jernigan22
Blair McCaleb00
Justin McClain00
Marshall McDougall31
Chris Smith01
Bobby Spano00
Clint Thigpen00

Florida State Starting Pitchers
(Game-by-Game Starts)


W. KentuckyW6.031115
at Arizona StateND5.075356

RHP Blair Varnes

W. KentuckyND5.051015
at Arizona StateL4.0910813

RHP Mike Ziegler

W. KentuckyW6.041116
at Arizona StateND6.074345

Last Home Runs for FSU

PlayerOpponentGames Since
GrovesArizona State (2/6)0
BarthelemyArizona State (2/6)0
JerniganArizona State (2/6)0
SmithArizona State (2/5)1
FutrellArizona State (2/4)2
BaletWestern Kentucky (1/30)3
GriffinWestern Kentucky (1/30)3

Grand Slams: Griffin (1/30)

McDougall & McDonald Receive Preseason Pub
Senior second baseman Marshall McDougall and junior righthanded pitcher Jon
McDonald were named first team Collegiate Baseball preseason All-Americans.
McDougall hit .419 with 28 home runs and 106 RBI as a consesus All-American
as a junior while McDonald went 9-3 with a 3.57 ERA and 123 strikeouts.
FSU’s No. 2 starter, RHP Blair Varnes, was recognized as a third team
preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Current Seminoles vs. Stanford in 1999
FSU played Stanford three times in last year’s College World Series.
Stanford won the first game 10-6 with FSU bouncing back to win 8-6 and
14-11 in the second and third games. Listed below are what current
Seminole players did in those three games against the Cardinal:

Position Players
Mike Futrell.000 (0-6)
Brett Groves.111 (1-9), 1 Run, 1 SB
Karl Jernigan.333 (2-6), 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 1 SB
Marshall McDougall.533 (8-15), 4 Runs, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR, 1 SB
Chris Smith.625 (5-8), 2 Runs,1 RBI, 1 2B
Bobby Spano.000 (0-2), 1 Run
Ryan Barthelemy.385 (5-13), 3 Runs, 2 RBI, 1 HR
John-Ford Griffin.500 (5-10), 5 Runs, 1 RBI, 2 2B, 1 SB
John Halliday.000 (0-3), 1 Run
Starting Pitchers
Jon McDonald 10.1 IP, 15 Hits, 11 Runs, 8 ER, 4 BB, 10K
Relief Pitchers
Mike DiBlasi0.2 IP, 3 Hits, 6 Runs, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1K
Chris Ginn 5.0 IP, 1 Hit, 2 Runs, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5K
Chris Whidden 1.0 IP, 1 Hit, 1 Run, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1K

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