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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

Pos No Player Cl B/T
C #10 Chris Hart So. R/R .167, 1 Run, 1 RBI
or #32 Blair McCaleb So. R/R .308, 3 Runs, 2 RBI
1B #27 Ryan Barthelemy S0. L/R .250, 2 HR, 6 RBI
2B #31 Marshall McDougall Sr. R/R .346, 4 2B, 7 Runs
SS #1 Brett Groves Jr. R/R .333, 1 HR, 5 Runs
3B #18 Pichi Balet Jr. R/R .273, 1 HR, 5 RBI
OF #8 Mike Futrell So. R/R .381, 2 HR, 6 RBI
OF #9 Karl Jernigan Jr. R/R .286, 2 HR, 8 RBI
OF #15 Chris Smith So. L/L .208, 2 HR, 4 RBI
OF/DH #39 John-Ford Griffin So. L/L .429, 1 HR, 6 RBI
RHP #41 Jon McDonald Jr. R/R 1-0, 3.27 ERA, 11K
RHP #21 Blair Varnes So. R/R 0-1, 8.00 ERA, 8K
RHP #35 Mike Ziegler Jr. R/R 1-0, 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

Date BA CB BW
Preseason 7 6 5
Feb. 7 4


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 Tech 67
3. Clemson (1) 66
4. Wake Forest (1) 53
5. North Carolina 48
6. NC State 31
6. Virginia 31
8. Maryland 16
9. Duke 14


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.

6/14/99 W-L IP H R ER BB SO
Wayne 1-0 6.2 9 5 4 4 4
McDonald 0-1 4.1 8 8 5 2 5


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.

6/17/99 W-L IP H R ER BB SO
Sager 0-1 5.0 7 4 4 6 2
Stocks 0-0 4.2 8 6 3 2 2


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.

6/18/99 W-L IP H R ER BB SO
Young 0-0 8.0 12 9 9 5 9
McDonald 0-0 6.0 7 3 3 2 5


ACC 0-0
Non-Conference 5-1
Vs. Ranked Teams 2-1
Vs. Unranked Teams 3-0
Home Games 3-0
Road Games 2-1
Neutral Games 0-0
Day Games 4-1
Night Games 1-0
Vs. Right-Hand Starters 3-1
Vs. Left-Hand Starters 2-0
One-Run Decisions 2-0
Two-Run Decisions 1-0
FSU Scores 5 or More Runs 4-1
Opponent Scores Less Than 5 Runs 3-0
Extra Innings 0-0
Shutouts 0-0
Doubleheader Games 2-0
FSU Scores Firsts 2-1
Opponent Scores First 3-0
Led After Seven 4-0
Trailed After Seven 1-1
Tied After Seven 0-0
Led After Eight 3-0
Trailed After Eight 1-1
Tied After Eight 1-0
Out-Hit Opponents 2-0
Out-Hit by Opponents 0-1
January 3-0
February 2-1
March 0-0
April 0-0
May 0-0
Last 5 Games 4-1
Last 10 Games 5-1
Current Streak W1


Hitting Streaks

Current Season Career
Balet 2 2 2
Barthelemy 2 2 4
Boyd 0 1 1
Futrell 1 2 4
Griffin 11 5 11
Groves 2 2 15
Jernigan 1 1 12
McCaleb 0 3 3
McClain 0 0 0
McDougall 3 3 33
Smith 2 3 4
Spano 0 0 3
Thigpen 0 0 0


Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games

Multi-Hit Multi-RBI
Games Games
Pichi Balet 1 1
Ryan Barthelemy 1 3
Scott Boyd 0 0
Mike Futrell 2 1
John-Ford Griffin 4 1
Brett Groves 2 1
Karl Jernigan 2 2
Blair McCaleb 0 0
Justin McClain 0 0
Marshall McDougall 3 1
Chris Smith 0 1
Bobby Spano 0 0
Clint Thigpen 0 0

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


RHP JON McDONALD

Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
W. Kentucky W 6.0 3 1 1 1 5
at Arizona State ND 5.0 7 5 3 5 6
Stanford


RHP Blair Varnes

Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
W. Kentucky ND 5.0 5 1 0 1 5
at Arizona State L 4.0 9 10 8 1 3
Stanford


RHP Mike Ziegler

Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
W. Kentucky W 6.0 4 1 1 1 6
at Arizona State ND 6.0 7 4 3 4 5
Stanford


Last Home Runs for FSU

Player Opponent Games Since
Groves Arizona State (2/6) 0
Barthelemy Arizona State (2/6) 0
Jernigan Arizona State (2/6) 0
Smith Arizona State (2/5) 1
Futrell Arizona State (2/4) 2
Balet Western Kentucky (1/30) 3
Griffin Western 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 DiBlasi 0.2 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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