April 6, 2001
#5 FLORIDA STATE (28-7, 11-1 ACC)
Florida State, ranked No. 5 in Collegiate Baseball and in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll this week, is coming off a sweep of No. 24 Wake Forest and a Tuesday win over Mercer. The Seminoles have won 25 of their last 27 games and will face four ranked teams over the next four weekends (Clemson, Miami twice and Georgia Tech). FSU slugged out a season best six doubles in last Friday’s game against Wake Forest, while starter Blair Varnes (5-1) had a career-high 13 strikeouts in eight innings of work. Karl Jernigan and Nick Rogers each hit their first home run of the season during the series. Florida State leads the ACC with a record of 11-1 while Clemson is second with a conference mark of 5-1. All-American John-Ford Griffin entered the week sixth nationally with a .480 batting average and is now hitting .484 with nine home runs and 44 RBI. Griffin was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday, April 3rd. Varnes (5-1) leads the ACC with 54 strikeouts and is third with an ERA of 2.25. FSU is 25-2 at home this season.
#8 CLEMSON (21-9, 5-1)
After sweeping New York Tech last weekend, Clemson lost to Winthrop on Wednesday by a score of 8-4. First baseman Michael Johnson (.396, 8 HR, 26 RBI) and third baseman Jeff Baker (.388, 9 HR, 42 RBI) lead the Tigers offensively. CU rotation: Fri. – RHP Steve Reba (5-0, 1.99 ERA), Sat. – RHP Matt Henrie (3-0, 2.08 ERA) and Sun. – RHP Nick Glaser (3-0, 2.41 ERA).
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 42-40-1, which dates back to 1958. Clemson won all three games in Death Valley last year and also defeated FSU in the ACC Tournament. FSU won two-of-three in 1999 in Tallahassee and the Seminoles are 8-4 in the friendly confines of Dick Howser Stadium against Clemson since joining the ACC.
Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. game will be televised live by Sunshine with Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play) and Tom Block (color) calling the action. All three games will be carried live on SportsRadio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Internet broadcasts are available at www.wnls.com and www.seminoles.com.
FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
Pos. Player (B/T) Ht. Wt. Yr. 2001 Stats
1B Ryan Barthelemy (L/R) 6-3 225 Jr. .306, 7 HR, 37 RBI
2B Bryan Zech (R/R) 5-10 170 Fr. .304, 2 HR, 35 Runs
SS Jeff Probst (S/R) 5-10 170 Fr. .314, 11 Runs, 10 RBI
3B Scott Toole (R/R) 6-1 180 Jr. .195, 2 HR, 14 Runs
LF John-Ford Griffin (L/L) 6-2 205 Jr. .484, 9 HR, 44 RBI
CF Karl Jernigan (R/R) 6-2 195 Sr. .302, 22 RBI, 18 SB
RF Nick Rogers (R/R) 6-1 195 Jr. .280, 8 2B, 16 RBI
C Tony Richie (R/R) 6-1 205 Fr. .236, 1 HR, 9 RBI
DH Mike Futrell (R/R) 6-0 180 Jr. .330, 5 HR, 28 RBI