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‘Noles Prep for Key Miami Series

April 20, 1999

Up Next:
No. 1 Florida State at No. 3 Miami

April 23 & 24 * 7:00 p.m.

April 25 * 1:00 p.m.

Mark Light Stadium * Coral Gables, FL



The Seminoles: Florida State (38-6, 14-1 ACC), ranked No. 1 in Baseball
America and Baseball Weekly/ESPN, travels to Coral Gables to face Miami
(28-9), who took the over the top spot in Collegiate Baseball after winning
two-of-three last weekend in Tallahassee. The Seminoles won Friday’s game
8-2, but lost a pair of one-run contests on Saturday (4-3) and Sunday
(8-7).



This season, Mike Martin’s squad boasts an impressive 15-5
record against ranked opponents. The Seminoles beat Jacksonville 25-2 on
4/7, scoring 12 runs in the first inning.



FSU has won 24 of its last 27
with a 21-game winning streak snapped against Clemson (4/10), one short of
the school record.



2B Marshall McDougall’s hitting streak ended at 33
games Saturday night vs. UM as he went 0-for-5 at the plate. The junior
was batting .434 (62-for-143) with 48 RBI during the streak.



RF Matt
Diaz has hit safely in 39 of 44 games this year and leads the team with a
.432 average.



C Jeremiah Klosterman was taken out of Sunday’s game vs.
UM after being hit on his left hand on a catcher’s interference call. He
was diagnosed with a contusion and is expected to be in the starting lineup
Friday.



FSU is batting .334, has hit 66 home runs while averaging 9.1
runs per game.



The Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.82 ERA and
opponents are batting just .219 against FSU. The staff is averaging 10.1
strikeouts per game.



FSU has allowed double-digit hits by opponents only
ten times this season.



FSU has won 22 of its 44 games by a 5+ run
margin and has held opponents to three runs or less in 24 of 44 games.



Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the Seminoles’ skipper,
collecting a 1,060-356-3 record.



The Duke game on Sunday, May 16th has
been changed to a 4:00 p.m., start.



Series Information: The Seminoles lead the overall series, which
dates back to 1951, 106-92-3. Last season, the Seminoles won
two-of-three at UM. Overall, FSU is 45-47 at Mark Light Stadium, 57-44 in
Tallahassee and 4-1 in neutral site games against the Hurricanes.



Scouting the Opponent: The Hurricanes (28-9) have taken two of three in
each of their last three series against Florida State, Clemson and NC
State. 2B Manny Crespo owns the teams’ best batting avg. at .466, but is
not expected to play (broken hand). LF Kevin Brown (15) and C Russ
Jacobson (12) are the top duo in home runs. RHP Alex Santos (8-2, 2.23
ERA), RHP David Gil (4-0, 3.80 ERA) and RHP Darryl Roque (4-1, 3.32 ERA)
are the scheduled starters for the weekend. Miami is batting .352 as a
team with 71 home runs while the pitching staff’s ERA is 3.88.



Television: All three games will be carried by SportsChannel Florida. The
Saturday and Sunday games will be live broadcasts with Friday’s game aired
on a tape delay basis.



Radio: Sportsradio 1270 AM (WNLS). Play-by-play: Lee Bowen & Jim Crosby.
Broadcasts will begin 15 minutes before game time. 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 (.345, 4 HR, 36 RBI)
1B #33 John Halliday Jr. L/L (.329, 7 HR, 40 RBI)
2B #31 Marshall McDougall Jr. R/R (.413, 15 HR, 61 RBI)
SS #1 Brett Groves So. R/R (.271, 1 HR, 18 RBI)
3B #6 Kevin Cash Jr. R/R (.324, 9 HR, 37 RBI)
CF #15 Chris Smith Fr. S/L (.252, 1 HR, 14 RBI)
LF #39 John-Ford Griffin Fr. L/L (.441, 2 HR, 17 RBI)
or #8 Mike Futrell Fr. R/R (.342, 2 HR, 11 RBI)
RF #32 Matt Diaz So. R/R (.432, 14 HR, 62 RBI)
DH #22 Sam Scott Jr. L/R (.297, 6 HR, 22 RBI)

RHP #41 Jon McDonald So. (7-1, 2.74 ERA, 84 K, 69.0 IP)
RHP #30 Nick Stocks So. (8-1, 3.17 ERA, 97 K, 82.1 IP)
RHP #21 Blair Varnes Fr. (7-0, 2.21 ERA, 51 K, 69.1 IP)



Poll After Poll After Poll
The Florida State baseball program has been ranked in Collegiate Baseball
for 167 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 1 2 –
Feb. 15 1 1 1
Feb. 22 1 1 1
March 1 1 1 1
March 8 2 2 1
March 15 1 1 1
March 22 1 1 1
March 29 1 1 1
April 5 1 1 1
April 12 1 1 1
April 19 1 2 1


Noting FSU & Ranked ACC Opponents
* Florida State is 48-26 (.649) against Top 25 teams in the ACC since 1992
and has won 10 straight against ranked teams.

* The Seminoles are 19-16 (.543) against ACC teams ranked in the Top 10.



Diaz in Relief
Senior left-hander Zach Diaz took the lead in the career relief
appearances with a scoreless inning against NC State. He now has 99 relief
outings and is second in appearances with 103, getting the win as the
starter against JU (4/14) and making a relief appearance vs. UM (4/18).



Florida State Career Relief Appearances
99 Zach Diaz 1996-present
92 Ricky Kimball 1988-91
75 Philip Olson 1993-95
70 John Nedeau 1990-93

Florida State Career Appearances
113 Ricky Kimball 1988-91
103 Zach Diaz 1996-present
90 Doug Little 1983-86



Chavez Boasts Quite a “K”areer
Senior righthander Chris Chavez is now fifth on the Top 10 Career Strikeout
list after striking out three vs. Jacksonville(4/7). Chavez currently has
351 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
351 Chris Chavez 1996-present
336 Larry Jones 1974-77

A Look at the Polls…
(As of April 19, 1999)
BA CB BW
Florida State 1 2 1
Rice 2 4 2
Miami 6 1 3
Texas A&M 3 7 4
Stanford 4 5 5
Fullerton 5 3 6
Mississippi St. 8 6 7
Pepperdine 12 9 9
Wichita State 11 8 10
Baylor 7 12 11
Auburn 9 14 8
Florida Atl. 13 11 13
Texas Tech 10 17 12
Arkansas 14 10 17
North Carolina 15 13 14
Alabama 18 18 15
Southern Calif. 17 15 24
Tulane 19 25 16
South Carolina 17 22 20
Wake Forest 21 16 22
Ohio State 16 23 25
Texas 24 24 18
Arizona State 14 — 19
Georgia Tech — 19 21
East Carolina 23 — 23
Mississippi — 20 —
Nebraska — 21 —
Notre Dame 25 — —



BA-Baseball America; CB-Collegiate Baseball; BW-ESPN/Baseball Weekly
Coaches Poll



Playing with the Big Boys
Florida State has faced six ranked teams and has posted a 15-5 record in
those games. FSU has two remaining opponents were ranked in the preseason
Top 25 polls. The Seminoles will play a total of 24 games against those
teams, including the next three with Miami.


FSU Opponents   Preseason/Current  Rankings
BA BW CB
Arizona State 12/22 15/19 NR/–
Florida 10/NR 8/NR 14/NR
Wichita State 5/11 1/10 4/8
North Carolina 16/15 25/14 23/13
Wake Forest 17/21 23/22 21/16
Clemson 15/NR 16/NR 20/NR
Miami 3/6 2/3 6/1
Georgia Tech 9/– 7/21 2/19


The FSU-UM Series

FSU Miami
Wins 106 92 (3 ties)
at FSU 57 44 (1 tie)
at Miami 45 47 (2 ties)
at Omaha 2 1
Neutral Site 2 0

Runs 1122 990

One Run Wins 24 29
at FSU 12 13
at Miami 11 15
at Omaha 0 1
Neutral Site 1 0

Two Run Wins 8 11
at FSU 5 3
at Miami 3 7
at Omaha 0 1
Neutral Site 0 0

Shutout Wins 10 5
at FSU 6 0
at Miami 3 5
Neutral Site 1 0

Extra Inn. Wins 4 8
at FSU 3 4
at Miami 1 4



Diaz Ranks Among Nation’s Best
* Rightfielder Matt Diaz leads the ACC in four categories. Here’s where
the sophomore stacks in the conference’s major offensive categories.


Category
Totals ACC
Batting Avg. .432 1
Hits 79 1
RBI 62 1
Home Runs 14 2
Doubles 18 1
Runs 54 3


FSU Pitching Staff Solid
* The Seminole pitching staff is putting together one of their most
impressive seasons as a unit in 1999. FSU’s team ERA of 2.82 leads the ACC
and currently stands second nationally behind only Florida Atlantic. Here
is where FSU pitchers stand in the conference standings heading into the
weekend:


Pitcher     Category    Totals  ACC
Chavez ERA 2.12 1
McDonald ERA 2.74 5
Varnes ERA 2.96 8
Stocks ERA 3.17 10
Stocks Wins 8-1 1
Varnes Wins 7-0 5
McDonald Wins 7-1 6
Stocks Strikeouts 97 2
McDonald Strikeouts 84 4
Chavez Strikeouts 66 8
DiBlasi Saves 8 1


‘Noles Vs. Sunshine State Competition
In ten games against state opponents (Florida – 4, Jacksonville – 2, South
Florida – 1, Miami – 3), FSU is 6-4 this season with losses coming to
Florida (2) and Miami (2). When the Tribe faces an in-state foe, they are
averaging 8.3 runs per game while giving up only 4.1. FSU’s batting
average (.298 vs. .238) and RBI totals (74 vs. 38) are also significantly
higher.



FSU Newcomers Getting it Done at the Plate
Collectively, heading into the weekend series vs. Miami, all Florida State
newcomers (freshman and junior transfers) are batting .339 with 194 RBI, 35
home runs and 221 runs scored. That means the group is responsible for 53
percent of FSU’s RBI total, 53 percent of the home runs and 55 percent of
the team’s run production. John-Ford Griffin (OF), Marshall McDougall
(2B), Ryan Barthelemy (1B), Mike Futrell (OF), John Halliday (1B), Sam
Scott (IF), Chris Hart (C), Bobby Spano (IF), Chris Smith (OF) and J.C.
Huguet (C) are all first-year contributors for Coach Martin.


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