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Seminoles Continue ACC Play Against Maryland

March 22, 2000

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 23-25
Dick Howser Stadium (5,000)

#1 Florida State (25-4)

  • After losing two out of three games at Wake Forest, Florida State managed
    to hold the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll for the sixth
    straight week. The Seminoles dropped to No. 2 according to Baseball
    America and No. 3 in Collegiate Baseball. FSU had won 18 straight before
    the loss to the Demon Deacons and recorded its best start (24-2) since the
    1986 squad began the year 26-2.

  • Blair Varnes had his best outing of the year as FSU bounced back to win
    Sunday’s game at Wake Forest, 12-4. Varnes went the distance, his first
    career complete game, allowing two earned runs on seven hits. Varnes,
    Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman Player of the Year following the 1999
    season, improved to 5-1 with the victory.

  • Sophomore John-Ford Griffin has continued his tear at the plate, leading
    the team with a .455 batting average. Griffin has hit safely in 27 of
    FSU’s 29 games and is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak. He has
    two or more hits in 17 games this season.

  • Through 29 games, FSU has been impressive both on the mound and at the
    plate. The pitching staff boasts a 3.18 ERA and has 277 strikeouts (9.6
    per game) against just 106 walks. Offensively, the Seminoles are hitting
    .334 as a team and averaging 9.7 runs per game.

  • FSU is getting production throughout the lineup as Mike Futrell (.298) is
    the only starter hitting under .300. Eight Seminoles have 20 or RBI and
    there are eight with three or more home runs.

  • If none of the games vs. Maryland are rained out, Wednesday’s (3/29) game
    with Mercer will not be played. FSU schedules one more game than the NCAA
    maximum in case of such a situation.

Maryland (6-15)

Maryland split a doubleheader with Florida A&M on Tuesday, losing game one,
16-13 and winning game two, 7-6. The Terps, who where swept by Clemson
over the weekend, have lost 10 of their last 13 games. LHP Jamie Hammond
(2-4, 6.69 ERA), RHP Mark Martin (1-2, 4.91) and LHP Joe Hart (1-3, 5.81
ERA) are the scheduled starters for Maryland.

The Series

FSU leads the all-time series 27-3, dating back to 1965. The Seminoles are
23-3 versus the Terps since joining the ACC in 1992 with Maryland’s last
win coming in 1998 in Tallahassee. FSU has won six straight in the series
since that loss, including a 3-0 regular season mark in 1999 and a win in
the ACC Tournament.

Radio and TV

Saturday’s 1:00 p.m. game will be televised live by Sunshine Network. Gene
Decherhoff (play-by-play) and Link Jarrett (color) will provide the
commentary. 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

Probable Starters

Pos No Player Yr B/T Stats
C #32 Blair McCaleb So. R/R .325, 18 Runs, 15 RBI
1B #27 Ryan Barthelemy So. L/R .311, 7 HR, 39 RBI
2B #31 Marshall McDougall Sr. R/R .309, 5 HR, 35 Runs
SS #1 Brett Groves Jr. R/R .367, 3 HR, 36 Runs
3B #18 Pichi Balet Jr. R/R .303, 4 HR, 25 RBI
or #26 Scott Boyd Jr. R/R .347, 1 HR, 11 RBI
LF #8 Mike Futrell So. R/R .298, 3 HR, 30 RBI
CF #9 Karl Jernigan Jr. R/R .355, 4 HR, 34 Runs
RF #15 Chris Smith So. L/L .385, 7 HR, 34 RBI
DH #39 John-Ford Griffin So. L/L .455, 3 HR, 26 RBI

RHP #41Jon McDonald Jr. 6-1, 3.42 ERA, 41K
RHP #35 Mike Ziegler Jr. 5-0. 3.23 ERA, 61K
RHP #21 Blair Varnes So. 5-1, 3.68 ERA, 36K
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