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Seminoles Head To Rosenblatt Stadium In Omaha, Nebraska

June 7, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, the sixth seed nationally, opens CWS play against Southern
California. The Seminoles are ranked No. 4 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll
and No. 5 in Baseball America’s Poll. The Trojans, ranked No. 5 in
Collegiate Baseball and No. 4 in Baseball America, are the No. 3 seed after
defeating Georgia Tech in Atlanta in two games.

2000 marked the 19th year since 1976 that FSU has hosted regional
competition. The Seminoles have advanced to Omaha in 11 of those 19
seasons. As a regional host, the Seminoles are 58-20 (.744). FSU leads
the NCAA in all-time NCAA Regional games played (150) and NCAA Regional
wins (102).

FSU reached the 50-win plateau for the seventh straight year and 19th
year overall (all under Mike Martin) with a victory over Miami in Friday’s
Super Regional game. The Seminoles advanced to Omaha by defeating the
defending national champions 6-1 in the final game on Sunday in
Tallahassee. Junior RHP Mike Ziegler threw his second complete game of the
season to lead FSU to the CWS.

FSU went 4-1 in the Tallahassee regional, defeating UCF twice on Sunday
to advance to Super Regional play. Eight Seminoles were named to the
All-Regional team (John Halliday – DH, Scott Boyd – 1B, Pichi Balet – 3B,
John-Ford Griffin – OF, Chris Smith – OF, Karl Jernigan – OF, Robby Read
P & Jon McDonald – P). Griffin was named the most outstanding player after
hitting .520 (13-25) with six doubles, two home runs, eight runs scored and
eight RBI.

FSU again faced a difficult schedule, playing 33 games against teams
ranked in the final regular season Collegiate Baseball poll.


FSU IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
The Seminoles are making their 18th trip to the CWS and have a 23-34
overall record in Omaha. FSU is making its third straight trip to the CWS
and has advanced to Omaha in 11 of the last 15 years. FSU advanced with
regional titles in 1975, ’80, ’86, ’87, ’89, ’91, ’92, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98,
’99 & ’00. FSU won district titles in 1957, ’62, ’63, ’65 & ’70.


FSU VS THE CWS FIELD
The Seminoles have faced two teams in the 2000 College World Series, going
0-4 against Clemson and 2-1 against Stanford. This year’s field has
combined for 22 national titles (USC – 12, Texas – 4, LSU – 4, Stanford –
2) with 20 of those won by the other three teams in FSU’s half of the
bracket. All-time, the Seminoles are 67-55-1 against the field with their
only losing series record vs. USC (1-5).


RADIO AND TELEVISION
FSU’s opening game will be televised nationally at 12:30 p.m., EST by CBS.
With the exception of the national championship game (also on CBS), all
other games will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2. All FSU games will
be carried live on WNLS-1270 by Lee Bowen and Jim Crosby with coverage
beginning 15 minutes prior to game time. Broadcasts are also available via
the internet at www.wnls.com.


PROBABLE STARTERS

PosNoPlayerYrB/T
C#32Blair McCalebSo.R/R.273, 3 HR, 34 RBI
1B#27Ryan BarthelemySo.L/R.306, 11 HR, 66 RBI
2B#31Marshall McDougallSr.R/R.341, 13 HR, 65 RBI
SS#1Brett GrovesJr.R/R.310, 57 Runs, 34 SB
3B#18Pichi BaletJr.R/R.342, 7 HR, 39 RBI
CF#9Karl JerniganJr.R/R.336, 6 HR, 49 RBI
RF#15Chris SmithSo.L/L.389, 14 HR, 66 RBI
LF/DH#39John-Ford GriffinSo.L/L.410, 8 HR, 55 RBI
DH#33John HallidaySr.L/L.214, 4 HR, 19 RBI
LF#8Mike FutrellSo.R/R.281, 4 HR, 40 RBI
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RHP#21Blair VarnesSo.11-2, 3.50 ERA, 77K
RHP#35Mike ZieglerJr.9-4, 3.18 ERA, 144K
RHP#41 Jon McDonaldJr.11-5, 4.04 ERA, 89K


Head Coach Mike Martin

Career/FSU Record:1,130-381-3 (21st year)
ACC Record:152-57 (9th year)
Conference Championships:13
2 ACC (’95, ’97),11 Metro (’80, ’81, ’83-’91)
NCAA Tournament Appearances21
College World Series Appearances12
50+ Win Seasons19


Seminole Success Under Mike Martin
Mike Martin, who is in his 21st season as the head coach of the Seminoles,
is making his 12th College World Series appearance. Martin, who is one of
four Florida State coaches with 20 or more years of service, has led FSU to
an NCAA Regional in each of his last 21 years. Under Martin, FSU has
become a national power in collegiate baseball, finishing in Baseball
America’s Top 10 in 10 of the last 11 seasons – the most Top 10 finishes in
the country over that span.


A Look at the Martin Record

  • 21 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances
  • Has led FSU to the College World Series 12 times in 21 seasons,
    including 11 trips in the last 15 years

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

  • Ranks second nationally among active Division I baseball coaches
    with a .747 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

The 1999 College World Series

In 1999, the Seminoles advanced to the national championship game for the
third time in school history (1970 & ’86). FSU defeated Texas A&M in the
opener, but lost the second game to Stanford. The Tribe beat Cal St.
Fullerton to earn a rematch with the undefeated Cardinal. After a
hard-fought 8-6 victory, FSU came from behind to defeat Stanford 14-11 on
Karl Jernigan’s three-run home run in the 11th inning to reach the final.
The Seminoles fell 6-5 to Miami in the national championship game, despite
a courageous effort from freshman All-American right-hander Blair Varnes,
who made a surprise start for the depleted FSU pitching staff with a
ruptured ACL in his left knee. Marshall McDougall was named the Most
Oustanding Player of the CWS.


Last Home Runs for FSU

PlayerOpponentGames Since
McDougallMiami (6/4)0
SmithMiami (6/4)0
BaletMiami (6/3)1
JerniganMiami (6/3)1
BarthelemyMiami (6/2)2
BoydEvansville (5/27)5
GriffinEvansville (5/27)5
Halliday Bethune-Cookman (5/26)7
FutrellGeorgia Tech (4/21)23
McCalebGeorgia Tech (4/21)23
SpanoSt. Josephs (3/7)47
GrovesCharleston Southern (3/1)51

Grand Slams:Griffin (1/30)
Barthelemy (2/19)
Groves (2/19)
Balet (3/11)
Halliday (5/26)
Griffin (5/27)
Smith (6/2)


Balet Heats up in the Postseason
Third baseman Pichi Balet has led the Seminoles at the plate in 2000 NCAA
postseason play. The junior college transfer is hitting .560 (14-for-25)
while playing in seven of FSU’s eight postseason games. Balet has upped
his season batting average 44 points and now ranks third on the team with a
.342 average.


Griffin on NCAA Single Season Doubles List
John-Ford Griffin is just three doubles shy of tying the NCAA single season
doubles record. Here’s where he stacks up on the all-time list:

1. Jeremy Morris, Florida State36
1. Damon Thames, Rice36
3. Robert Gonzales, New Mexixo35
4. Joe Carter, Wichita State34
4. Gary Schoonover, Brigham Young34
6. John-Ford Griffin, Florida State33



Smith Riding a 25-Game Hitting Streak
With a hit in all three games against Miami, Chris Smith extended his
career-best hitting streak to 25 games. John-Ford Griffin had a 23-game
hitting streak earlier this year. Marshall McDougall put together a
33-game hitting streak a year ago, one shy of J.D. Drew’s school record.


Checking the Record Books

Senior reliever Mike DiBlasi currently ranks fourth all-time at FSU and
is tied for 13th in the ACC record books with 16 career saves. All 97 of
DiBlasi’s career FSU appearances have been in relief. That total puts him
second in relief appearances and fourth in total appearances at FSU (tied
for 8th in the ACC).

Junior Jon McDonald is tied for third at FSU with 54 career starts.
McDonald is eighth on the all-time innings pitched list (327.2) at FSU and
15th in the ACC, eighth all-time in victories (30) at FSU and tied for
ninth in the ACC. His 313 strikeouts are sixth on the FSU list and rank
10th on the ACC charts.

Juniors Karl Jernigan (35) and Brett Groves (33) are second and third on
the all-time hit by pitch list. Current equipment/clubhouse manager Jose
Zabala holds the FSU record at 46.

Marshall McDougall is tied for ninth on the all-time FSU home runs list
with 41.

Mike Ziegler has moved up to seventh on the FSU single season strikeout
list with 144.

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