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Seminoles Open Nine-Game Homestand Tuesday

Feb. 22, 2000



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State held down the top spot in all three polls with a two-game
sweep of No. 19 Florida on Saturday and Sunday. The two games with the
Gators concluded a run of eight straight games against ranked opponents.
The Seminoles finished 6-2 during that stretch.

FSU cruised to wins of 15-6 and 17-8 in Gainesville to sweep the two-game
series at UF for the first time since 1993. The Tribe scored 15 runs in
two innings in the first game and then scored in each of the first seven
innings in game two. The 32 Seminole runs were the most allowed by a Gator
team in back-to-back games since 1947. Center fielder Karl Jernigan played
well against the Gators with a pair of home runs among his 5 hits, upping
his average from .258 to .317. Shortstop Brett Groves and first baseman
Ryan Barthelemy had grand slams in the first game at UF.

Griffin leads the team with a .478 batting average with All-American
second baseman Marshall McDougall checking in at .362 with a pair of homers
and a team-high 17 runs scored. The Seminoles have been impressive with
the bats, boasting a team batting average of .323 with 21 home runs. Eight
players have homered for FSU and seven have two or more home runs.

Sophomore RHP Blair Varnes looks to get back in the win column in
Tuesday’s contest. The 1999 Collegiate Baseball Freshman Player of the
Year is 0-1 this season wth a 7.71 ERA after posting an 11-2 last season.
Junior John Bentley is scheduled to make his first start in over a year on
Wednesday. Bentley took a medical redshirt last season while recovering
from a shoulder injury.


Appalachian State (0-3)
Appalachian State has scored just two runs in their first three games of
the 2000 season. The Mountaineers lost 11-1 in the opener to UNC Charlotte
and then lost 4-0 and 3-1 to Winthrop. ASU was 14-38 last year and 10-20
(9th) in the Southern Conference. Shortstop Wes Timmons leads the team
with a .364 batting average.


The Series
FSU leads the all-time series 2-0, with both games played during the 1993
season. FSU won the first game 8-3 and the second by a score of 3-1 at
Dick Howser Stadium. This will be the first trip to Tallahassee for
Appalachian State head coach Troy Heustess, who is in his second season as
the Mountaineer skipper.


Radio and Television
There will be no television coverage for the two-game series with
Appalachian State. Both 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 FSU Starters

PosNoPlayerClB/T
C#10Chris HartSo.R/R.077, 1 Run, 1 RBI
or#32Blair McCalebSo.R/R.320, 6 Runs, 4 RBI
1B#27Ryan BarthelemyS0.L/R.250, 4 HR, 16 RBI
2B#31Marshall McDougallSr.R/R.362, 2 HR, 17 Runs
SS#1Brett GrovesJr.R/R.348, 2 HR, 13 Runs
3B#18Pichi BaletJr.R/R.263, 1 HR, 8 RBI
OF#8Mike FutrellSo.R/R.357, 3 HR, 13 RBI
OF#9Karl JerniganJr.R/R.317, 4 HR, 11 RBI
OF#15Chris SmithSo.L/L.341, 3 HR, 9 RBI
OF/DH#39John-Ford GriffinSo.L/L.478, 2 HR, 14 RBI
RHP#21Blair VarnesSo.R/R0-1, 7.71 ERA, 12K
RHP#4John BentleyJr.R/R0-0, 8.10 ERA, 1K

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