February 17, 2000 - by
Seminoles Put No. 1 Ranking On The Line At Florida

Feb. 17, 2000

Saturday and Sunday, February 19-20
McKethan Stadium at Perry Field


#1 Florida State (7-2)
Florida State took over the top spot in all three polls after winning
two-of-three from Stanford, last week’s No. 1 team in the country. The two
games at No. 19 Florida this weekend mark a streak of eight straight games
against ranked teams.

The Seminoles beat the Cardinal 11-4 in the first game, fell 8-6 in 10
innings in game two, and pounded Stanford 13-1 to take the series.
Sophomore John-Ford Griffin and junior RHP Mike Ziegler (a transfer from
Tallahassee Community College) were named ACC Player and Pitcher of the
week for their efforts against Stanford. Griffin hit .667 (10-15) with
four doubles, one triple, four RBI and four runs. Ziegler, in just his
third career FSU start, gave up only one run in 7.0 innings and struck out
13 of the 29 batters he faced.

Griffin leads the team with a .528 batting average with Mike Futrell
second at .375. All-American second baseman Marshall McDougall hit his
first home run of the year against Stanford and is hitting .351 with five
doubles. FSU has shown surprising power, despite losing several of its top
power hitters from the 1999 roster. Eight Seminoles have homered so far
this season and three players have hit three round-trippers (Futrell, Ryan
Barthelemy and Chris Smith).

Junior RHP Jon McDonald (2-0, 4.24) leads a solid pitching staff and will
start on the mound Saturday. FSU ranked third nationally in 1999 with a team
ERA of 3.18, but this year’s staff has given up 39 earned runs and has a
team ERA of 4.28 through nine games. Ziegler (2-0, 2.37 ERA) will be the
No. 2 starter against Florida following his impressive outing vs. Stanford.


#19 Florida (5-3)
After losing two at Miami the week before, the Gators bounced back to take
two from the Hurricanes in Gainesville last weekend. UF beat Miami 4-3 on
Saturday with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth and hammered UM
20-11 on Sunday. Left fielder Kurt Keene leads the Gators at the plate
with a .467 batting average.


The Series
FSU leads the all-time series 97-81, dating back to 1956. Last season, FSU
won the second game in Tallahassee (12-3) and the second game in
Gainesville (8-4). UF won the opening games by scores of 6-5 and 4-2. In
his 20 years as head coach, Mike Martin owns a 43-36 career record against
Florida.


Radio and TV
Saturday’s game will be televised by the Sunshine Network with Mick Hubert
calling the play-by-play and Nick Belmonte giving the color commentary.
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 STARTERS

Pos No Player Cl B/T
C #10 Chris Hart So. R/R .077, 1 Run, 1 RBI
or #32 Blair McCaleb So. R/R .294, 4 Runs, 2 RBI
1B #27 Ryan Barthelemy S0. L/R .250, 3 HR, 12 RBI
2B #31 Marshall McDougall Sr. R/R .351, 5 2B, 12 Runs
SS #1 Brett Groves Jr. R/R .306, 1 HR, 10 Runs
3B #18 Pichi Balet Jr. R/R .242, 1 HR, 7 RBI
OF #8 Mike Futrell So. R/R .375, 3 HR, 10 RBI
OF #9 Karl Jernigan Jr. R/R .258, 2 HR, 8 RBI
OF #15 Chris Smith So. L/L .278, 3 HR, 7 RBI
OF/ #39 John-Ford Griffin So. L/LDH .528, 1 HR, 10 RBI
RHP #41 Jon McDonald Jr. R/R 2-0, 4.24 ERA, 17K
RHP #35 Mike Ziegler Jr. R/R 2-0, 2.37 ERA, 24K

Head Coach Mike Martin

  • Career/FSU Record: 1,086-366-3 (21st year)
  • ACC Record: 139-51 (9th year)
  • Conference Championships: 13 – 2 ACC (’95, ’97),11 Metro (’80, ’81, ’83-’91)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 20
  • College World Series Appearances: 11
  • 50+ Win Seasons: 19


Seminole Success Under Mike Martin
Mike Martin is in his 21st season as the head coach of the Seminoles, fresh
off his 11th College World Series appearance in 1999. Martin, who is one
of four Florida State coaches with 20 or more years of service, has brought
the Seminoles to an NCAA Regional in each of his last 20 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

  • 20 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances
  • Has led FSU to the College World Series 11 times in 20 seasons, including 10 trips in the last 14 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


FSU Baseball by the Numbers

  • 52 Winning Seasons
  • 17 CWS Appearances
  • 38 NCAA Regional or District Appearances
  • 23 Consecutive Appearances in NCAA Regionals
  • 15 Conference Championships
  • 19 50-Win Seasons
  • 14 First-Round Draft Picks


Poll After Poll After Poll
The Florida State baseball program has been ranked in Collegiate Baseball
for 175 consecutive weeks, the most of any ACC school. The last time the
Seminoles were not ranked in that publication was May 2, 1988. Here’s
where the Seminoles rank in the three polls (Baseball America, Collegiate
Baseball & ESPN Coaches/ USA Today Baseball Weekly):

Date          BA   CB   BW
Preseason     7    6    5
Feb. 7        4    --   --
Feb. 14       1    1    1


The Florida Rotation
Florida State will face RHP Alex Hart in the first game on Saturday. He
has not been involved in a decision this season and has a 3.95 ERA in 13.2
innings (two starts). Hart went 6.1 innings in a no-decision and gave up
three runs (two earned) on six hits against Miami last Saturday in
Gainesville. UF won that game 4-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the
ninth. Sunday’s starter has not yet been announced.


Ranked Opponents on the 2000 Schedule
Florida State annually plays one of the toughest schedules in the nation
(the most difficult according to the RPI in 1999) and that will be no
different this season. FSU will play 25 games against teams ranked among
the Top 20 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll. The Tribe wil play No.
12 Miami six times and No. 20 Florida four times. FSU will face No. 7
Georgia Tech, No. 11 Clemson and No. 9 North Carolina for three games
apiece. FSU took two of three from No. 3 Stanford and No. 19 Arizona
State.


Seminoles Picked First by ACC Coaches
The ACC’s nine head coaches selected Florida State as the preseason
favorite to win the conference championship in 2000. FSU totaled 79
points, including seven of the nine first place votes, with Georgia Tech
and Clemson checking in second and third. The Tribe set a conference
record with a 22-2 regular season mark in 1999. Here’s a look at the
coaches preseason poll:

Team (First Place Votes)        Points
1. Florida State (7)            79
2. Georgia Tech                 67
3. Clemson (1)                  66
4. Wake Forest (1)              53
5. North Carolina               48
6. NC State                     31
6. Virginia                     31
8. Maryland                     16
9. Duke                         14


McDougall Returns to Gainesville
Seminole All-American second baseman Marshall McDougall returns to familiar
surroundings this weekend. The FSU senior played high school baseball at
Gainesville Buchholz and stayed in town to play two more years at Sante Fe
Community College. He played on the Buchholz baseball team with former
University of Florida quarterback Doug Johnson. McDougall was a 1st team
all-state selection at Sante Fe as a sophomore and was named to the state
junior college all-star team.


John-Ford Griffin Named ACC Player of the Week
John-Ford Griffin was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Player of
the Week for his play in last weekend’s series against Stanford. Griffin
hit .667 (10-for-15) and extended his hitting streak to 14 games as FSU won
two-of-three from the former No. 1 team in the country. He had four
doubles, and a triple with four runs scored and four RBI vs. the Cardinal.
During his 14-game hitting sreak (which dates back to the Super Regional),
Griffin is hitting .519 with 17 runs scored, 14 RBI, eight doubles, one
triple and one homer. He leads the team with a .528 batting average this
season.


Mike Ziegler Takes Pitcher of the Week Honors
Junior RHP Mike Ziegler, a transfer from Tallahassee Community College,
earned the ACC’s first pitcher of the week honor this season. In just his
third career start as a Seminole, Ziegler got the win in FSU’s 13-1 Sunday
victory over Stanford after working 7.0 innings and giving up just one
run. He struck out 13 of the 29 batters he faced, the highest strikeout
total for a Seminole pitcher since Chris Chavez recorded 13 at Georgia Tech
last season. Ziegler is 2-0 this season with a 2.37 ERA and a team-high 24
strikeouts.


FSU By the Numbers

ACC 0-0
Non-Conference 7-2
Vs. Ranked Teams 4-2
Vs. Unranked Teams 3-0
Home Games 5-1
Road Games 2-1
Neutral Games 0-0
Day Games 5-2
Night Games 2-0
Vs. Right-Hand Starters 5-2
Vs. Left-Hand Starters 2-0
One-Run Decisions 2-0
Two-Run Decisions 1-1
FSU Scores 5 or More Runs 6-2
Opponent Scores Less Than 5 Runs 5-0
Extra Innings 0-1
Shutouts 0-0
Doubleheader Games 2-0
FSU Scores Firsts 3-1
Opponent Scores First 4-1
Led After Seven 6-0
Trailed After Seven 1-1
Tied After Seven 0-1
Led After Eight 5-0
Trailed After Eight 1-1
Tied After Eight 1-1
Out-Hit Opponents 4-0
Out-Hit by Opponents 0-2
January 3-0
February 4-2
March 0-0
April 0-0
May 0-0
Last 5 Games 3-2
Last 10 Games 7-2
Current Streak W1


Hitting Streaks

Current Season Career
Balet 0 4 4
Barthelemy 1 3 4
Boyd 1 1 1
Futrell 4 4 4
Griffin 14 8 14
Groves 1 3 15
Hart 0 1 4
Jernigan 2 2 12
McCaleb 1 3 3
McClain 1 1 1
McDougall 6 6 33
Smith 5 5 5
Spano 1 1 3
Thigpen 0 0 0


Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games

Multi-Hit Games Multi-RBI Games
Pichi Balet 1 2
Ryan Barthelemy 2 5
Scott Boyd 0 0
Mike Futrell 3 2
John-Ford Griffin 7 2
Brett Groves 3 1
Karl Jernigan 2 2
Blair McCaleb 0 0
Justin McClain 0 0
Marshall McDougall 4 1
Chris Smith 2 2
Bobby Spano 0 1
Clint Thigpen 0 0


Florida State Starting Pitchers
(Game-by-Game Starts)


RHP JON McDONALD

Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
W. Kentucky W 6.0 3 1 1 1 5
at Arizona State ND 5.0 7 5 3 5 6
Stanford W 6.0 6 4 4 2 6

RHP Blair Varnes

Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
W. Kentucky ND 5.0 5 1 0 1 5
at Arizona State L 4.0 9 10 8 1 3
Stanford ND 5.0 9 6 4 2 4

RHP Mike Ziegler

Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO
W. Kentucky W 6.0 4 1 1 1 6
at Arizona State ND 6.0 7 4 3 4 5
Stanford W 7.0 5 1 1 1 13

Last Home Runs for FSU

Player Opponent Games Since
Barthelemy Stanford (2/13) 0
Smith Stanford (2/13) 0
Futrell Stanford (2/12) 1
McDougall Stanford (2/12) 1
Groves Arizona State (2/6) 3
Jernigan Arizona State (2/6) 3
Balet Western Kentucky (1/30) 6
Griffin Western Kentucky (1/30) 6


Grand Slams: Griffin (1/30)


McDougall & McDonald Receive Preseason Pub
Senior second baseman Marshall McDougall and junior righthanded pitcher Jon
McDonald were named first team Collegiate Baseball preseason All-Americans.
McDougall hit .419 with 28 home runs and 106 RBI as a consesus All-American
as a junior while McDonald went 9-3 with a 3.57 ERA and 123 strikeouts.
Another FSU starter, RHP Blair Varnes, was recognized as a third team
preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.


Current Seminoles vs. Florida
Listed below are what current Seminole players have done over their careers
against the Gators:

Position Players
Ryan Barthelemy .000 (0-1)
Mike Futrell .333 (1-3), 1 SB
John-Ford Griffin .667 (4-6), 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 1 2B
Brett Groves .238 (5-21), 3 Runs, 1 SB
John Halliday .438 (7-16), 4 Runs, 8 RBI, 1 2B, 2 HR
Chris Hart .000 (0-1)
Karl Jernigan .231 (6-26), 3 Runs, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 SB
Marshall McDougall .294 (5-17), 4 Runs, 5 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR
Chris Smith .375 (6-16), 5 Runs, 2 RBI, 1 2B
Bobby Spano .333 (1-3), 1 Run, 1 2B
Starting Pitchers
Jon McDonald 12.1 IP, 13 Hits, 7 Runs, 7 ER, 9 BB, 8K, 0-1, 5.11 ERA
Relief Pitchers
Mike DiBlasi 0-1, 6.1 IP, 7 Hits, 7 Runs, 3 ER, 9 BB, 7K, 4.26 ERA
Chris Ginn 1.0 IP, 3 Hit, 2 Runs, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1K, 18.00 ERA
Chris Whidden 1.2 IP, 2K, 0.00 ERA
John Bentley 1-0, 5.1 IP, 6 Hits, 7 Runs, 4 ER, 2BB, 1K, 6.75 ERA
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