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Seminoles Remain Consensus No. 1

March 3, 1999



#1 Florida State

vs. #13 Wichita State * March 5 * 1:15 p.m.

vs. Minnesota * March 6 * 2:30 p.m.

vs. Washington State * March 7 * 6:00 p.m.

Metrodome* Minneapolis, MN




TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State enters the Hormel Foods Baseball Classic with
a 14-2 record and holds consensus No. 1 ranking for the third consecutive
week by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly.




* The
last time FSU held a consensus #1 ranking was the week of Feb. 24, 1997.
The Tribe held it for two weeks (Feb. 17 & Feb. 24).




* The Seminoles 14-2
record is their best start since a 14-2 start in 1994. FSU’s two losses
were to Hawaii and Hawaii-Hilo that season.




* RF Matt Diaz is also riding a
14-game hitting streak and leads FSU with a .474 average.




* SS Brett Groves
has missed the last two games with a bruised shoulder after starting 87
consecutive games since last season. His status is day-to-day.




* 1B Kevin
Cash, who has also played shortstop in Groves’ absence, is riding a
four-game hitting streak in which he is batting .429 (6-for-14).




* FSU is
batting .331, has hit 26 home runs while averaging 9.81 runs per game.




* The Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.58 ERA and opponents are
batting just .198 against FSU. The staff is averaging 10.0 strikeouts per
game.




* FSU has allowed double-digit hits by opponents just once this
season (10 against Arizona St.), and opponents scored five runs or more
runs just twice this year.




* FSU fielders are averaging an impressive .972
and have posted 11 games with one or no errors. FSU has won 10 of its 16
games by a 5+ run margin.




* Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season
as the Seminoles skipper, collecting a 1,036-352-3 record over the past 20
years.




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 vs. Wichita State




On the Mound: RHP Jon McDonald (2-0, 2.52 ERA) will take the mound for the
Seminoles after hurling two no-decisions in his last two starts, both
against the Florida Gators. McDonald struck out five and surrendered just
one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings before he was relieved against the
Gators in his last outing. He leads all FSU starters in strikeouts per game
with 11.16.




Scouting the Opponent: Wichita State (9-4) is led by Eric Absher who is
batting .419 with 2 HR and 16 RBI and Pat Magness who is batting .410 with
4 HR and 16 RBI. The Shockers will send RHP Ben Christensen (1-1, 3.31
ERA) to the mound against FSU on Friday. Christensen was the 22nd-ranked
college prospect by Baseball America.




Series Information: Wichita State leads the series 3-2 since 1989. Four
of the five meetings have been in Omaha, Neb., at the College World Series,
which FSU and WSU have split. The fifth meeting was a neutral site game in
Baseball City, Fla., in 1990 that the Seminoles dropped 8-7 to the
Shockers. The two teams’ last meeting was an 8-4 FSU win in the 1996 CWS
(also the Seminoles last CWS win). The game will feature the top two
winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I Baseball — Wichita State’s
Gene Stephenson is No. 1 and FSU’s Mike Martin is No. 2 on the list. They
are also the two fastest coaches to reach 1,000 victories, respectively.




Florida State vs. Minnesota




On the Mound: RHP Nick Stocks (4-0, 3.60 ERA) will pitch against the
Golden Gophers in Saturday’s tournament game. Stocks, who leads FSU with
34 strikeouts, earned an 8-4 win over No. 6 Florida in his last start.




Scouting the Opponent: Minnesota (6-4) is led by Robb Quinlan who is
batting .457 with 4 HR and 16 RBI. The Golden Gophers are batting .320 and
are averaging 9.4 runs per game, but have posted a 7.66 team ERA. RHP Brad
Pautz (0-0, 1.69) will start against the Seminoles. Pautz has made three
starts, but has yet to earn a decision.




Series Information: Florida State leads the series 13-0 since 1981. FSU
swept Minnesota in a three-game series in Tallahassee in 1996. In FSU’s
last appearance in the Metrodome Tournament in 1995, the Seminoles defeated
Minnesota, 4-1, in 10 innings.




Florida State vs. Washington State




On the Mound: RHP Blair Varnes (4-0, 2.40 ERA) will pitch against
Washington State fresh off a 5-2 win over South Florida on Tuesday in which
he struck out eight batters in 6 2/3 innings. Varnes has walked just one
batter in 30.0 IP and has a streak of 17.2 IP without a walk.




Scouting the Opponent: Washington State (8-2) has won four straight,
including a three-game sweep of San Jose State. The Cougers are batting
.340 and have hit 17 home runs in 10 games. LHP Todd Meldahl (2-0, 5.40
ERA) is slated to pitch against FSU on Sunday. Jason Grove leads the
Cougers with a .567 batting average, 5 HR and 18 RBI.




Series Information: Florida State defeated Washington State, 5-1, in their
only meeting in 1988.




Quick Hits…

* Matt Diaz is riding an 14-game hitting streak in which he is batting
27-for-54 (.500). He leads FSU with a .895 slugging percentage (13 of his
27 hits are for extra bases). Diaz has been a clutch hitter, batting .667
with RBI opportunities and .474 with two outs.




* Kevin Cash is riding a four-game hitting streak and is batting .429
(6-for-14) during that span.




* John Halliday is batting .500 with RBI opportunites. He is batting .350
(7-for-20) with eight RBI over the last five games.




* Karl Jernigan is batting .048 (1-for-21) during the last six games.




* Marshall McDougall leads FSU with nine multi-hit games and 24 RBI. He
has scored a run in every game but one this season. McDougall also leads
FSU with 10 two-out RBI. He is riding a seven-game hitting streak in which
he is batting .407 (11-for-27).




* Sam Scott is 0-for-12 over the last four games.




* Chris Smith is batting .292 (7-for-24) in his last six games and was
3-for-3 in his first appearance in the leadoff spot. He is batting .375
(6-for-16) as the leadoff hitter. Smith is also batting .353 when he leads
off an inning.




* Mike DiBlasi has allowed only three hits in eight relief appearances. He
has struck out the side in three of his eight appearances and given up just
two walks. He is averaging 18.0 strikeouts per nine innings.




* Believe it or not, FSU does not have a sacrifice bunt through 16 games.
The ‘Noles had five through 16 games last year.




* Florida State has not been shutout for 172 consecutive games since a 2-0
loss to Clemson on May 6, 1996. The Seminoles have posted 12 shutouts
against opponents during that time.




* Blair Varnes has allowed just one walk in 30.0 IP and has not walked a
batter in 17.2 IP. His stikeout to walk ratio is 24:1.




* Chris Whidden has given up just two hits in his last six appearances with
10 strikeouts.




* FSU is averaging 11.8 hits per game and have out-hit opponents in 15 of
16 games.




* The Seminole pitching staff’s strikeout to walk ratio is 2.8:1.




* Nick Stocks knows how to close an inning — opponents are batting just
.069 against him with two outs.




* Jeremiah Klosterman is suffering a 2-for-16 (.125) slump and has not had
an RBI in his six games played.




Hitting Streaks


                Current Season  Career
Barthemely      0       3       3
Cash            4       4       8
Futrell         2       2       2
Griffin         5       5       5
Groves          0       3       15
Halliday        0       4       4
Hart            1       4       2
Jernigan        0       3       12
Klosterman      1       5       7
McDougall       7       7       7
M. Diaz         14      14      15
Scott           0       4       4
Spano           0       2       2



Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games

                      Multi-Hit Multi-RBI
                        Games   Games
Ryan Barthelemy         1       2
Kevin Cash              3       4
Matt Diaz               7       7
Michael Futrell         1       1
John-Ford Griffin       1       0
Brett Groves            4       1
John Halliday           6       5
Chris Hart              1       0
J.C. Huguet             0       0
Karl Jernigan           4       2
Jeremiah Klosterman     5       5
Marshall McDougall      9       5
Sam Scott               7       4
Chris Smith             3       2
Bobby Spano             1       0



FSU’s First 16 Game Comparision to 1998

                1998    1999
Record          10-6    14-2
Batting Avg.    .288    .331
ERA             3.07    2.58
Home Runs       11      26
Stolen Bases    16      19
Errors          27      17
Fielding %      .958    .972
Runs P/G        6.8     9.8
Strikeouts      114     160
Walks           61      58



Florida State Starting Pitchers

Game-by-Game Starts


RHP JON McDONALD
Opponent        Result  IP      H       R       ER      BB      SO
UNC Asheville   W       6.0     2       0       0       0       9
Arizona State   ND      6.1     4       1       1       5       11
Troy State      W       5.0     4       1       1       1       5
Florida         ND      1.1     4       4       4       4       1
at Florida      ND      6.1     5       1       1       1       5

RHP Nick Stocks Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO UNC Asheville W 6.0 3 2 1 2 5 Arizona State ND 4.1 5 3 3 4 5 Troy State W 6.0 5 2 2 0 8 Florida W 6.1 6 3 3 3 8 at Florida W 7.1 4 3 3 2 8

RHP Blair Varnes Opponent Result IP H R ER BB SO UNC Asheville W 6.0 4 1 1 0 4 Arizona State ND 6.1 7 5 4 1 4 Troy State W 5.0 1 0 0 0 3 Charleston So. W 6.0 4 1 1 0 5 South Florida W 6.2 4 2 2 0 8



Playing with the Big Boys

Florida State has faced two ranked teams (Florida and Arisona State) and
has six remaining opponents were ranked in the preseason Top 25 polls. The
Seminoles will play a total of 24 games against those teams. FSU is 5-2
vs. ranked opponents.




FSU Opponents Preseason/Current Rankings

                 BA      BW      CB
Arizona State   12/8    15/6    NR/9
Florida         10/11    8/12   14/6
Wichita State    5/13    1/16    4/17
North Carolina  16/5    25/11   23/14
Wake Forest     17/26   23/NR   21/NR
Clemson         15/19   16/22   20/27
Miami            3/3     2/3     6/3
Georgia Tech     9/16    7/20    2/12



Last Home Runs for FSU

Player          Opponent                Games Since
Cash            South Florida (3/2)     0
Halliday        at Florida (2/28)       1
M. Diaz         at Florida (2/28)       1
McDougall       Florida (2/21)          3
Scott           Charleston So. (2/17)   5
Futrell         Charleston So. (2/16)   6
Smith           Troy State (2/13)       8
Jernigan        Troy State (2/12)       9
Klosterman      UNC Asheville (1/31)    13
Grand Slams:  McDougall 1 (last 1/30).



Celebrating 20 Years of Success

Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the head coach of the Seminoles fresh
off his 10th College World Series appearance. 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 19 years. Under Martin,
Florida State has become a national power in collegiate baseball, finishing
in the Baseball America’s Top 10 in nine of the last 10 seasons.




A Look at the Martin Record


* 19 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances

* Has led FSU to the College World Series 10 times in 19 seasons,
including nine times in the last 12 years.

* Has won 14 conference championships, including two ACC
Championships (’95 & ’97).

* Ranks second nationally among active Division I baseball coaches
with a .744 winning percentage.

* Ranks ninth among NCAA All-Time Winningest Division I Coaches.

* Has produced 10 first-round draft choices, including eight
in the 1990s.

* 1996 and 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year



Florida State Miscellaneous Breakdown




ACC 0-0

Non-Conference 14-2

Vs. Ranked Teams 5-2

Vs. Unranked Teams 9-0

Home Games 13-1

Road Games 1-1

Day Games 14-2

Night Games 0-0

Vs. Right-Hand Starters 10-2

Vs. Left-Hand Starters 4-0

One-Run Decisions 0-1

Two-Run Decisions 1-1

Extra Innings 0-0

Shutouts 0-0

FSU Scores Firsts 11-1

Opponent Scores First 3-1

Led After Seven 13-0

Trailed After Seven 0-2

Tied After Seven 1-0

Led After Eight 14-0

Trailed After Eight 0-2

Tied After Eight 0-0

Out-Hit Opponents 14-1

Out-Hit by Opponents 0-1

January 3-0

February 11-2

March 0-0

April 0-0

May 0-0

Last 5 Games 3-2

Last 10 Games 8-2

Current Streak W2

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