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Streaking Seminoles Get Early ACC Test At Wake Forest

March 16, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, the No. 1 team in the country in all three polls for the
fifth straight week, improved to 24-2 with an 18-7 win over South Florida
on Tuesday. The Seminoles have now won 18 straight, dating back to a 2/12
loss to Stanford, and are off to their best start since the 1986 squad
started the year 26-2 (FSU record is 31-2, set in 1970). The school record
for consecutive wins is 22 games and the 1999 team came close to the mark,
winning 21 straight.

Head coach Mike Martin picked up his 1,100th victory in FSU’s 17-0 win
over Duke on Friday. Martin became just the 16th NCAA Division I coach to
win 1,100 games. Only Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson reached the victory
total quicker than Martin.

Starters Jon McDonald (6-0), Mike Ziegler (5-0) and Blair Varnes (4-1)
each picked up wins vs. Duke over the weekend. The same three will start
this weekend against the Demon Deacons. FSU pounded the Blue Devils for 20
hits, including a school record nine doubles, and 17 runs in the win last
Friday.

Through 26 games, FSU has been equally impressive on the mound and at the
plate. The pitching staff boasts a 3.03 ERA and has 258 strikeouts (9.9
per game) against just 97 walks. Offensively, the Seminoles are hitting
.337 as a team and averaging 10.2 runs scored per game.

FSU is getting production from every spot in the order as all nine
starters are hitting .312 or better. Those nine all have an on base % of
.423 or higher. Eight Seminoles have three or more home runs with Ryan
Barthelemy and Chris Smith leading the way with seven apiece.


Wake Forest (15-6)
In its last outing, Wake Forest won 9-5 on Wednesday vs. Columbia. The
Demon Deacons are 1-2 in ACC play, losing two-of-three to NC State last
weekend. Wake has won the last two ACC Tournaments, handing FSU its first
loss in 1999 and winning two straight from the Tribe in 1998 to take the
title. Third baseman Corey Slavik leads WFU with a .437 avg. and 35 RBI.


The Series
FSU leads the all-time series 43-11, dating back to 1962. The Seminoles
have swept the last four regular season series (12-0), but have lost the
last three ACC Tournament games against the Demon Deacons. Last year in
Tallahassee, FSU won by scores of 7-4, 16-3 and 4-3. Mike Martin is 25-4
all-time vs. Wake Forest.


TV and Radio
Saturday’s 1:30 game with Wake Forest 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
www.wnls.com.


Probable Starters

PosNoPlayerClB/T
C#32Blair McCalebSo.R/R.338, 17 Runs, 12 RBI
1B#27Ryan BarthelemySo.L/R.312, 7 HR, 36 RBI
2B#31Marshall McDougallSr.R/R.326, 5 HR, 34 Runs
SS#1Brett GrovesJr.R/R.366, 3 HR, 34 Runs
3B#26Scott BoydJr.R/R.362, 1 HR, 11 RBI
or#18Pichi BaletJr.R/R.300, 4 HR, 22 RBI
LF#8Mike FutrellSo.R/R.313, 3 HR, 28 RBI
CF#9Karl JerniganJr.R/R.347, 4 HR, 31 Runs
RF#15Chris SmithSo.L/L.404, 7 HR, 34 RBI
OF/DH#39John-Ford GriffinSo.L/L.440, 3 HR, 24 RBI
RHP#41Jon McDonaldJr.6-0, 3.19 ERA, 38K
RHP#35 Mike ZieglerJr.5-0. 2.85 ERA, 54K
RHP#21 Blair VarnesSo.4-1, 4.11 ERA, 30K

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