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Top-ranked Baseball takes on Clemson

April 8, 1999


#1 Florida State vs. Clemson

  • April 9 & 10 * 7:00 p.m.
  • April 11 * 1:00 p.m.
  • Dick Howser Stadium * Tallahassee, FL




    The Seminoles: Top-ranked Florida State (34-3, 12-0 ACC) will host Clemson
    (18-13, 2-3 ACC) as the Seminoles look to keep their winning streak alive
    and ACC record spotless. * FSU has won 20 straight games and has a
    consensus No. 1 ranking by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and
    Baseball Weekly/ESPN. The 40 voting coaches gave the Seminoles every
    first-place vote in this week’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25. * The
    Seminoles will be looking to tie and hopefully break the the school winning
    streak record of 22 games held by the 1991 and 1996 teams. * 2B Marshall
    McDougall is riding a 28-game hitting streak in which he is batting .415
    (51-for-123) with 38 RBI. * RF Matt Diaz is riding a 13-game hitting
    streak and is batting .442 (27-for-61) with 23 RBI during that span. He
    has hit safely in 33 of 37 games this year. * C Jeremiah Klosterman broke
    his 20-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 outing vs. Jacksonville. * CF
    Karl Jernigan will not field or bat for the Clemson series due to a
    fractured right fifth finger. He can pinch-run if needed. * FSU is
    batting .336, has hit 54 home runs while averaging 9.2 runs per game.
    * The Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.68 ERA and opponents are
    batting just .212 against FSU. The staff is averaging 10.2 strikeouts per
    game. * FSU has allowed double-digit hits by opponents only seven times
    this season. * The FSU defense boasts a .961 fielding average and has
    posted 19 games with one or no errors. * FSU has won 19 of its 37 games by
    a 5+ run margin and has held opponents to three runs or less in 20 of 37
    games. * Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the Seminoles
    skipper, collecting a 1,056-353-3 record over the past 20 years.




    Series Information: The Seminoles lead 40-35-1 in a series that began
    in 1958. FSU is 16-16 against the Tigers since joining the ACC in 1992,
    including a 7-2 mark in Dick Howser Stadium.




    Scouting the Opponent: The Tigers enter this weekend’s three-game series
    with a 18-13 record and 2-3 mark in the ACC. Clemson took two games from
    Maryland, but dropped a three-game series with Wake Forest two weeks ago.
    Henri Stanley leads Clemson with a .364 average, 4 HR and 32 RBI, while
    Kurt Bultmann tops the RBI category with 39 for the Tigers. RHP Ryan Mottl
    (2-3, 5.85 ERA) is slated to pitch on Friday, RHP Mike Paradis (3-0, 2.89
    ERA) will pitch Saturday and RHP Steve Reba (2-3, 6.54 ERA) is expected to
    throw on Sunday.




    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 Probable Starting Lineup
    Pos. No. Player Yr. B/T (’99 Statistics)
    C #25 Jeremiah Klosterman Sr. S/R (.364, 4 HR, 32 RBI)
    1B #33 John Halliday Jr. L/L (.346, 7 HR, 39 RBI)
    2B #31 Marshall McDougall Jr. R/R (.416, 12 HR, 52 RBI)
    SS #1 Brett Groves So. R/R (.250, 0 HR, 17 RBI)
    3B #13 Kevin Cash Jr. R/R (.306, 6 HR, 25 RBI)
    CF #15 Chris Smith Fr. S/L (.256, 1 HR, 14 RBI)
    LF #39 John-Ford Griffin Fr. L/L (.489, 0 HR, 9 RBI)
    or #8 Mike Futrell Fr. R/R (.333, 2 HR, 10 RBI)
    RF #32 Matt Diaz So. R/R (.441, 12 HR, 54 RBI)
    DH #22 Sam Scott Jr. L/R (.309, 5 HR, 21 RBI)


    RHP #41 Jon McDonald So. (5-1, 3.18 ERA, 67 K, 54.0 IP)
    RHP #30 Nick Stocks So. (8-0, 2.60 ERA, 82 K, 69.1 IP)
    RHP #21 Blair Varnes Fr. (7-0, 1.97 ERA, 49 K, 64.0 IP)



    Noting the Seminoles

    FSU’s 12-0 ACC record not only tops the league, but no other team in the
    conference has less than three ACC losses. FSU’s best start in conference
    play was a 17-0 run in 1997 before losing to Georgia Tech 4-1 (in 10
    innings).




    2B Marshall McDougall extended his hitting streak to 28 games. The FSU
    record is 34 games set by J.D. Drew in 1997. McDougall has actually tied
    FSU’s second-longest hitting streak of 28 games held by Brad Parker (1990).
    McDougall is batting .415 (51-for-123) during his 28-game hitting streak.




    The ‘Noles are averaging 9.2 runs per game, batting a stellar .336 and
    have recorded a 2.68 ERA all while posting a 34-3 record, including 17
    games against Top 25 opponents. FSU is 14-3 against Top 25 teams, with
    losses coming to then-#7 Florida (two) and then-#13 Wichita State.




    The FSU season record for batting average of .337 set in 1980 could be in
    jeopardy if the Seminole keep slugging. Their current batting average is
    .336. Currently, the ‘Noles average of 12.0 hits per game is the best in
    school history. The Tribe’s current ERA of 2.68 would rank sixth on the FSU
    season charts if the year ended today.




    The Seminoles 34-3 start is the best record through 37 games in Mike
    Martin’s tenure (since 1980).




    John Halliday is riding a nine-game hitting streak in which he is batting
    .581 (18-for-31) with eight RBI.




    Kevin Cash is batting .360 (9-for-25) in his last seven games and has
    knocked seven RBI during that time.




    Collectively, all FSU newcomers (freshmen & transfers) are batting .346
    which is 10 points above the team average, have knocked in 167 RBI (53
    percent) and 28 home runs (52 percent).




    Team Notes

    Florida State has not been shutout for 193 consecutive games since a 2-0
    loss to Clemson on May 6, 1996. The Seminoles have posted 12 shutouts
    against opponents during that time.




    FSU is averaging 12.0 hits per game and have out-hit opponents in 33 of
    37 games.




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




    Seminole Veterans vs. Clemson
    Avg. G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO
    Cash .158 7 19 2 3 2 0 1 0 2 6
    Diaz .364 3 11 4 4 1 1 0 1 1 1
    Groves .222 3 9 1 2 2 1 0 0 1 0
    Jernigan .167 3 12 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 5
    Klosterman .429 6 14 2 6 4 2 0 2 2 4


    W-L ERA APP IP H R ER BB SO SV
    Chavez 2-1 0.77 7 23.1 10 2 2 8 22 0
    DiBlasi 0-0 3.00 1 3.0 2 2 1 0 1 1
    Z. Diaz 0-0 9.46 6 6.2 9 7 7 4 3 1
    McDonald 0-0 3.52 1 7.2 6 3 3 1 9 0
    Stocks 1-0 0.00 1 7.0 8 2 0 5 8 0



    Clemson Starters vs. FSU in ’98

  • RHP Ryan Mottl won a 2-1 decision over FSU’s Wes Crawford in the first
    game of the series at Clemson last year.


    W-L IP H R ER BB SO
    Mottl 1-0 8.1 4 1 1 4 1
    Crawford 0-1 8.0 10 2 2 2 2

  • RHP Jon McDonald fanned nine batters in 7.2 IP in a no-decision in the
    second game in 1998. Brian Adams struck out eight in the 5-4 win.


    W-L IP H R ER BB SO
    Adams 1-0 8.0 5 3 3 0 8
    McDonald 0-0 7.2 6 3 3 1 9

  • RHP Nick Stocks struck out eight in 7.0 IP and did not allow an earned
    run in a 7-2 decision over Clemson in the final game of the series. Skip
    Browing left the game after just an inning and took the loss.


    W-L IP H R ER BB SO
    Stocks 1-0 7.0 8 2 0 5 8
    Browning 0-1 1.0 1 1 0 3 1


  • Hitting Streaks
    Current Season Career
    Barthemely 0 3 3
    Cash 5 8 8
    M. Diaz 13 14 15
    Futrell 3 3 3
    Griffin 5 7 7
    Groves 0 5 15
    Halliday 9 9 9
    Hart 1 4 4
    Huguet 0 0 0
    Jernigan 0 4 12
    Klosterman 0 20 20
    McDougall 28 28 28
    Scott 0 6 6
    Smith 0 4 4
    Spano 1 2 2


    Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games
    Multi-Hit Multi-RBI
    Games Games
    Ryan Barthelemy 4 3
    Kevin Cash 10 8
    Matt Diaz 20 16
    Michael Futrell 5 2
    John-Ford Griffin 4 1
    Brett Groves 9 2
    John Halliday 15 11
    Chris Hart 1 2
    J.C. Huguet 0 0
    Karl Jernigan 5 4
    Jeremiah Klosterman 12 12
    Marshall McDougall 20 11
    Sam Scott 9 5
    Chris Smith 5 3
    Bobby Spano 1 0


    Season Honors & Awards
    Matt Diaz
    ACC Player of the Week (2/15, 3/15, 4/5)
    Hormel Foods Classic All-Tournament Team
    Jeremiah Klosterman
    Hormel Foods Classic All-Tournament Team
    ACC Player of the Week (3/22)
    Marshall McDougall
    ACC Player of the Week (2/22)
    Hormel Foods Classic MVP
    Easton Silver Stick Award
    (Highest batting avg. at the Hormel Classic)
    Nick Stocks
    Hormel Foods Classic All-Tournament Team
    ACC Pitcher of the Week (3/22)


    Last Home Runs for FSU
    Player Opponent Games Since
    M. Diaz Jacksonville (4/7) 0
    Klosterman Wake Forest (4/3) 2
    Futrell Wake Forest (4/3) 2
    Groves Wake Forest (4/2) 3
    Jernigan Mercer (3/30) 4
    McDougall N. Carolina (3/28) 5
    Hart N. Carolina (3/28) 5
    Scott N. Carolina (3/26) 7
    Halliday NC State (3/19) 12
    Cash Virginia (3/14) 15
    Smith Troy State (2/13) 29
    Grand Slams: McDougall 1 (last 1/30).


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