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Top-Ranked FSU Baseball Prepares For Virginia

March 30, 2000


Saturday & Sunday, April 1-2

University of Virginia Baseball Field (2,300)


#1 FLORIDA STATE (29-4 7-2 ACC)

  • With three straight shutouts against Maryland on Thursday, Friday and
    Saturday, the Tribe maintained the No. 1 ranking in this week’s ESPN/USA
    Today Coaches’ Poll for the seventh straight week. The Seminoles regained
    the top ranking according to Baseball America and moved up one spot to No.
    2 in Collegiate Baseball.
  • The Seminoles have now won five straight after defeating Mercer 15-5 on
    Tuesday. FSU shutout Maryland in a three-game series in Tallahassee last
    weekend (no other ACC team has ever accomplished the feat in a three-game
    series). The last time FSU shut out an opponent in all three games of a
    three-game series was March 11-13, 1971 vs. Lafayette. The Seminole
    pitching staff went 34 innings before giving up a pair of runs to Merer in
    the third inning on Tuesday.
  • Sophomore John-Ford Griffin leads the Seminoles at the plate with a .462
    batting average. Griffin has hit safely in 31 of FSU’s 33 games and is
    currently riding a 15-game hitting streak. He has two or more hits in 20
    games this season.
  • Through 33 games, FSU has been impressive both on the mound and at the
    plate. The pitching staff boasts a 2.83 ERA and has 316 K’s (9.6 per game)
    against just 110 walks for a ratio of 2.9:1. The Seminoles are hitting
    .342 as a team and averaging 9.9 runs per game.
  • No regular FSU starter is hitting below .300 with four at .350+ (Griffin,
    Smith, Groves & Jernigan). Nine Seminoles have scored 20+ runs and eight
    have 20+ RBI.
  • John Halliday (.298, 10 HR in ’99) has returned to the lineup after an
    abdominal injury and hit his first home run of the season on Tuesday.


    VIRGINIA (14-15-1, 2-4 ACC)

    Virginia is 14-15-1 on the season after losing to Virginia Tech on
    Wednesday. The Cavaliers lost two of three to Wake Forest in ACC play last
    weekend and beat Richmond 11-2 on Tuesday. LHP Brandon Creswell is
    scheduled to throw for UVa Saturday with RHP Kevin Shrout and LHP Will
    Parker getting the call in Sunday’s doubleheader.


    SERIES INFORMATION

    FSU leads the all-time series 24-6, dating back to 1972. The Seminoles
    have won eight straight in the series with the Virginia’s last win coming
    in 1997 in Tallahassee. FSU head coach Mike Martin is 22-6 all-time versus
    the Cavaliers. Last year, the Tribe won three games at Dick Howser Stadium
    by scores of 10-3, 2-1 and 11-3.


    RADIO AND TELEVISION

    Saturday’s 1:00 p.m. game is the first ACC Game of the Week this season and
    will be carried by Fox Sports South (also picked up by Sunshine) with Mike
    Goldberg (play-by-play) and Wes Durham (color) handling the commentary.
    All three games will be carried live on Sports Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee
    Bowen begins coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Broadcasts are also
    available via the internet at www.wnls.com.

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