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Top-Ranked FSU Looks For 16th Straight Win Over Jacksonville

April 11, 2000


#1 FLORIDA STATE (35-5)

* After losing six of seven to Miami in 1999, FSU swept the Hurricanes in
Tallahassee for the first time since 1993 over the weekend. The Seminoles
won a 5-4 contest on Sunday with Chris Smith knocking in Mike Futrell in
the bottom of the ninth.

* Friday night’s game was a record setter as FSU pulled out a 14-13 victory
in 17 innings. The records were: longest game, 64 at bats for FSU as a
team, eight pitching appearances, two-team total of 32 strikeouts and nine
at bats for Marshall McDougall and Karl Jernigan. The Seminoles trailed
9-0 midway through the fifth, 11-7 with two outs in the ninth and 13-11
heading into the bottom of the 17th.

* Sophomore John-Ford Griffin leads the Seminoles at the plate with a .451
batting average. Griffin has hit safely in 38 of FSU’s 40 games and is
currently riding a 22-game hitting streak. He has two or more hits in 25
games this season.

* Chris Smith regained the home run lead with his tenth of the season on
Sunday. Ryan Barthelemy (9) and McDougall (7) follow Smith. Barthelemy
leads the team with 56 RBI and McDougall leads the Tribe with 53 runs
scored.

* Through 40 games, FSU has been impressive both on the mound and at the
plate. The pitching staff boasts a 2.93 ERA and has recorded 385 K’s (9.6
per game). The Seminoles lead the ACC with a .343 team batting average and
are scoring 9.8 runs per game.

* The Seminoles maintained the No. 1 ranking in all three polls this week
and have held down the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll for
nine straight weeks.

* In ACC play, FSU (9-3) trails only Ga. Tech (10-2) in the standings.


JACKSONVILLE (25-13)

The Dolphins ended a four-game losing streak with a three-game road sweep
of Campbell over the weekend. RHP Bryan Williams (2-2, 5.88 ERA) will make
his eighth start of the season Wednesday. Chad Oliva (.366, 6 HR, 52 RBI)
and Troy Veleber (.356, 10 2B, 27 SB) lead JU at the plate.


SERIES INFORMATION

The Seminoles lead the all-time series 85-29, dating back to 1964. FSU has
won 15 straight against JU, including a 12-6 win at Jacksonville a week
ago. The Dolphins last win came in 1994 in Jacksonville (3-0). FSU beat
JU twice in 1999 during the regular season (8-6 & 25-2) and once in NCAA
Regional play in Tallahassee (9-2). Mike Martin is 47-16 all-time vs. JU.


RADIO AND TELEVISION

Wednesday’s 6:00 p.m. game will be not televised. The game will be carried
live on Sports Radio 1270 (WNLS-AM). Lee Bowen (play-by-play) and Jim
Crosby (color) begin coverage 15 minutes prior to game time. Broadcasts
are also available via the internet at www.wnls.com.

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