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Top-Ranked Seminoles Host Wake Forest

April 1, 1999



#1 Florida State vs. #19 Wake Forest

  • April 2 & 3 – 7:00 p.m.
  • April 4 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Dick Howser Stadium – Tallahassee, FL


    The Seminoles: Top-ranked Florida State (30-3, 9-0 ACC) will play a Top 25
    ACC team for the third consecutive weekend when they host No. 19 Wake
    Forest (19-7, 6-2 ACC) this weekend.


    * FSU has won 16 straight games and
    has a consensus No. 1 ranking by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and
    Baseball Weekly/ESPN. In fact, the 40 voting coaches gave the Seminoles
    every first-place vote in this week’s Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25.

    * 2B
    Marshall McDougall is riding a 24-game hitting streak in which he is
    batting .403 (42-for-104) with 35 RBI.

    * RF Matt Diaz has hit safely in 14
    of the last 16 games and is batting .403 (29-for-72) with 24 RBI during
    that span. He has hit safely in 29 of 33 games this year.

    * C Jeremiah
    Klosterman is riding a 17-game hitting streak and is batting .421
    (24-for-57) with 15 RBI during that span.

    * 1B John Halliday is day-to-day
    with a groin injury and will most likely return for the Wake Forest series
    on Friday.

    * FSU is batting .332, has hit 50 home runs while averaging
    9.2 runs per game.

    * The Seminole pitching staff has posted a 2.61 ERA and
    opponents are batting just .217 against FSU. The staff is averaging 10.2
    strikeouts per game.

    * FSU has allowed double-digit hits by opponents only
    seven times this season.

    * FSU fielders are averaging .962 and have posted
    17 games with one or no errors.

    * FSU has won 18 of its 33 games by a 5+
    run margin and has held opponents to three runs or less in 18 of 33 games.

    * Head coach Mike Martin is in his 20th season as the Seminoles skipper,
    collecting a 1,052-353-3 record over the past 20 years.


    Series Information: The Seminoles lead the series 40-10 since 1962.
    FSU is 22-5 against the Demon Deacons since joining the ACC in 1992. The
    Seminoles are 18-3 vs. WFU during the regular season and have won 10
    consecutive games (since 1995) during the regular season schedule.


    Scouting the Opponent: Wake Forest (19-7, 6-2 ACC) enters the series with
    a No. 19 ranking by Baseball America. The Deacs are batting .316 with 38
    HR and have a 4.52 team ERA. Jon Palmieri leads Wake Forest with a .402
    average, 10 HR and 33 RBI. RHP Mike MacDougal (6-1, 1.92 ERA) is expected
    to start Friday’s game, LHP John Hendricks (4-3, 5.07 ERA) is slated to
    take the mound Saturday, and RHP Eric Schmitt (3-1, 5.17 ERA) will pitch 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.


    Television: Sunday, April 4th. Live on the Sunshine Network.
    Play-by-play: Gene Deckerhoff, Link Jarrett.


    Florida State Probable Starting Lineup

    Pos. No.  Player               Yr. B/T ('99 Statistics)
    C    #25  Jeremiah Klosterman  Sr. S/R (.369, 3 HR, 27 RBI)
    1B   #33  John Halliday        Jr. L/L (.330, 7 HR, 36 RBI)
    2B   #31  Marshall McDougall   Jr. R/R (.408, 12 HR, 49 RBI)
    SS   #1   Brett Groves         So. R/R (.248, 0 HR, 16 RBI)
    3B   #13  Kevin Cash           Jr. R/R (.302, 6 HR, 22 RBI)
    LF   #15  Chris Smith          Fr. S/L (.253, 1 HR, 11 RBI)
    or   #8   Mike Futrell         Fr. R/R (.311, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
    CF   #9   Karl Jernigan        So. S/R (.245, 3 HR, 17 RBI)
    RF   #32  Matt Diaz            So. R/R (.421, 11 HR, 45 RBI)
    DH   #22  Sam Scott            Jr. L/R (.330, 5 HR, 20 RBI)
    

    RHP #41 Jon McDonald So. (5-1, 2.84 ERA, 61 K, 50.2 IP) RHP #30 Nick Stocks So. (7-0, 2.49 ERA, 75 K, 61.1 IP) RHP #21 Blair Varnes Fr. (7-0, 2.09 ERA, 45 K, 56.0 IP)

    Who’s Hot…

  • Kevin Cash is batting .375 (21-for-56) during the last 16 games.

  • Matt Diaz has a hit in 14 of his last 16 games and is batting .403
    (29-for-72) with 22 RBI during that span. He is riding a nine-game hitting
    streak. Diaz has been a clutch hitter, batting .436 with RBI opportunities
    and .455 with runners on base.

  • Marshall McDougall leads FSU with 17 multi-hit games and 49 RBI. He is
    riding a 24-game hitting streak in which he is batting .403 (42-for-104).
    He has scored a run in every game but four this season. McDougall also
    leads FSU with 18 two-out RBI.

  • Mike Futrell is batting .303 (10-for-33) in his last 13 games.

  • Jeremiah Klosterman is batting .414 (24-for-58) with 15 RBI during his
    career-high 17-game hitting streak.

  • Sam Scott is 9-for-28 (.321) in his last 10 games
  • John Halliday is 14-for-30 (.467) in his last eight games with 12 RBI.

  • Karl Jernigan is 7-for-22 (.318) in his last nine games.



    Who’s Not…

  • Chris Hart is 3-for-18 (.167) in his last 12 games.

  • Bobby Spano is hitless in his last 12 at bats.

  • Brett Groves is batting .256 (10-for-39) in the last 10 games but four of
    his hits came against Akron on 3/24.

  • Chris Smith is 4-for-19 (.211) over his last nine games.


    Team Notes

  • Florida State has not been shutout for 189 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 11.8 hits per game and have out-hit opponents in 29 of
    33 games.

  • The Seminole pitching staff’s strikeout to walk ratio is 2.7 to 1.


    Hitting Streaks



    Current Season Career
    Barthemely 1 3 3
    Cash 1 8 8
    M. Diaz 9 14 15
    Futrell 0 3 3
    Griffin 2 7 7
    Groves 2 3 15
    Halliday 5 5 5
    Hart 0 4 4
    Huguet 0 0 0
    Jernigan 2 4 12
    Klosterman 17 17 17
    McDougall 24 24 24
    Scott 1 6 6
    Smith 0 4 4
    Spano 0 2 2

    Seminole Multi-Hit/Multi-RBI Games


    Multi-Hit Multi-RBI
    Games Games
    Ryan Barthelemy 4 3
    Kevin Cash 9 7
    Matt Diaz 16 14
    Michael Futrell 4 1
    John-Ford Griffin 4 1
    Brett Groves 9 2
    John Halliday 13 11
    Chris Hart 1 2
    J.C. Huguet 0 0
    Karl Jernigan 5 3
    Jeremiah Klosterman 11 10
    Marshall McDougall 17 11
    Sam Scott 9 5
    Chris Smith 5 2
    Bobby Spano 1 0


    Season Honors & Awards
    Matt Diaz

    ACC Player of the Week (2/15, 3/15)

    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)



    On the Mound…

    * Jon McDonald has held opponents to two or less unearned runs in six of
    his nine appearances and has eight or more strikeouts in five appearances.


    * Nick Stocks allowed more than three runs or six hits just once this
    season (vs. UNC). Stocks has 34 strikeouts in his last three starts and is
    averaging 11.0 strikeouts per game.

    * Blair Varnes has allowed just three walks in 56.0 IP. His strikeout to
    walk ratio is 15 to 1.

    * Sophomore LHP Mike Smalley has 14 strikeouts in his last two starts.

    * Freshman RHP Chris Smith is the first position player since Chris Roberts
    (1990-92) to also start on the mound. Roberts made 42 starts in his career
    as a Seminole before being drafted in the first round by the New York Mets.
    Smith struck out five in 5 2/3 innings in his first career win against
    Akron on 3/23.

    * Mike DiBlasi has struck out the side in four of his appearances and is
    averaging 16.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

    * Reliever Chris Ginn has given up just one run in his last seven
    appearances (9.2 IP).


    Looking Down the Road…

    * FSU’s team batting average of .332 would be the Seminoles best team
    batting average since 1986 (.325) if the season ended today.

    * The pitching staff’s 10.2 strikeouts per game projects over 700 total
    strikeouts for the season (figured on a 70 game season). Only the 1986
    pitching staff, which played 84 games, has totaled 700 K’s in a season
    (718) in FSU history.

    * FSU is on pace to hit over 100 home runs as a team for just the fifth
    time in history. The 1997 team was the last to do it with 114, but J.D.
    Drew (31) and Jeremy Morris (25) combined for 56 of them.


    Seminole Veterans vs. Wake Forest

                Avg.  G  AB  R  H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO
    Cash        .100  8  20  3  2  6   0  0  1  2  3
    Diaz        .280  6  25  3  7  4   0  0  1  1  4
    Groves      .346  6  26  4  9  2   2  0  0  1  5
    Jernigan    .273  6  22  5  6  4   2  0  0  1  5
    Klosterman  .300  5  10  2  3  2   0  0  1  1  3
    

    W-L ERA APP IP H R ER BB SO SV Chavez 1-1 6.75 6 18.2 26 15 14 10 17 0 DiBlasi 0-0 9.00 2 1.0 4 1 1 1 2 0 Z. Diaz 2-0 2.70 6 13.1 13 5 4 4 12 0 Ginn 0-0 0.00 2 4.0 1 0 0 2 4 0 McDonald 1-0 3.00 1 9.0 7 4 3 1 12 0 Stocks 0-1 1.13 1 8.0 8 2 1 4 7 0

    Wake Forest Starters vs. FSU in ’98


  • RHP Mike MacDougal started the first game of last year’s series, but gave
    up 10 runs on seven hits and seven walks in 5 1/3 innings in a 12-11 loss
    to FSU.


    LHP Wes Crawford got the win for FSU.

              W-L  IP  H  R ER BB SO
    MacDougal 0-1 5.1  7 10  6  7  3
    Crawford  1-0 6.0  8  6  5  3  2
    
  • RHP Jon McDonald pitched a complete-game and struck out a career-high 12
    batters in win vs. Wake’s Jeremy Ward in the second game of the series.

    W-L IP H R ER BB SO
    Ward 0-1 8.1 11 9 5 1 3
    McDonald 1-0 9.0 7 4 3 1 12

  • RHP Eric Schmitt and LHP John Hendricks both pitched vs. FSU in last
    year’s Sunday game, but lost the decision as Zach Diaz hurled 4 1/3 innings
    for FSU.

              W-L  IP H R ER BB SO
    Schmitt   0-0 4.1 6 4  4  3  2
    Hendricks 0-1 4.2 8 5  5  2  1
    Chavez    0-0 4.2 8 6  6  3  5
    Diaz      1-0 4.1 3 0  0  1  3
    
  • MacDougal faced Crawford for round two in the ACC Tournament and the
    Seminoles came out on top 14-11.

              W-L  IP H  R ER BB SO
    MacDougal 0-1 6.0 9 11  6  5  5
    Crawford  1-0 7.0 6  1  1  0  4
    
  • LHP John Hendricks faced RHP Nick Stocks in a classic pitcher’s duel in a
    2-1 Wake Forest win in the tournament.

              W-L  IP H R ER BB SO
    Hendricks 1-0 9.0 4 1  1  1  4
    Stocks    0-1 8.0 8 2  1  4  7
    
  • RHP Danny Borell hurled a complete-game six-hitter in a 6-3 win for the
    Deacons towin the ACC Championship.

            W-L  IP  H R ER BB SO
    Borrell 1-0 9.0  6 3  2  4  4
    Chavez  0-1 4.1 10 5  5  2  3
    

    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
    vs. Wichita St.    L   6.1  8  6  4  2  9
    Virginia           W   7.0  4  3  0  2  8
    at NC State        W   6.0  9  4  3  3  4
    North Carolina     W   6.1  6  6  2  4  9
    

    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
    at Minnesota       W   7.0  5  2  1  3  7
    Virginia           W   8.1  2  1  0  2 12
    at NC State        W   8.0  5  0  0  3 12
    North Carolina    ND   8.0  9  4  4  2 10
    

    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
    vs. Washington St. ND  5.0  6  3  0  1  5
    Virginia            W  6.0  5  1  1  0  5
    at NC State         W  7.0  6  1  1  1  5
    North Carolina      W  8.0  8  3  3  0  6
    


    Last Home Runs for FSU
    Player Opponent Games Since
    Jernigan Mercer (3/30) 0
    M. Diaz N. Carolina (3/28) 1
    McDougall N. Carolina (3/28) 1
    Klosterman N. Carolina (3/28) 1
    Hart N. Carolina (3/28) 1
    Scott N. Carolina (3/26) 3
    Halliday NC State (3/19) 8
    Cash Virginia (3/14) 11
    Futrell Charleston So. (2/16) 23
    Smith Troy State (2/13) 25

    Grand Slams: McDougall 1 (last 1/30).


    Noting FSU & Ranked Opponents


    * Florida State is 45-26 (.634) against Top 25 teams in the ACC since 1992
    and has won seven straight against ranked teams.

    * The Seminoles are 19-16 (.543) against ACC teams ranked in the Top 10.


    Diaz in Relief

    Senior left-hander Zach Diaz took the lead in the career relief
    appearances with a scoreless inning of relief against NC State. He now has
    95 relief outings and is second in appearances with 98.


    Florida State Career Relief Appearances

    95 Zach Diaz       1996-present
    92 Ricky Kimball   1988-91
    75 Philip Olson    1993-95
    70 John Nedeau     1990-93
    

    Florida State Career Appearances

    113 Ricky Kimball  1988-91
     98 Zach Diaz      1996-present
     90 Doug Little    1983-86
    

    Chavez Boasts Quite a “K”areer

    Senior righthander Chris Chavez sixth on the Top 10 Career Strikeout list
    and needs just nine more to tie for fifth. Chavez currently has 327
    strikeouts.


    Florida State Career Strikeouts

    520  Richie Lewis       1985-87
    417  Mike Loynd         1983-86
    391  Jonathan Johnson   1993-95
    370  Doug Little        1983-86
    336  Larry Jones        1974-77
    327  Chris Chavez       1996-present
    311  Gene Amman         1968-70
    
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