April 6, 2000 - by
Top-Ranked Seminoles Set For CWS Title Game Rematch

April 6, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With two wins at Virginia and a mid-week win over Mercer last week, FSU
took over the No. 1 ranking in all three polls. The Seminoles have held
down the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll for eight straight
weeks.

FSU defeated Jacksonville 12-6 on Wednesday as freshman Robby Read (2-0)
held the Dolphins hitless through six innings in just his second career
start. Karl Jernigan (4-for-5), Ryan Barthelemy (3-for-6) and Chris Smith
(3-for-4) led the Seminole offensive attack.

At the halfway point of the ACC schedule, FSU is second with a 9-3
conference mark. Georgia Tech is on top with a 7-2 ACC record. Five ACC
teams are currently ranked among the Top 25 (FSU, Georgia Tech, Clemson,
Wake Forest and UNC).

Sophomore John-Ford Griffin leads the Seminoles at the plate with a .450
batting average. Griffin has hit safely in 35 of FSU’s 37 games and is
currently riding a 19-game hitting streak. He has two or more hits in 22
games this season.

Chris Smith took over the home run lead with his ninth at JU, breaking a
tie at eight with Barthelemy. Marshall McDougall and Pichi Balet are next
with six apiece. Barthelemy leads the team with 51 RBI and McDougall leads
the Tribe with 48 runs scored.

Through 37 games, FSU has been impressive both on the mound and at the
plate. The pitching staff boasts a 2.85 ERA and has recorded 343 K’s (9.3
per game). The Seminoles are hitting .342 as a team and averaging 9.7 runs
per game.

Blair Varnes returns to the rotation after missing his start at Virginia.


#12 MIAMI (24-9-1)
The Hurricanes are ranked No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll with a
24-9-1 record on the season. UM will start RHP David Gil (5-1, 2.55 ERA)
on Friday, LHP Brian Walker (5-1, 2.53 ERA) on Saturday and Enrique
Bengochea (4-1, 2.14 ERA) on Sunday. Offensively, 3B Kevin Howard (.427,
26 RBI) and 1B Kevin Brown (.400, 4 HR, 24 RBI) lead UM.


SERIES INFORMATION
FSU leads the all-time series 106-96-3, dating back to 1951. FSU has
played the Hurricanes more often than any other opponent. The Seminoles
lost six of seven to UM last season, including a 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes
in the CWS title game. Five of FSU’s six losses came by one run. The two
teams have been playing a pair of three-game sets since 1980.


RADIO AND TELEVISION
Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. game will be televised by Sunshine Network with Gene
Deckerhoff (play-by-play) and Link Jarrett (color) handling 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.

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