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Top-Ranked Seminoles Set To Swim With The Dolphins

April 4, 2000


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With two wins at Virginia and a mid-week win over Mercer, 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 won two of three over the weekend at Virginia, dropping the first
game of Sunday’s doubleheader by a score of 2-1. Pichi Balet hit two home
runs in Charlottesville with his first, a three-run blast, the difference
in Saturday’s 9-6 Florida State win.

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 .455
batting average. Griffin has hit safely in 34 of FSU’s 36 games and is
currently riding an 18-game hitting streak. He has two or more hits in 22
games this season.

Eight of FSU’s nine regular starters are hitting .326 or better. Ryan
Barthelemy and Chris Smith are tied for the team home run lead at eight
with Marshall McDougall and Pichi Balet next with six apiece. Barthelemy
leads the team with 47 RBI and McDougall leads the Tribe with 45 runs
scored.

Through 36 games, FSU has been impressive both on the mound and at the
plate. The pitching staff boasts a 2.88 ERA and has recorded 335 K’s (9.3
per game). The Seminoles are hitting .340 as a team and averaging 9.7 runs
per game.


JACKSONVILLE (22-12, 8-6 TAAC)
After losing three games to Central Florida over the weekend by a total of
eight runs (4-1, 7-3 & 3-2), Jacksonville is 22-12 on the season. RHP
Marcus Bell (6-4, 2.41) will get the start for JU on the mound on
Wednesday. The Dolphins are led offensively by catcher Chad Oliva, who is
hitting .398 with six home runs and 49 RBI.


SERIES INFORMATION
FSU leads the all-time series 84-29, dating back to 1964. The Seminoles
have won 14 straight against JU. 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 46-16 all-time versus the Dolphins.


RADIO AND TELEVISION
Wednesday’s 7:00 p.m. game will be televised by Sunshine Network with Gene
Deckerhoff (play-by-play) and Link Jarrett (color) handling the commentary.
The game 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.


PROBABLE STARTERS

PosNoPlayerYrB/T
C#32Blair McCalebSo.R/R.326, 22 Runs, 19 RBI
1B#27Ryan BarthelemySo.L/R.326, 8 HR, 47 RBI
2B#31Marshall McDougallSr.R/R.326, 6 HR, 45 Runs
SS#1Brett GrovesJr.R/R.362, 3 HR, 36 RBI
3B#18Pichi BaletJr.R/R.326, 6 HR, 33 RBI
LF/C#8Mike FutrellSo.R/R.304, 3 HR, 36 RBI
CF#9Karl JerniganJr.R/R.343, 4 HR, 39 Runs
RF#15Chris SmithSo.L/L.405, 8 HR, 42 RBI
OF/DH#39John-Ford GriffinSo.L/L.455, 3 HR, 29 RBI
DH/1B#33John HallidaySr.L/L.167, 1 HR, 4 RBI
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RHP#30Robby ReadFr.1-0, 4.76 ERA, 16K

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