April 3, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. – John-Ford Griffin, a junior from Sarasota, Fla., earned ACC Player of the Week honors this week following a an impressive performance over the span of five games in which the Seminoles won four. Griffin hit .421, 8-for-19, including three doubles, while knocking in four runs. FSU claimed the honor for the second-straight week, after Karl Jernigan was named the conference’s top player last week.
Griffin started the week off with a 2-for-4 performance with a run scored against The Citadel. He kept his average at .500 by going 2-for-4 in the second game of the two game series. After bumping his team-leading batting average up to .500 for the season, he had his best game of the week, going 3-for-4 against Wake Forest in the Seminoles’ 12-3 win. Griffin knocked in three runs and scored two with two doubles, moving his average for the week to .421.
Griffin is hitting .480 for the season, with 59 hits, including 16 doubles through 33 games. He has knocked in 43 runs while equaling his career-high with nine round-trippers. The Seminoles’ hitting leader is 21-for-48 in conference play this season, with six doubles and 16 RBI. Griffin has already had a 13-game hitting streak this season, and has tallied a hit in 29 of 33 games this season.
With his recent efforts in the conference series with Wake Forest, Griffin has bettered his career batting average to .428, 28-percentage points above the current FSU career batting average leader, Bob Clem (.410). Griffin’s .480 average would stand as the Garnet and Gold’s highest single season batting average, an honor currently held by Griffin with a .436 average in his freshman campaign.