May 10, 1999
By BART JANSEN
Associated Press Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md.–Marshall McDougall went beyond where he thought he’d ever be – a couple of
NCAA records will do that – when he hit six consecutive homers in Florida
State’s 26-2 rout of Maryland.
The second baseman’s homers and his 16 RBIs each set NCAA records on Sunday
in College Park, Md. His astounding 7-for-7 performance set school and Atlantic
Coast Conference records.
“It’s already passed my goal for the year,” said McDougall, a junior.
“I’m having fun.”
He broke the NCAA single-game home run mark set by Henry Rochelle of
Campbell, who hit five against Radford in 1985. Rochelle went 8-for-8 in a 38-0
win over Radford, driving in 10 runs and scoring eight.
The RBIs record was 14 by Louisville’s Jim LaFountain against Western
Kentucky in 1976.
By late in the game, McDougall’s teammates and the 247 fans who attended the
game at Shipley Field were cheering for him to hit another one out. And
“It was a great feeling because everyone was rooting for me,” McDougall
said. “Seeing my teammates react and the fans react, it was great.
“They were laughing and jumping around. They couldn’t believe it.”
No major league player has ever hit more than four homers in a game, not
even in extra innings. Nine major leaguers have hit four homers in a
nine-inning game, the last being Mark Whiten of St. Louis – against Cincinnati
The major league record for RBIs is 12 by Whiten – in the same game in which
he had four homers – and Jim Bottomley, who did it for St. Louis in 1924.
After his base hit, McDougall had a solo homer in the second inning, a
three-run shot in the fourth, a two-run homer to left in the sixth, a three-run
shot in the seventh, a grand slam in the eighth and a three-run shot in the
ninth. All of the homers went out to left or center in a field where the fences
measure 320 feet down the left field line and 355 to center.
“Luckily, we had people on base, so they couldn’t walk me,” he said. “My
teammates came through for me.”
McDougall leads the ACC with 23 homers. The highly ranked Seminoles had nine
home runs during the game, with Kevin Cash, Ryan Barthemely and Sam Scott
hitting the others.
McDougall has played baseball since he was 5, encouraged by his father, a
former softball player. This is his first year at FSU, after playing two
seasons at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla.
He hit three homers as a freshman and nine as a sophomore.
As a Seminole, he has already had two earlier multiple-homer games. He hit
two against North Carolina-Asheville, and three against Miami.
“I just go up there and try to make good contact,” said McDougall, who
hopes to become a major leaguer.
Nick Stocks (9-1) earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits. For
Maryland, Jamie Hammond (4-3) gave up 10 runs and 13 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Marshall McDougall Records
(5/9/99 – FSU 26, Maryland 2)
7-for-7, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 25 Total Bases
NCAA Record 6 Home Runs in a Game
NCAA Record 16 RBI in a Game
8th Inning – Grand Slam to left
9th Inning – HR to center, 3 RBI