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Florida State Takes on Miami
FSU baseball coach <BR>Mike Martin needs <BR>one win for 1,000 <BR>victories. (file photo)

FSU baseball coach
Mike Martin needs
one win for 1,000
victories. (file photo)

April 2, 1998

April 3 & 4 * 7:00 p.m.
April 5 * 1:00 p.m.
Dick Howser Stadium * Tallahassee, FL

THE SEMINOLES: Florida State is 30-8, 9-1 ACC and has won 19 of its last 20 games.

  • FSU is 12-5 vs. ranked teams including wins over No. 4 Florida and No. 6 Arizona State.
  • Eleven of FSU's 38 games have been decided by two runs or less and the Seminoles are 8-3 in these games. FSU has held opponents to two runs or less in14 games this season.
  • The Seminoles are 23-2 when they commit one or no errors, but are 7-6 with two or more errors.
  • FSU's seven shutouts are the most since the 1995 season.
  • The Seminoles are 24-3 in their last 27 games.
  • The Seminoles have scored eight or more runs in their last 17 of their last 20 games.
  • Mike Martin needs just one win to become the 19th coach in Division I baseball history to win 1,000 games.

ON THE MOUND: RHP Jon McDonald (6-2, 3.35 ERA) has won six straight starts and will take the mound on Friday night. RHP Nick Stocks (2-0, 1.32 ERA), who will start Saturday, has fanned 25 batters in 18 1/3 innings in his three starts this season. LHP Wes Crawford (5-1, 3.26 ERA) will take the mound on Sunday. Crawford struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven innings in a 13-3 win over Mercer on Tuesday.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: Miami enters the three-game series with a 28-4 record and ranked #1 in Collegiate Baseball and The Sporting News. UM is ranked No. 2 in the ESPN/Baseball Weekly Coaches Top 25 and No. 3 in Baseball America's poll. The Hurricanes are batting .353 and have posted a 3.68 team ERA. Aubrey Huff leads UM with a .438 average, 10 HR and 43 RBI. Jason Michaels is batting .400 with 15 HR and 47 RBI. RHP Alex Santos (7-0, 2.44 ERA) will start on Friday and RHP Darryl Roque (7-0, 2.08 ERA) will take the mound on Saturday. The Hurricanes will start either RHP Todd Ozias (2-0, 2.73 ERA) or RHP David Gil (3-2, 4.35 ERA) on Sunday.

RADIO: Sportsradio 1270 AM (WNLS). Play-by-play: Lee Bowen, Jim Crosby. You can also access the games live on the internet at www.polaris.net/~osceola or www.sportsworld.com.

TELEVISION: Sunday, April 5th. Sunshine Network. Talent: Gene Deckerhoff, Tom Block.

TICKETS: General Admission only. Adults-$5, Children 18 & under-$3, FSU Students with valid ID are free.

FSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
 C   #12  Jeremy Salazar  Sr.   R/R   (.384, 10 HR, 50 RBI)
1B   #13  Kevin Cash      So.   R/R   (.318, 4 HR, 29 RBI)
or   #15  Matt Woodward   Sr.   R/R   (.268, 0 HR, 9 RBI)
2B   #7   Brooks Badeaux  Sr.   S/R   (.267, 0 HR, 17 RBI)
SS   #1   Brett Groves    Fr.   S/R   (.271, 1 HR, 23 RBI)
3B   #5   Jose Zabala     Sr.   S/R   (.375, 0 HR, 21 RBI)
LF   #9   Karl Jernigan   Fr.   S/R   (.310, 3 HR, 18 RBI)
CF   #27  Brian Cox       Sr.   R/R   (.388, 7 HR, 46 RBI)
RF   #32  Matt Diaz       Fr.   R/R   (.323, 9 HR, 37 RBI)
DH   #17  Terry Henderson Sr.   R/R   (.333, 2 HR, 19 RBI)

RHP #41 Jon McDonald Fr. (6-2, 3.35 ERA, 51.0 IP, 52 K) RHP #30 Nick Stocks Fr. (2-0, 1.32 ERA, 27.1 IP, 35 K) LHP #24 Wes Crawford So. (5-1, 3.26 ERA, 60.2 IP, 44 K)

SEMINOLE SKIPPER MIKE MARTIN
Career/FSU Record:
999-338-3 (19th year)
ACC Record: 111-44 (7th year)
Conference Championships: 13
2 ACC ('95, '97), 11 Metro ('80, '81, '83-'91)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 18
College World Series Appearances: 9
50+ Win Seasons: 16

ON THE WAY TO 1,000 Head coach Mike Martin needs just one victory to become the 18th coach in NCAA Division I Baseball history to win 1,000 games. Norm DeBriyn (Arkansas) and Les Murakami (Hawaii) both got their 1000th earlier this season. Richard Jones (Illinois)is also expected to win his 1,000th game this season. With only 19 seasons under his belt, he will be the second fastest Division I coach to reach 1,000 victories. Only Gene Stephenson of Wichita State reached 1,000 faster -- in just 18 seasons. Former Texas head coach Cliff Gustafson, who ranks first on the all-time victories list with 1,427, got his 1,000th in 20 seasons. With a .745 winning percentage, Martin ranks second, only to Stephenson (.765), on the Division I Winningest Active Baseball Coaches list. He is the ninth winningest coach in Division I history.

FSU vs. MIAMI SERIES NOTES

  • Florida State leads 103-86-3 in a series that began in 1951.
  • Mike Martin's first win of his 999 was at Miami, a 9-8 victory on February 24, 1980.
  • Tonight is the 192nd meeting of the series.
  • FSU and Miami met six times last season. UM took four of the six games. The Seminoles won both Sunday games of the home-and-home series.
  • UM head coach Jim Morris is a former assistant coach of Mike Martin. Morris wore the Garnet & Gold in Martin's first two seasons, 1980 & 1981.
  • UM assistant coach Lazer Collazo was the Seminoles pitching coach in 1992.
  • FSU assistant coach Chip Baker and UM assistant coach Turtle Thomas are both alumni of High Point University in North Carolina.

              FSU   Miami
Wins          103   86   (3 ties)
at FSU         56   39   (1 tie)
at Miami       43   46   (2 ties)
at Omaha        2    1
Neutral Site    2    0

Runs 1081 951 One Run Wins 23 27 at FSU 12 11 at Miami 10 15 at Omaha 0 1 Neutral Site 1 0

Two Run Wins 8 11 at FSU 5 3 at Miami 3 7 at Omaha 0 1 Neutral Site 0 0

Shutout Wins 10 5 at FSU 6 0 at Miami 3 5 Neutral Site 1 0

Extra Inn. Wins 4 7 at FSU 3 3 at Miami 1 4

FSU VETERANS LIFETIME VS. MIAMI Avg. GM AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO Badeaux .389 15 54 11 21 12 2 2 0 10 7 Salazar .350 10 20 5 7 2 0 0 0 3 4 Zabala .250 13 24 2 6 4 2 0 0 1 1 Cox .250 6 16 3 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 Cash .143 4 7 1 1 2 0 0 1 3 5 Klosterman .125 5 14 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 4 Henderson .231 6 13 2 3 3 1 0 0 2 4 Woodward .111 10 18 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 7

ERA W-L APP GS IP H R ER BB SO SV Proctor 0.00 0-0 1 0 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Chavez 5.40 1-0 3 2 10.0 13 8 6 8 12 0 Diaz 7.15 0-1 4 1 11.1 16 9 9 5 7 1 Bentley 8.11 0-0 1 0 3.1 4 3 3 2 5 0 DiBlasi 18.00 1-0 2 0 1.0 0 2 2 3 0 0

POLL AFTER POLL AFTER POLL
The Florida State baseball program has been ranked in Collegiate Baseball for 144 consecutive weeks, the most of any ACC school. The last time the Seminoles were not ranked in that publication was May 2, 1988.

Consecutive Weeks Ranked
Collegiate Baseball - 144

FSU IN THE RANKINGS
Date         BA   CB   BW   TSN
Preseason    25   23   19   22
February 2    -    -    -   24
February 9   22   21   23   21
February 16  NR   22   24   25
February 23  NR   25   NR   25
March 2      NR   25   25   21
March 9      23   19   20   19
March 16     21   12   15   15
March 23     15    8   11    9
March 30     13    7    8   10

ACC HONORS
Florida State players has captured five ACC Player/Pitcher of the Week honors this season. CF Brian Cox is the latest to earn the honor with a .550 average, 2 HR and 11 RBI for the week of 3/31. Catcher Jeremy Salazar garnered the honor for 3/24 with a .444 average, eight RBI and two HR. DH Terry Henderson grabbed Player of the Week honors with a .667 (12-for-18) average, two home runs and 14 RBI during the week of 3/15. RHP Chris Chavez earned Pitcher of the Week honors for his no-hitter vs. Charleston Southern on 2/18 and LHP Wes Crawford garnered the award for wins over No. 6 Arizona State and No. 20 Hawaii.

COMEBACK PLAYERS
Florida State has two players in the running for Comeback Player of the Year honors. Right-handed pitchers Jon McDonald and Nick Stocks both underwent "Tommy John" surgery last year and had to redshirt in their first year. However, after months of hard work and rehabilitation, both McDonald and Stocks have worked their way into the Seminole starting rotation. McDonald has won his last six starts and has posted a 6-2 record and 3.35 ERA this season. (His two losses were in relief.) Stocks started his first game against Morehead State and struck out nine batters in six innings. He has fanned 25 batters in 18.1 innings in three starts this season.

WHO'S HOT

  • CF Brian Cox batted .550 with 11 runs, 11 RBI, five doubles and two home runs last week. Cox has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games. He is batting .430 (37-for-86) with 34 RBI in his last 24 games.
  • Catcher Jeremy Salazar broke an 11-game hitting streak with an 0-for-1 outing vs. Mercer on 4/1. He batted .444 (20-for-44) with 19 RBI during the streak. He belted a home run in five straight games, but the streak ended vs. Maryland on 3/28. He has hit safely in 27 of his last 29 games and is batting .435 (47-for-109) with 47 RBI in the last 29 games.
  • Freshman rightfielder Matt Diaz ended a 15-game hitting streak with an 0-for-3 outing on 3/28. Diaz batted .411 (23-for-56) with 20 RBI during the 15-game streak. He is batting .373 (25-for-67) with 22 RBI in his last 18 games.
  • Brooks Badeaux is batting .288 (19-for-66) with 14 RBI in his last 16 games. He is riding a nine-game hitting streak in which he is batting .361 (13-for-36) with 10 RBI.
  • Kevin Cash is batting .423 (11-for-26) with six RBI in the last nine games. He has eight multi-RBI games and 11 multi-hit games as well. He belted a career high three hits and five RBI vs. Charleston Southern on 2/18.

NOTING THE SEMINOLES

  • Zach Diaz has three wins in relief vs. Ohio State, Hawaii and Wake Forest. He threw 4 1/3 shutout innings and struck out three batters vs. Wake Forest on 3/15.
  • Freshman shortstop Brett Groves broke a 16-game hitting streak with an 0-for-3 performance vs. Florida Atlantic on 3/25. Groves is batting .219 (7-for-32) in the last nine games. He batted .371 (23-for-62) with 15 RBI, six doubles and a home run during the streak and is batting .333 (26-for-78) in his last 21 games.
  • Terry Henderson is batting .250 (4-for-16) with four RBI over his last seven games. He batted .667 (12-for-18) with 14 RBI in six games over spring break. His four hits and six RBI vs. Wake Forest on 3/14 were career-highs.
  • Karl Jernigan has hit safely in 16 of his last 21 games. He is 0-for-6 in the last two games, but is batting .267 (4-for-15) in the last four games. The Seminoles are 18-2 when Jernigan is in the starting lineup. He batted .400 (18-for-45) with two doubles, triple, two home runs and 11 RBI during as 12-game hitting streak that was broken on 3/13.
  • George Otero is batting .222 (6-for-27) with four RBI in his last 16 games.
  • Matt Woodward is 11-for-41 (.268) with five RBI in his last 22 games.
  • Jose Zabala is 25-for-61 (.410) in his last 17 games and broke a seven-game hitting streak vs. Florida Atlantic on 3/24. Zabala is batting .500 (13-for-26) with six RBI in the last five games. He has scored a run in 29 of 38 games this season.

A COMPARISION WITH LAST YEAR
This year's team may not have been very highly touted, however, they are on pace for another great season despite a tougher schedule. Here's a comparison of the 1997 and 1998 clubs:

                        1998   1997
Overall Record          30-8  28-10
ACC Record               9-1    9-5
Games vs. Ranked Teams    17     13
Record vs. Ranked Teams 12-5    9-4
Games Away from Home      18      9
Record Away from Home   12-6    5-4

SEMINOLE BASEBALL BY THE NUMBERS

  • 50 Winning Seasons
  • 15 CWS Appearances
  • 35 NCAA Regional or District Appearances
  • 20 Consecutive Appearances in NCAA Regionals
  • 15 Conference Championships
  • 16 50-Win Seasons
  • 13 First-Round Draft Picks

NEW FACES IN LAST YEAR'S DRAFT
Four freshmen in this year's class were selected in last June's Major League Draft. FSU's original recruiting class boasted three first-rounders and a second-round pick, but each signed professional contracts.

Brett Groves    6th  Atlanta Braves
Karl Jernigan  15th  Texas Rangers
Mike Smalley   23rd  Pittsburgh Pirates
Jason Hubbard  36th  Cincinnati Reds

PROCTOR SHUTS 'EM DOWN
Junior righthander Scott Proctor been exceptional in relief this season. He earned his last save as he retired the final two batters in a 7-5 win over FAU. He earned his second victory as he struck of four batters, including fanning the side in the 10th, in FSU's 6-5 extra-inning win over Duke. Proctor earned a save vs. Florida in FSU's 9-7 win over the Gators and struck out the final two batters vs. Wake Forest as the Seminoles edged the Demon Deacons, 12-11. Here's a look at Proctor's stats in relief:

ERA   W-L   APP   SV     IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO
1.17  2-0    14    3   15.1   4   2    2   11   19

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