Former All-Met Ziegler headed to FSU

Old Mill right-hander accepts scholarship

April 07, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Mike Ziegler, an All-Metro pitcher at Old Mill in 1997 who is 12-1 at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, has orally committed to Florida State University, which has the nation's top-ranked college baseball team.

Ziegler, a 6-foot-3, 229-pound right-hander, told veteran Seminoles' coach Mike Martin Monday that he would accept the school's scholarship offer. Ziegler chose FSU over a host of other Division I schools.

"I could not be getting a better opportunity," said Ziegler. "Being down here in Tallahassee [also FSU's location], I've had a chance to watch them play. I love the way they go after it and play hard. They've got a great facility, coaching staff, and it's a chance to play one of the top schedules in the country."

The FSU schedule also will give Ziegler's parents, Mike and Vida, more of a chance to see their son pitch, because the Seminoles play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which includes the University of Maryland.

Ziegler is the leading junior college pitcher in Florida with his 12-1 mark, 0.90 ERA, 110 strikeouts to only 20 walks in 101 innings pitched. His only loss was two weeks ago, by 5-2 to Gulf Coast Community College of Panama City.

Last spring, Ziegler was 12-1 with three saves, a 2.26 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 92 innings at Northwest-Shoals (Ala.), earning first-team All-American and Alabama Junior College Player of the Year honors.

After his coach resigned at Shoals, Ziegler accepted a scholarship to Tallahassee C.C.

Ziegler was 7-3 with a 2.29 ERA, 100 strikeouts and only eight walks in 67 innings in his All-Metro senior year at Old Mill.

Tying state records for strikeouts in a game (19) and career shutouts (seven), Ziegler finished his three-year varsity career with a school record 199 strikeouts.

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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