Noles Win Home Opener

Pitching and defense were the most prominent concepts that echoed throughout Florida State's preseason workouts. That theme carried into Friday afternoon's opener as Seminole pitchers took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in a 2-1 victory over Charleston Southern.

Though he walked five in 4 2/3 innings of work, starter Mark Sauls gave up just an unearned run before exiting. Kevin Lynch came on and prolonged the no-hit bid until Billy Dalton doubled down the right field line for Charleston Southern's only hit of the contest.

"Sure, (the no-hit bid) was there in the back of my mind," said Lynch, who earned the victory. "But I was mainly focused on where I was putting my pitches. I made a good pitch to Dalton and was late on it, but he manged to put it down the line."

Dalton made it to third but was stranded when Lynch struck out Jordan Haar to end the Buccaneers' threat.

Tyler Chambliss retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up is second career save.

"Senior catcher Aaron Cheesman drove in both runs for the Seminoles, one on a first-inning fielder's choice and the other with a single to right in the third. Shane Robinson and Nick Francis each crossed the plate for FSU, scoring the only runs on a day in which temperatures dipped below 50 degrees and wind gusts topped 20 mph.

"It was a brutal day out there," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "If you win a game like this, you win it with pitching and defense. I don't even want to try and evaluate the hitting on a day like today."

Graham Maiden plated the only run for the Buccaneers on a wild pitch from Sauls in the fifth. Brad Bissell gave up both runs in six innings of work and took the loss for Charleston Southern.

FSU has not lost a home opener since 1981 and is 50-7 on opening day.

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