Noles Advance to Super Regional
It's difficult to label the role that righthander Kevin Lynch fills coming out of the Florida State bullpen. It's also hard to argue with the results.
Lynch (12-0) provided 4 2/3 steadying innings of relief on Sunday night, helping to lead FSU a 10-4 rout of Auburn that clinched a Super Regional berth next weekend opposite rival Florida.
Lynch's career-long outing dropped his ERA to 1.50 and allowed him to pick up his second win of the weekend.
"This time of year you have to pitch every inning like it is your last," Lynch said. "I wasn't sure how long they needed me today so I just wanted to work as hard as I could."
Collegiate Baseball player of the year Shane Robinson paced the Seminoles (53-18)offensively with a three-run homer that gave FSU a 5-0 second-inning lead, and Danny Wardell was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI.
After the Tigers came to within 5-4 in the third inning on Josh Donaldson's three-run homer against starter Mark Sauls, Lynch came on to start the fourth and immediately quelled the momentum.
The sidewinder, who has made all of his school record 136 appearances in relief, retired 12 of the first 15 batters he faced. Lynch is the only reliever in the NCAA with a double-digit win total.
"He's their stopper, no doubt about it," Auburn coach Tom Slater said. "He got the job done tonight."
Tyler Chambliss recorded his NCAA-leading 16th save with a flawless ninth.
Jack Rye, Ryne Jernigan and Wardell each drove in runs in the fifth to help the Seminoles put up a three-spot to extend their advantage once again.
Jared Shore (1-2) gave up five runs – four earned – in the losing effort for the Tigers (34-26).
Robinson's blast ignited an FSU offense that hit just .200 in winning the first two games of the weekend. In all, the Seminoles pounded out 11 hits on the evening.
"I just tried to lay off the pitches they wanted me to hit and find a pitch I could do something with," he said."
OF NOTE: Auburn eliminated Army earlier in the day with a 12-3 victory. Freshman Cliff Mullins (2-2) picked up the win, pitching five scoreless innings before the game was delayed 42 minutes by rain.
Nole Digest Top Stories
History On FSU's Side With Top-5 RankingFlorida State was ranked No. 4 in the preseason AP Poll, and their history says that's a good sign for Seminole fans.
FSU No. 4 In Preseason AP PollFlorida State will start the season as a preseason Top-5 team.
FSU QB Malik Henry SuspendedFlorida State will be without quarterback Malik Henry indefinitely.
FSU 8/20 Practice Report and HighlightsFlorida State went through their first practice of Saturday's two-a-days in pads.
3-star ATH DeCalon Brooks Commits To FSUFlorida State has landed a commitment from 3-star athlete DeCalon Brooks.