No worries, that was about the most adversity Lynn faced all night.
Lynn (7-3) buried top-seeded Georgia (35-20-1) underneath a bevy of lively fastballs and baffled the sixth-ranked Bulldogs with knee-buckling curves, as No. 8 seed Ole Miss (35-22) rode its ace to a 4-1 win over UGA in the first round of the SEC Tournament.
"The difference in the game was Lance Lynn," Mike Bianco said. "He made pitch-after-pitch and looked like the vintage Lynn the few times they had opportunities."
The Rebels, winners of four-straight opening round games in Hoover, will face the winner of Alabama/Kentucky at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Lynn, now 3-0 in his career in the SEC Tournament, tied a career high with 12 strikeouts and ended the first five innings with punchouts. The right-hander tossed 124 pitches and completed 6.2 innings, allowing four hits and a single run. Lynn also walked four.
The Brownsburg, Ind., native also sat down a dozen against Arkansas and Minnesota this season and South Carolina in 2007.
"When you have a power pitcher that can locate his fastball, curveball and get ahead early, you know it is going to be a long night," Bulldog Ryan Peisel said. "He had all the confidence in the world out there."
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"I just came in and tried to follow the big guy here," Bittle said. "He pitched great tonight."
The win adds another bullet to the Rebels' postseason resume, as Georgia possesses a top-15 RPI and took home the SEC regular season title. The Bulldogs are a lock to host a regional and are in the discussion for a national seed.
Did the NCAAs factor into Lynn's performance?
"No, not at all," Lynn answered. "I went out and pitched the way I know how to pitch, and I don't feel like I have done that over the course of the year. I wanted to go out and get the team to the next day with a win."
The Bulldogs scratched their lone run off Lynn in the sixth frame when Peisel singled, moved to second on a Gordon Beckham walk and crossed the plate on Robbie O'Bryan's RBI single with two outs.
Lynn induced a flyout from Lyle Allen moments later to end the inning. That was the only time a Georgia runner reached third and only the second time a runner was in scoring position against Lynn.
"We really needed a big outing from Lance, and we got it," Basham said. "He threw the fastball right by people tonight."