SENIOR YEAR (2005): Senior Kevin Lynch was the go to relief pitcher for the Seminoles in 2005...Lynch appeared in 46 games all in relief and tallied 12 wins and no losses...held opposing batters to a .199 batting average which was best on the team...his 2.03 ERA was also good enough for top honors on the Seminole squad...Lynch's 12 wins was second best in the ACC and seventh best in the nation...entered the game 10 times with the bases loaded and was able to get the Seminoles out of the jam seven of those times without a run scoring, four of those were through strikeouts...Lynch's 67 strikeouts ranked him fourth on the team...Lynch's 46 appearances broke his career high for any one season, in each of his three previous seasons, he saw action in 30 games...the Seminoles went 36-10 in games where Lynch pitched...Lynch appeared in 19 of FSU's 30 ACC games and posted a 4-0 record, an opponent batting average of .161 and an unbelievable ERA of 1.08 which led the team in ACC games... Lynch was a few innings shy of qualifying for many ACC statistical categories but if he were eligible his ACC ERA and his opponent batting average would both have easily been the best in the conference...his 46 relief appearances were a single season record at FSU as were his 136 career appearances...both of those marks put Lynch in the top five all-time in Division I baseball as well...following the season, Lynch was drafted 793rd by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
JUNIOR YEAR (2004): The Tribe's top reliever in 2004, Lynch had the staff's lowest ERA and most appearances...led the team with five saves...Lynch appeared in 30 games for the third straight season putting him just 37 away from the career record as he enters his senior season...lowered his ERA for the third straight year and had five times as many saves in one season than he had in the previous two years...set a new career high for innings pitched with 37.1 and for strikeouts with 34...in the top five among FSU pitchers in 12 categories while leading the staff in nine categories...number one in ERA, saves, appearances, games in relief, runs allowed, earned runs allowed, walks allowed, triples allowed and home runs allowed...not only had the lowest ERA but also allowed the fewest runs per game earned or unearned among the staff...second on the team in games finished (13) and doubles allowed (10) and fifth in opposing batting average...fourth-lowest opponent batting average (.212) versus right-handed hitters...the second-best hurler on the staff when it came to keeping the leadoff runner off base (.214)...had the third-lowest average for walks per game (2.43) and the fourth-highest average for strikeouts per game (8.27)...second among all ACC pitchers in appearances and recorded the third-most saves in the conference...was third in the conference with three saves in ACC games...had the second-best strikeout to walk ratio on the staff at 3.4 to 1...held opposing batters to an average of .260 or below for the second straight season...was tied for second among ACC pitchers with 30 appearances...third in the conference with three saves in ACC games...posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 11 chances.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Picked up the win in the season opener against VMI (1/31) after working 2.0 innings...only allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts...pitched a score-less ninth inning against Oral Roberts (2/21) with two hits and two strikeouts...picked up his second win of the season against Nebraska (3/5) after working the final 1.1 innings with one strikeout and no hits...earned the save against Illinois State (3/9) while working the final 1.1 innings with one strikeout and no hits...closed out the final two-thirds of the ninth inning against Michigan State (3/12) for his third win of the year...worked a scoreless eighth inning of relief against Maryland (3/21)...suffered his third loss of the season after pitching the final two-thirds of the sixth inning with one hit, one run (unearned), one walk and one strikeout at UNC (3/28)...pitched a scoreless inning of relief against NC State (4/3) with two strikeouts and just one hit...worked a combined 2.2 innings of relief and allowed one unearned run on three hits with two walks in the three games at Miami...did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief in the Seminoles 10-1 win at Clemson (5/2)...picked up his third save of the season after pitching a perfect final three innings with a season-high four strikeouts at Virginia (5/9)...earned his fourth save of the year against Duke (5/15) as he worked the final three innings with just one run (unearned) scored on two hits with four strikeouts...picked up his next save versus Wake Forest (5/20) pitching one inning ...opened the ACC Tournament by pitching 3.2 innings in a 6-5 win over NC State (5/26)...next outing came versus Georgia Tech (5/29) where he went three innings in an FSU victory...made two appearances versus UCF in the NCAA Regional and didn't allow a run in either outing...pitched 1.1 innings in the Super Regional versus Arkansas (6/11) allowing one run.
2003 (Sophomore Year): Served as FSU's set-up man out of the bullpen for closer Daniel Hodges...pitched one inning of relief vs. VMI (1/31) and struck out two...pitched in two games against Evansville (2/14, 2/16) and did not allow a hit while striking out three...retired two batters vs. Wake Forest (4/6) and gave up one hit...pitched a total of 6.2 scoreless innings of relief in four appearances vs. Miami, giving up just four hits and striking out five with no walks...worked a scoreless 1.2 innings at Maryland (5/9)... picked up his third win of the season in a two-inning outing at Duke (5/17)...pitched one scoreless inning of relief in the ACC Tournament vs. Georgia Tech...did not allow an earned run in 16 of his last 19 appear-ances... worked three scoreless innings of relief in the NCAA Regional in two appearances...gave up one run on two hits against Texas (6/8) in the Super Regional.
2002 AS A FRESHMAN: Had two hits at Hawaii (2/1) as the starter in left field...held opponents hitless in 12 of his 30 outings...gave up only three runs in his first 14 appearances...picked up the first two wins of his career against then-No. 6 Florida...tied for 10th on FSU's all-time single season appearance list with 30...helped Florida State pick up its first shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over Jacksonville (Feb. 23)...his 30 appearances ranked fifth in the ACC...earned his lone save of the year vs. Georgia Tech (April 20)...did not allow a hit or a run and struck out two Yellow Jacket batters (1.1 IP) ...four wins were tops among FSU freshmen...went a career-long 3.2 innings against then-No.1 Stanford (Feb. 8)...had an out-standing second half of the season and didn't allow a run in his final six outings.
PREP: Attained All-State honors in 2000 and 2001...a 2001 Collegiate Baseball All-American... was named Area Player of the Year his senior season after hitting .400 with two home runs, 13 doubles, 26 RBIs and five triples...as a pitcher, he finished his senior year with a record of 10-0 with a 0.66 ERA...voted All-State and All-Area for football his junior and senior year.
PERSONAL: A sports management major...brother of former Seminole pitcher Matt Lynch... born January 2, 1983.