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46   Matt Lynch
Matt Lynch

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ft. Pierce, FL

High School:
John Carroll HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 190

Position:
Pitcher

Bats/Throws:
Left/Left


Preseason All-American who returns as FSU’s No. 1 starter…came back for his senior season after being drafted in the seventh round by the San Diego Padres in 2002…has the best control of any pitcher in the ACC according to Baseball America…also named the No. 8 senior college prospect by Baseball America…earned second team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball and the ABCA after going 13-2 with a 3.59 ERA as a junior…tied for second in the ACC with three complete games…owns a career record of 29-4, which ties him for 10th on the FSU all-time victory list.

2002 AS A JUNIOR: Named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball...also a second team ABCA All-American... voted first team All-ACC and selected to the ACC All-Tournament team...led the ACC with 20 starts...third in the ACC with a 13 wins and ranked sixth in the ACC with a 3.59 ERA ...moved into the No. 1 spot in the rotation in the Arizona State series (Feb. 15)...kept Jacksonville scoreless and only gave up one hit in 7.1 innings as the Seminoles shut out Jacksonville 1- 0...became the first 10-game winner since Blair Varnes in 2000...tied for second in the ACC with Georgia Tech’s Kyle Bakker with three complete games pitched...recorded seven or more strikeouts five different times…his three complete games came against NC State (April 26), Maryland (May 10) and Clemson in the ACC Tournament (May 23)...went 8-1 over his last 10 starts ...worked 130.1 innings, which was second in the ACC behind Bakker (134.2 IP)...named ACC Player of the Week after throwing a complete game shutout of Maryland on May 10...went at least 6.0 innings in each of his last 10 appearances.

2001 AS A SOPHOMORE: Voted to the All-ACC second team after going 9-2…ranked seventh in the ACC with an ERA of 3.61…nine wins tied Blair Varnes for third in the conference… finished seventh in the ACC with 85 strikeouts…six of his 15 starters went seven innings or longer…threw a rain-shortened (seven innings), complete game shutout against Liberty (3/14) …allowed just four hits, struck out nine and walked just two in that game…recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings against the Citadel (3/27)…dropped ERA from 6.55 on 3/3 to 3.05 on 5/17…picked up the victory at Georgia Tech on 4/28, allowing one earned run over seven innings...listed as the second-best pitching prospect in the Cape Cod League over the summer by ESPN’s Peter Gammons after giving up just 32 hits in 51 innings...compiled a 3-2 record with a 1.59 ERA in the Cape, striking out 63 and walking only eight.

2000 AS A FRESHMAN: Spent the year as the No. 4 starter behind Mike Ziegler, Jon McDonald and Blair Varnes…finished with a perfect 7-0 record and a 3.24 ERA…a first team Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and a third team Baseball America Freshman All-American…invited to the Team USA trials following the freshman season…started against Evansville in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional and earned the victory after giving up two runs in eight innings and tying a season-high with eight strikeouts…made one appearance in the 2000 College World Series…earned the victory against St. Joseph’s (3/14) af-ter going six innings, giving up one earned run and striking out eight…made a last minute start for an ill Blair Varnes at Virginia and responded with a 6.2 inning outing and a win…struck out six Cavaliers and gave up three runs…earned his first career save at North Carolina (5/14) after working three scoreless innings… struck out the side in a relief appearance against Miami in the Super Regional on 6/2…lone appearance in the College World Series was against LSU, striking out one batter and giving up one hit (no runs)…ranked third on the team with 62 strikeouts.

PREP: A Collegiate Baseball All-American...participated in the Team One National Showcase...a tremendous athlete who lettered in baseball and football in all four years at John Carroll High...a first team all-state football player as a senior...a three time all-state and all-area selection, two time Player of the Year and a two time All-American in baseball...voted most valuable lefthanded pitcher in Pan-Am Games for Team USA...member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Spanish Club.

PERSONAL: A risk management/insurance major...born on January 14, 1981...drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 46th round out of high school.

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