Mike Loynd was a fiery, self-assured right hand pitcher for FSU who finished a remarkable 1986 season as the winner of the Golden Spikes Award. As a junior, Loynd tied the NCAA record with 20 wins over the 1986 season. He also set the school record for strike outs in a season with 183 that same year. Loynd’s abilities on the mound were quickly evident with 12 wins as a freshman in 1984 and he followed that with a 13-4 record as a sophomore. He would go on to set the FSU record for career wins with 42 and career strike outs with 377. Baseball America’s Pitcher of the Year in 1986, Loynd was drafted as a junior and was in the majors just six weeks after leading FSU to a second place finish at the 1986 College World Series.