March 14, 2001
Sophomore left-hander Matt Lynch (2-1) led No. 18 Florida State (16-5) to a 1-0 victory over Liberty (8-7) with a rain-shorted, seven-inning complete game shutout at Dick Howser Stadium. Lynch allowed four hits, walked two and struck out a career-high nine batters. His previous career-high in strikeouts was eight and he came up one inning short of matching his career-long outing of eight innings.
Liberty right-hander Danny Valentin (3-1) also had an impressive start, giving up one run on three hits in 6.1 innings while striking out seven.
The game was called with one out in the bottom of the seventh due to rain and lightning.
FSU freshman catcher Tony Richie was responsible for the game-winner with his first career home run, a solo shot down the left field line in the bottom of the fifth inning. Richie, who had two of FSU’s three hits, also threw out a base stealer at second and picked off a runner at first.
The Seminoles look to extend their 13-game winning streak this weekend at NC State. FSU leaves for Raleigh Thursday afternoon for a three-game series with the Wolfpack on Friday (7:00 p.m.), Saturday (1:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 p.m.). Saturday’s game will be televised live by Sunshine Network. FSU’s next home game is Tuesday, March 20th against Akron at 6:00 p.m.