Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bullpen Gives FSU a Sense of Relief; Seminoles Relievers Lynch, DiBlasi and Chambliss Consistently Deliver

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bullpen Gives FSU a Sense of Relief; Seminoles Relievers Lynch, DiBlasi and Chambliss Consistently Deliver

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

TALLAHASSEE -- Though 4 years old at the time, Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin can appreciate the 1948 rally cry of the Boston Braves -- "Spahn, Sain and pray for rain."

Fortunately for Martin, he doesn't work in a world where middle relievers, set-up men and closers don't exist, as was the case when the Braves had starters Warren Spahn, Johnny Sain and little else.

Martin and the Seminoles (35-13, 10-8) don't have anything comparable to the legendary combo, but they wouldn't be No. 15 in this week's Collegiate Baseball poll without a sturdy bullpen. Kevin Lynch, Matt DiBlasi and closer Tyler Chambliss have collaborated for 98 innings in 82 appearances heading into tonight's opening game of a three-game ACC series with Virginia (30-13, 9-10).

Lacking a dominant starting pitcher, the Seminoles' bullpen has delivered time and again. Lynch (6-0, 2.14), a senior right-hander with 30 appearances, is within 11 of Bruce Tanner's 22-year-old school record. DiBlasi (1-0, 2.31), the left-handed set-up guy, has made 25 appearances as the situational set-up guy.

At that point, the 'Noles have been turning it over to Chambliss (5-3, 1.65). The sophomore right-hander from Live Oak is tied for third nationally with 11 saves and has not allowed an extra base hit in 322/3 innings.

"We wouldn't be anywhere near where we are now without Tyler Chambliss closing games out and Kevin Lynch and Matt DiBlasi putting us in position to get to Chambliss," FSU pitching coach Jamey Shouppe said.

Shouppe's formulaic approach to closing games -- using the trio in concert -- has produced a 9-3 record. It's no surprise that at least one of them has pitched in 31 FSU victories, given opponents are hitting .182 against the trio, collectively.

Aside from the requisite talent to get batters out, the extensive work requires a resilient arm and a short memory. …

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