Phil Kelly

Softball Takes Series With 12-4 Win Over Pitt

Seminoles.com | April 01, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Extending its winning streak to 20 consecutive games, No. 1 Florida State (34-1-1, 14-0 ACC) posted its fifth-straight run-rule victory on Saturday afternoon with a 12-4 win in six innings over Pitt (17-14, 1-9 ACC). The 20 wins in a row is tied for sixth all-time in FSU history.

The Noles trailed for the first time in their last 117 innings, but scored nine runs in the final three innings to remain unbeaten in their last 38 series against ACC opponents, dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season. FSU has won 97 of its last 107 regular season conference games over that span.

Senior Sydney Broderick set a career high with five RBI on the day, while freshman Dani Morgan came off the bench and batted 3-for-3 with a single, double and a triple.

“Today was a battle,” Said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We got out to a lead, Pitt kept fighting to get in front and we continued to stay in it and trust the work we have put in and it paid off. Defensively, Warren and Cali were outstanding on the left side, and the whole team made plays to keep Pitt off the bases as best as we could. Now the chess match of the series comes in tomorrow where both teams have seen a lot of pitchers and hitters and it will be a game of who can make the most adjustments.”

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Much like in Friday’s series opener, the Seminoles took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Morgan Klaevemann led off the game with a four-pitch walk and stole second base. Jessica Warren drove in the first run with an RBI double to right field for her 19th extra-base hit of the season.

Broderick brought in a run on an RBI single up the middle and Cali Harrod followed with a single of her own. Ellie Cooper made it 3-0 Noles with a two-out RBI single to left field.

Also much like Friday’s game, Pitt scored its first runs in the top of the third inning. The first five batters of the inning reached base, including a walk to Alexee Haynes and RBIs from Olivia Gray and Kaitlin Manuel to cut the lead to 3-2. A sacrifice fly from McKayla Taylor and an RBI double by Giorgiana Zeremenko gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead.

It marked the first walk allowed by FSU starter Meghan King in 24.2 innings, as well as the first run surrendered by King in her last 26.2 innings.

Florida State regained the lead in the fourth inning as Morgan started things off with a single to left. An infield single from Klaevemann and a walk to Warren loaded the bases, and Broderick drove all three in with a two-out double to center to give the Noles a 6-4 lead.

A five-run fifth broke the game open for Florida State as back-to-back doubles from Cooper and Morgan brought in the first run of the inning. Consecutive singles by Zoe Casas and Klaevemann extended the FSU lead to 8-4. Alex Powers loaded the bases with a single up the middle, while a single by Warren, a walk to Broderick and a sacrifice fly by Harrod each drove in a run for the 11-4 advantage.

Cassidy Davis entered the game to pitch for FSU in the top of the sixth and gave up a pair of singles to the first two batters she faced. The Seminole defense had her back as a sharp grounder to Warren at third started a triple play, as she stepped on the bag, fired to Cooper at second, who completed it to Gordon at first.

The Noles needed just two batters to close out the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Cooper lined a single into left and Morgan brought her in to score on a triple to right field for the 12-4 final score.  

King improved to 16-0 on the year and scattered six hits in 5.0 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, with a walk and two strikeouts.

Pitt starter Sarah Dawson tossed 2.2 innings with eight hits and four runs with three walks and a strikeout in a no-decision, while reliever Brittany Knight took the loss and moved to 8-8 after allowing eight runs on eight hits with two walks and zero strikeouts in 2.1 relief innings.

The Pitt series wraps up on Sunday, April 2 at 12:00 p.m. Admission is free for all regular season home games and a live FSU softball radio stream, along with live stats, will be available on Seminoles.com.

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