TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Closing out the game with a bang, No. 1 Florida State (33-1-1, 13-0 ACC) used an eight-run fifth inning, capped by a grand slam by Jessica Warren, to defeat Pitt (17-14, 1-9 ACC) by a score of 14-3 on Friday night at JoAnne Graf Field.
Every offensive player in the game for Florida State either scored a run or recorded an RBI in the run-rule victory, including three players with multiple RBIs and four with multiple runs scored.
The win is FSU’s 19th-straight victory, which is the eighth-longest winning streak in school history. The Seminoles also currently hold a 24-game unbeaten streak, dating back to February 23, which sits fourth all-time in consecutive games without a loss.
“A complete team performance tonight,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We were seeing the ball well at the plate today and were able to execute some quality situations. We had a few base running errors, but we can learn from those and get better. JB had a great night and Pitt took advantage of a pitch for their home run, but she got refocused and closed the game out well.
“It was great to see so much pink in the stands tonight for our ‘Paint It Pink’ game. As much as we talk about these games as battles and challenges, softball is just a game and there are so many people that truly battle through so much more than we can understand. Hopefully we were able to do a little part tonight to bring awareness, support and love to those that are going through all kinds of cancer.”
The Seminoles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Morgan Klaevemann opened the game with a single down the left line. Warren later reached on a hit by a pitch and both came in to score on a two-RBI double by Sydney Broderick to left center. Cali Harrod closed out the scoring with an RBI single to centerfield.
It is the 18th time that the Seminoles have scored in the first inning, giving FSU 52 runs scored in the opening frame. It also marked the 40th time this season that Florida State has brought in at least three runs in an inning.
Pitt tied the game with three unearned runs in the top of the third inning. After a pair on infield pop outs, Erin Hershman reached on an FSU fielding error. Olivia Gray followed with Pitt’s first hit of the game and Kaitlin Manuel drove in all three runs with a home run to right field.
The Noles regained the lead in the bottom of the third as Warren led off with a single and moved to second after a walk by Broderick. Carsyn Gordon made it 4-3 Seminoles with her 28th RBI of the season on a single to center.
Klaevemann posted a bunt single in the FSU fourth and Alex Powers gave Florida State a 6-3 lead with a home run to straightaway center.
An eight-run fifth inning secured the run-rule victory for the Noles. Broderick started things off with a walk and Harrod followed with a single. A groundout moved the runners up to second and third, and Ellie Cooper drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to second base.
Zoe Casas almost perfectly matched Cooper’s at bat, chopping one to second base and the throw home was unable to get Harrod at the plate to extend FSU’s lead to 8-3. Anna Shelnutt put down an RBI bunt single to bring in another run, while Klaevemann loaded the bases with a single to right, her fourth base hit of the game.
Deja Bush came in to pinch-run for Shelnutt and Powers continued the scoring with an RBI single to right. Warren needed only one pitch to end the game, crushing the offering well beyond the wall in left center for her tenth home run, and second grand slam, of the season.
FSU’s Jessica Burroughs gave up two hits and three unearned runs in 5.0 innings to improve to 17-1 on the year. She allowed just one walk and seven strikeouts in the game.
Pitt starter Sarah Dawson (2-2) pitched 4.0 innings and gave up six runs on eight hits with two walks and zero strikeouts. Brittany Knight entered to pitch the fifth inning and surrendered eight runs with five hits and a walk.
The Pitt series continues on Saturday, April 1, with first pitch coming at 1:00 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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