TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the 19th time this season, the Seminoles have held their opponent without a run as No. 1 Florida State (35-1-1, 15-0 ACC) completed the sweep of Pitt (17-15, 1-10 ACC) with a 5-0 victory on Sunday at JoAnne Graf Field.
The pitching trio of Jessica Burroughs, Meghan King and Cassidy Davis faced just two batters over the minimum, surrendering just two hits and a walk as the last 17 batters were retired in order, including a double play in the fifth inning.
The win extended FSU’s unbeaten streak to 26 games, the winning streak to 21 games and marked the 17th-straight win in regular season ACC games.
“I’m excited with how we are swinging the bats right now and all of the adjustments in the circle,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “It is always good to keep learning the game and growing the game within yourself and the team. Different people are stepping up and doing different things, and that’s huge for us.”
Once again, Burroughs made quick work of her opponent in the first inning, striking out the side to open the game for the ninth time this season in 19 starts.
Pitt got a runner to third base with one out in the second inning after Erin Hershman hit a double and advanced on an FSU throwing error. Burroughs left her stranded there after two consecutive strikeouts.
The Noles got on the board in the third inning with Jessica Warren’s 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot onto the road beyond the wall in left to score Alex Powers, who walked earlier in the inning.
Warren now has 46 RBI on the season, while the combined scoring output of FSU’s 37 opponents this season is just 44 runs and 41 RBI.
After a leadoff walk in the Pitt fifth inning by Burroughs, King came out to relieve her teammate in the circle. The redshirt sophomore needed just four pitches to end the inning on a strikeout of Gabrielle Fredericks and getting Alexee Haynes to ground into a double play.
Another Seminole long ball extended the lead to 5-0 FSU in the sixth inning as Ellie Cooper launched a home run to right field. Dani Morgan reached on a fielder’s choice and Cali Harrod walked, and all came in to score on Cooper’s first HR of the season.
Burroughs came back in to pitch the start of the seventh and retired the first two batters on a ground out and a strikeout, before giving the pitching duties to Davis while the redshirt senior went out to play right field for the first time in her career. Davis retired the only batter she faced on a groundout to third to end the game.
Burroughs (18-1) picked up the win, striking out nine in 4.2 shutout innings with two hits and a walk. King faced just five hitters, but created six outs, including a strikeout.
Pitt’s Kayla Harris pitched all 6.0 innings for the Panthers and allowed five runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
The Seminoles will begin a stretch of 11 straight games on the road with a three-game series at Syracuse on April 7-9. Game times are scheduled for Friday at 4:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Links for live stats, as well as the FSU softball radio stream, will be available on Seminoles.com.
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