TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hitting the road for the final time in the 2016 regular season, No. 7 Florida State (39-5, 16-1 ACC) travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., for a three-game ACC series with Pitt (30-15, 7-9 ACC) on April 30-May 1. The Panthers and Seminoles will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m., with a single game on Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m.
“We’re hitting the home stretch of the regular season and are looking to finish strong,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “The last few weeks have been filled with softball and classes and tests and exams, and now that finals are over, it can be a little easier to just go out and have fun playing the game of softball. Pitt has been crushing the ball this year and playing well and we’ll need to hit our spots as pitchers and play good defense to get some wins. They are a different team than what we faced in the ACC title game last year and it will be an exciting challenge this weekend.”
The Seminoles are undefeated against Pitt, winning all eight games in the series, dating back to 2002. The Noles have outscored the Panthers by a combined score of 57-8. The last time FSU played a series at Pitt, the Noles won both games of a doubleheader, 5-2 and 10-3, on April 16, 2014.
Florida State defeated Pitt, 6-2, in the 2015 ACC Championship game on May 9 to earn its 13th ACC Championship. The Seminoles are 78-9 in their last 87 ACC regular season games (.897%) and last lost a conference series at Maryland on May 5-6, 2012. If Florida State sweeps Pitt in the series, FSU would earn its fourth consecutive ACC regular season title.
Pitt leads the ACC in slugging percentage (.563), doubles (75) and home runs (66) and are among the top three in the conference in seven other offensive categories. The Noles top the league in on-base percentage (.452), steals (111), runs (340) and runs batted in (306), and are also among the top three in the ACC in eight other categories.
The Noles have earned 17 run-rule victories so far in 2016, along with 15 total shutouts.
All three games of the series will be broadcast on Seminole Softball Radio, a free live streaming service through Seminoles.com. Robin Ahrberg and Ryann Day will be on the call, while live stats can also be found online at www.seminoles.com. A paid premium live video broadcast will be available on www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
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