TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State won both games of a doubleheader Sunday, sweeping Pitt 15-6 in a suspended game from Saturday and 12-6 in the series finale. FSU (30-16, 16-11 ACC) has won four straight Atlantic Coast Conference series and is a season-high 14 games over .500.
FSU hit a combined .397 in the final two games of the series, with 27 runs on 29 hits.
Game 1 – FSU 15, Pitt 6 (resumed from Saturday)
The game began Saturday before twice being stopped due to weather. After 21 minutes, the game was halted in the bottom of the first inning for two hours and 49 minutes. The teams played 44 more minutes before a second and final weather delay that pushed the conclusion of the game to Sunday.
All told, five Seminoles had at least three hits, J.C. Flowers hit two of FSU’s five home runs and FSU had a season-high 20 hits in the 15-6 win on Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. The Noles 20 hits were its most in an Atlantic Coast Conference game since 2008 (21 at Wake Forest).
On the mound, CJ Van Eyk struck out 10 batters in just 3.0 innings before the game was suspended. Conor Grady (7-4) earned the win, pitching three innings in relief.
Robby Martin gave FSU a 3-0 lead in the first inning, hitting a three-run home run as the first batter after the first rain delay. Flowers hit his 10th home run against Dan Hammer (3-5) before Pitt scored two against Van Eyk in the third inning. Van Eyk struck out 10 batters in just 3.0 innings Saturday, thanks to a wild pitch strikeout in the first inning. Van Eyk did not return for Sunday’s resumed game.
Pitt brought out Chris Gomez to start Sunday, allowing an RBI single to Mat Nelson in the third inning to extend FSU’s lead to 5-2. The Panthers countered against Grady on Connor Perry’s solo home run, but a one-out triple did not score after two groundouts ended the fifth inning.
Nico Popa doubled to score Sky Duff in the fifth inning, an unearned run after Duff reached on an FSU fielding error. The Panthers first two batters of the seventh singled and Florida State brought in Jonah Scolaro to get out of trouble. The sophomore left-hander got the next three batters out on a fielders choice, a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.
Reese Albert singled off the first base bag in the bottom of the inning and scored on Mendoza’s double off the centerfield wall. After Nelson’s team-high seventh sacrifice bunt scored Mendoza, Flowers took the first pitch he saw for a two-run home run, his second of the game (and first of the day). FSU led 9-4 through seven innings.
Flowers pitched a scoreless eighth inning and FSU added six runs against William Kirwan to ice the game.
Game 2 – FSU 12, Pitt 6
The Seminoles capped Sunday with a 12-6 win to claim the series victory. After Pitt took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, Florida State scored 11 runs in inning four through six to take command.
Jonah Scolaro improved to 3-0 in the win, throwing 2.1 innings in relief without allowing a hit. Shane Drohan allowed a pair of runs in 3.2 innings pitched as the starter.
Drew Mendoza had three hits in the game to go along with a sacrifice fly. For the weekend, Mendoza hit .800 (8-for-10) with six runs scored, five RBI and three walks. His average jumped from .289 to .321 on the weekend.
After Pitt took a lead against Drohan in the fourth, the Noles immediately responded in the bottom of the inning with a Mat Nelson RBI single and a sacrifice fly from Nico Baldor. FSU broke out for five runs on three hits and a pair of Panther errors in the fifth.
In the sixth inning, FSU extended its lead to 12-2 with four more runs on two hits – an RBI single from Mendoza and a two-run single from J.C. Flowers. Nelson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score another run.
Robby Martin had two hits for FSU, pushing his season total to 52. Mike Salvatore had three of FSU’s six walks.
For Pitt, nine different players had one hit each, including back-to-back home runs from Connor Perry and Nico Popa in the eighth inning to trim FSU’s lead to 12-5.
Florida State will play its sixth doubleheader of the season Tuesday against Jacksonville, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Dick Howser Stadium.
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