April 8, 2018

Softball Takes Series With 8-0 Win In Five Innings Over Pitt


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Extending its ACC series unbeaten streak to 45, No. 13 Florida State (33-7, 11-1 ACC) scored six in the second inning and cruised to an 8-0 victory in five innings over Pitt (20-15-1, 9-5 ACC) on Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field. The Seminoles are now 41-0-4 in their last 45 conference series, including 34 sweeps. The last time that FSU lost a conference series was on the road at Maryland on May 5-6, 2012.

With the win, Florida State has redeemed each loss possible this season. Of FSU’s seven losses this year, six have come against teams that the Seminoles would play again, either in a doubleheader or later in a weekend tournament/series. In all six of those situations, FSU earned the win in game two, defeating No. 20 Michigan (2-0), South Alabama (14-1), No. 10 Alabama (3-1), Hofstra (5-0), No. 6 Oregon (2-1) and Pitt (8-0). The loss to McNeese on February 20 was the only game played against the Cowgirls this season.

FSU freshman Sydney Sherrill entered the game leading the ACC in slugging percentage and added to it on Sunday, hitting a three-run home run in the second inning and her base hit in the fifth inning went to wall in left center, but was statistically ruled a single as it brought home the final run in the 8-0 victory. Sherrill now has a .810 slugging percentage and leads the team with 41 RBI.

“It is always about the rubber match and being able to make the adjustments on Sundays and I thought we did a good job of that today,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “We came with better plans at the plate to day and executing, and Zoe got that leadoff double for us and we had some good situational hitting, which was big for us. Great job on Kylee’s part, coming out and giving us a chance to come out and swing it.”

FSU starting pitcher Kylee Hanson set the tone in the top of the first inning, recording all three outs with a strikeout. She added two more strikeouts in the second inning and struck out the side in the third, improving to 19-3 with a 3.0-inning win, giving up just one hit with zero runs, zero walks and eight strikeouts.

Florida State broke the game open in the second inning as Zoe Casas led off with a double to left center. Elizabeth Mason followed with a bunt down the third base line that refused to go foul, putting runners on second and third on the play. Anna Shelnutt’s RBI bunt single brought in the first run of the game to make it 1-0 FSU.

Deja Bush pinch-ran for Shelnutt and quickly stole second, and a walk to Leslie Farris loaded the bases with nobody out. Sabrina Stutsman flew out to left, and Mason was retired at the plate for a double play. Farris recorded her second stolen base of the season and Cali Harrod drove in two RBI with a two-out single to left. Carsyn Gordon continued the inning with a walk and Sherrill hit her ninth home run of the season to give the Seminoles a 6-0 lead after two innings.

Mason began the FSU third inning with a single to left and stole second base, her 11th SB of the season. A walk to Farris, her second of the game, and Morgan Klaevemann getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases. Harrod drove in her third RBI of the game on a fielder’s choice to shortstop to score Mason and make it 7-0 Noles.

Meghan King pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, striking out three and allowing two hits and a walk.

Florida State ended the game in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases on a walk to Shelnutt, Farris being hit by a pitch and a walk to Harrod. Sherrill drove in FSU’s eighth run of the game by lining the first pitch of her at bat into the left center gap, but it could only be statistically ruled a game-ending RBI single.

Florida State will host the first of two games in the annual Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown against No. 4 Florida (33-5) on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. The game has moved up from its original 8:00 p.m. start time and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Links for FSU Softball Radio and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page on Seminoles.com.

Admission is free for all regular season home games at JoAnne Graf Field, with reserved premium seating behind home plate available through the Seminole Boosters. For more information on the premium seating, contact Alex Douglas at adouglas2@fsu.edu. Gates for Wednesday’s game will open at 6:00 p.m., and fans are encouraged to arrive early as seats will fill up fast.

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