TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 11 Florida State (30-8, 11-1 ACC) finished off its third conference sweep of the season with a 3-0 shutout of Pitt (24-10, 6-6 ACC) on Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.
“Another solid performance this afternoon,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Pitching, hitting and defense all worked well together to close out the weekend with a win. Conference wins are always important and this was another step as we move toward achieving our goals for the season.”
A pitchers duel between FSU starter Lacey Waldrop and Pitt's Savannah King kept the game scoreless until the 4th inning. Both starters mowed down batters. Waldrop recorded three strikeouts in the first inning as she went on to finish with 11 for the game. King struck out three batters, and during a stretch from the first to the third innings she retired seven batters in a row.
The Noles scored their first run of the game in the fourth inning after Alex Powers led off with a single to right field. Bella D’Errico entered the game to pinch-run for Powers and moved up to third after a walk to Victoria Daddis and a groundout by Bailey Schinella. Alex Kossoff followed with an infield single to second base to score D’Errico and give Florida State a 1-0 lead.
FSU extended the lead to 2-0 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Powers to score Jessica Warren who had started the inning with a single to center. A single from Morgan Klaevemann and a walk to Maddie O’Brien loaded the bases, allowing Powers to drive in her team-leading 36th RBI of the season.
Warren made it 3-0 Florida State in the sixth with an RBI single to left, scoring Victoria East who had hit a pinch-hit double to right center earlier in the inning.
Waldrop improved to 20-3 on the season as she won her 15th consecutive decision of the year. She scattered four hits and three walks in the complete-game shutout, recording 11 strikeouts.
King (14-5) took the loss, surrendering eight hits and three runs with three walks and three strikeouts.