Lacey Waldrop earns 100th career win as FSU sweeps doubleheader from Pitt
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Eleventh-ranked Florida State (29-8, 10-1 ACC) defeated Pitt (24-9, 6-5 ACC) in both games of a doubleheader on JoAnne Graf Field. Lacey Waldrop earned career win No. 100 in a 8-0 five-inning victory in game one and the Seminoles posted a 7-0 victory against the Panthers in game two.
“It was a good day today,” FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. “We’ve been working on a few things this week, in addition to the Auburn games, and it was good to see that executed this afternoon. Lacey and JB did a great job for us in the circle and our defense was able to make some plays behind them.”
Waldrop was nearly perfect in the circle for the Seminoles in game one, tossing only 50 pitches in the complete-game victory. She surrendered only one base runner for the entire game on a single to right by Kaitlin Manuel in the second inning. Waldrop finished with three strikeouts and zero walks in 5.0 innings of work as she posted her 100th career victory.
The Florida State offense gave Waldrop all the support she would need as it jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning. The Noles brought nine batters to the plate and registered four walks in the frame. Victoria Daddis brought in the first run on an RBI groundout to short and Bailey Schinella made it 2-0 with a bases-loaded walk. Victoria East followed with a two-RBI single to right center to make it 4-0 Seminoles.
Amy Szymanowski extended the lead to 7-0 in the third inning with a three-run home run to right field, scoring Schinella and East who had reached earlier in the inning on a walk and single, respectively.
Victoria Daddis closed out the Seminole scoring in the fourth inning with a solo home run to right field. It was her second home run of the season.
Game two got off to a familiar start for FSU pitcher Jessica Burroughs. She struck out the side in the first inning, marking the fourth time this season that she has registered three strikeouts in the opening inning of a game.
Jessica Warren started things off for the Noles in the bottom of the first, driving the first pitch over the wall in right for a solo home run. It was her ninth home run of the season. FSU improved to 13-0 on the season when scoring in the first inning.
Florida State added two more in the bottom of the third inning as walks to Morgan Klaevemann and Maddie O’Brien turned into runs after Alex Powers ripped a double into the gap in left center to make it 3-0 Seminoles.
Burroughs continued to dominate the Panthers from the circle and moved to 10-5 on the season with the shutout as she registered nine strikeouts and allowed just two hits and zero walks.
With the series win, the Seminoles are now 19-0-2 in their last 21 series against ACC opponents.