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April 1, 2017

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell to No. 1/3 Florida State, 12-4, in six innings of play in the second game of the weekend series at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Panthers [17-15, 1-10 ACC] trailed the Seminoles [34-1-1, 14-0 ACC] 3-0 after the first inning of play but battled back to take a 4-3 lead in the third. However, a three-run inning in the fourth and a five-run inning in the fifth gave FSU an 11-4 lead. Florida State closed out the game in the sixth with a final run.
At the plate, the Panthers recorded eight hits from eight different players, while four recorded RBIs. Senior Kaitlin Manuel, juniors McKayla Taylor and Giorgiana Zeremenko along with sophomore Olivia Gray each had an RBI.
In the circle, sophomore Sarah Dawson got the start for Pitt. She tossed 2.0 innings before being relieved by freshman Brittany Knight at the start of the third. Knight tossed 2.1 innings before Dawson returned the game in the fifth.
Dawson gave up four earned runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out one. Knight walked two and gave up eight runs on eight hits.
Florida State jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening inning of play, but fell behind in the fourth as Pitt answered with four runs on five hits and an error.
Sophomore Alexis Solak led off the inning with the Panthers first hit of the game and was joined on base by freshman Alexee Haynes who was walked and freshman Hannah Edwards who completed a bunt single. With the bases loaded, Gray smacked a single to left to score Solak. An error by FSU allowed Haynes to cross the plate and a sac fly by Taylor brought in Edwards. Pitt scored its final run on a double to left field by Zeremenko.
Florida State went back on top in the fourth inning, 6-4, on a bases-clearing double by Sydney Broderick. The Seminoles put together a five-run frame in the fifth, before a final run in the sixth ended the game.
Pitt and Florida State conclude the series Sunday, April 2 at Noon.
Pitt Falls to No. 1/3 Florida State, 12-4, in Six Innings

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