Parker Messick was wild but bounced back with a nine-strikeout performance. Florida State’s bats were cold and suffered a 19-strikeout night.
Pitt junior right-hander Mitch Myers had a career-best 13 strikeouts in six innings, allowing two hits, and the Panthers bullpen shut the door with four more strikeouts in a 1-0 win over FSU in the series opener on Friday night.
“Nineteen strikeouts is absolutely unacceptable,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “They got dudes. They pitched us tough.”
Martin Jr. was clearly disappointed after the game and said he would take a look at “different guys” but it wasn’t clear what changes he might make to the lineup.
The Seminoles (2-2, 0-1 ACC) had just four hits — all singles — but squandered two big chances late.
Nander De Sedas led off the eighth with a double down the left-field line and advanced to third when Jackson Greene laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt in front of the catcher. Despite a pair of walks later in the inning, FSU had the bases loaded with two down and Elijah Cabell at the plate. Mike Martin Jr. opted to pinch-hit for Cabell, who had struck out three times in his 2021 debut, but pinch-hitter Nico Baldor struck out swinging with the bases loaded.
Robby Martin threw out a runner at the plate to end the top of the ninth, preventing Pitt from adding an insurance run.
Dylan Simmons had a one-out single in the ninth before pinch runner Cooper Swanson stole second and third, and De Sedas walked to put runners on the corners. But they were stranded when Vince Smith struck out looking to end the game.
Messick (0-2) worked his way out of a few jams, including a bases-loaded situation in the fifth by recording his ninth strikeout of the game. Messick struggled with his control, allowing four walks, but he allowed just a run in the fourth. Bryce Hulett had an RBI double in the fourth inning, scoring Ron Washington Jr., as Pitt improved to 4-1, 1-0 ACC.
FSU’s bullpen tossed four shutout innings. Clayton Kwiatkowski threw two hitless innings, Hunter Perdue pitched a scoreless eighth, Jonah Scolaro got an out in the ninth and Chase Haney picked up the final two outs.
Cabell also stranded two runners with an inning-ending strikeout in the sixth. The junior outfielder was 0 for 3.
FSU was held without a hit until Reese Albert laced a single to right field in the fifth inning. Tyler Martin also had a single and a walk. He was the only FSU hitter on Friday without a strikeout.
The Seminoles had 26 strikeouts in the opening weekend series against North Florida.
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FSU will play Pitt on Saturday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised by ACC Network. As a reminder, Sunday’s game was pushed back to a 2 p.m. first pitch.