Pittsburgh pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts as the Panthers took the series from Florida State on Saturday with a 7-2 win.
Pitt’s Matt Gilbertson (2-0) struck out 10 batters in six innings, and the Panthers’ bullpen struck out six over the final three innings.
“The biggest thing is the strikeouts,” FSU coach Mike Martin Jr. said. “Putting the ball in play, there’s a lot to be said about it. We need a spark, somebody to pick us up.”
Reese Albert hit a two-run double that was initially ruled a home run but instead called a ground-rule double as it bounced off the outfield wall.
FSU had 10 hits, with Albert, Elijah Cabell, Matheu Nelson and Logan Lacey each recording two hits. But the Seminoles had 16 strikeouts a night after they had 19 strikeouts in the series opener.
Right-hander Carson Montgomery pitched just an inning, walking three batters and allowing two unearned runs.
FSU allowed four unearned runs.
The finale of the FSU-Pitt series will be Sunday at 2 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra). Right-hander Conor Grady will be on the mound.
“He’s the perfect third guy,” Martin Jr. said. “You know what you’re going to get.”
For the FSU-Pitt box score, click here.