Softball Has Winning Streak Snapped in Close Loss
By: Anthony Vasquez | @Ant_Vasquez3
CitrusTV Softball Beat Reporter
ATLANTA, GA – Syracuse Softball had its winning streak snapped after a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to Georgia Tech.
The game saw S.U. draw first blood in the top of the fifth after Neli Casares-Maher slammed a two run shot to right field. At this point, the Orange were six outs away from pulling the road upset.
Ariana Adams started the game and threw a shutout after 3.2 innings. Adams was eventually pulled for Lindsay Hendrix who let things unravel in the fifth. The southpaw surrendered three earned runs on four hits to give Georgia Tech the lead.
She allowed a game tying two run double in the fifth and a couple more run-scoring knocks in the sixth. Those runs were eventually the gut punch for an Orange team that once again failed to help its starters by scoring runs.
Outside of Casares-Maher, the bats mustered just four hits and just two walks. They also didn’t help the cause by striking out nine times. After Tech starter Blake Neleman left the game after 4.2 innings, the lineup was silenced to the tune of 2.1 perfect innings.
Next for the ‘Cuse is a second chance Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. It’s going to be an uphill battle if its going to even up this series let alone win it, but there’s still time to get things figured out. Look for some combination of Summer Clark/ Adams to pitch after Hendrix unraveled today.