Softball Tossed Aside in Another Pitchers Duel
ATLANTA, GA – After a close loss Friday night, the Orange were beaten yet again in a close 4-2 nailbiter. The Orange were silenced by G.T. starter Chandler Dennis, who earned her sixth win of the year. The punishing pitchers continued when Blake Neleman notched a couple more scoreless innings for her first save of the year.
Syracuse’s only runs came via solo homers in the game’s final innings. Laila Alves smashed a solo shot in the fifth while Angel Jasso came up clutch with one of her own in the sixth. Outside of those two hits, S.U. mustered only three more scattered knocks.
Kaia Oliver got the surprise start inside the chalk circle today and did her job across the 3.1 innings she tossed. Oliver only gave up two measly hits as well as a couple more earned runs. The Junior righty only struck out three batters, but she made her money inducing soft contact.
Ariana Adams came in once again in a relief role and only surrendered an earned run across the 2.2 innings of relief.
Despite the Oliver/Adams duo giving up just three runs and five hits, the offense once again fell on death ears. 5-25 at the plate with just one walk will never cut it against the top-notch opponents like the ones in the ACC.
This is not the first time the bats have been silent in a conference tilt. Games against NC State, Virginia Tech, and now this series in Atlanta is showing gaping holes across the order. Key hitters such as Jasso, Galipeau, and Breen have been silenced while there is no sign of Summer Clark anywhere in the circle.
Thankfully, the ‘Cuse get one more chance against Georgia Tech before its first home series against Pittsburgh awaits.