Syracuse Completes the Sweep in Monroe
By Anthony Vasquez | @ant_vasquez3
CitrusTV Softball Beat Reporter
MONROE, La – Syracuse Softball won its fifth straight game Sunday after it dispatched Stephen F. Austin 5-3. The 9 a.m. start time might be to blame for a slow start that saw SU fall behind 3-0 in the second inning.
Ariana Adams was roughed up yet again, giving up two earned runs over 2.1 innings of work.
Despite the slow start, the Orange offense bailed out a struggling starter yet again when it erupted for a four-run second.
Casares-Maher got the scoring started off with a two-run single while Jasso put her team up for good when she reached on a costly Lumberjack error.
Taylor Posner added an insurance sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth.
Freshman pitcher Summer Clark deserved a lot of credit for the win considering she tossed 4.2 hitless innings of relief for a Syracuse squad that desperately needed outs.
The win caps off a Bayou Classic that saw Syracuse outscore its opponents by 44 runs over five games at the Ouachita Sportsplex.
Wins against SIU Edwardsville and Stephen F. Austin required coach Shannon Dopeking’s squad to dig deep and fight back after getting behind early.
Even though the Orange cruised in three games, the final two showed SU has the fight necessary to be a pesky team going forward.
The ‘Cuse women will get the week off before the Tarleton Softball Invitational kicks off next Friday. A doubleheader against Texas A&M CC and Tarleton St. await the now 5-0 Syracuse Orange.