Syracuse falls short of its first ACC series win after a 7-2 loss to Virginia

Photo credit: Athletics
Sunday, Mar 17, 2024 at 9:39 pm by Sports Editor

Nathaniel Cunningham | @n_cunning_0


The first two games between the Orange and Cavaliers were old-fashioned pitchers due. The first game saw SU walk away with a 6-1 win after a four-run sixth inning. UVA won the second game 2-1 but all the scoring happened within one inning. However, today Virginia’s pitching kept Syracuse at bay while its offense tallied hit after hit on route to a 7-2 victory. 


UVA got the scoring started early in the first. Jade Hylton led off the game for the third straight time with a double. After SU’s Britney Lewinski would get the next 2 outs, Sarah Coon singled to center scoring Hylton. 


That single is what sparked a poor outing from Lewinski. The junior would walk the next three batters and in the process walk in another run. She then would lead off the second by hitting the first batter and her day came to an end before it could even start. 


The Orange brought in Julianna Verni who was shut down against the Cavaliers earlier in the series. This time, Virginia got to the grad student. Jade Hylton was the first batter to see Verni and she did the same thing she did to Lewinski, hitting a double. 


Abby Weaver singled down the left-field line and doubled UVA’s score. An error in the field followed by a double and a single caused three more to score and Virginia had a 7-0 lead two frames in. 


Virginia’s Madison Houge continued to shove, giving up just one hit in the first three innings. Syracuse would bring in Jessie DiPasquale who finished the game giving up no hits from the third to the sixth. 


The Orange would get two runs back in the top of the fourth thanks to Laila Morales-Alve’s second home run of the season. However, just as SU’s offense was getting some momentum, two runners’ interference calls were called in the fifth and sixth ending any opportunity for a cardiac ‘Cuse comeback. 


Syracuse now has 5 days off before it travels to Boston College for a three-game series next weekend. The Eagle also went 1-2 against the Cavaliers. The first game is set for 3 pm on Friday.