Syracuse Gets Shut-Out By Virginia
By Spencer Pierce
CitrusTV’s Softball Beat Reporter
Syracuse came into the day with a perfect opportunity to take the series against the Virginia Cavaliers a day early. Unfortunately for them, the tables have turned, and they now find themselves needing to win tomorrow’s game in order to take the series as a whole.
Today was bad from the start for SU, as UVA struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Normally, one run isn’t the end of the world for SU, but their bats were silenced throughout the day, only accumulating four hits.
Angel Jasso, the standout freshman, had two of those hits, meaning the rest of the team only had two of them.
The pitching wasn’t ideal either. Though Kaia Oliver did her part, throwing four strong innings and only giving up one run, the rest of the pitching was not able to follow suit. Lindsey Hendrix came in relief for Oliver, and it was surely not her best performance, as she gave up three earned runs in just one inning pitched.
Jolie Gustave, who came in for Hendrix, had just as much trouble, giving up two runs in just one inning as well.
One of Jasso’s hits was inches away from driving in a run, but Paris Woods was thrown out at home trying to score from second base.
The Orange were held scoreless for the 4th time this season, which gives them no momentum heading into the series finale tomorrow.
SU is sitting at 7th in the ACC standings, while UVA sits at 11th. If SU were to win tomorrow, they will improve their ACC record to 11-13 and their overall record to 18-16, however, their next few games will surely test them, when they face Albany on Tuesday in a double header followed by Virginia Tech and Clemson, two of the top four teams in the conference.
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