Syracuse has a perfect trip to Virginia with 2 wins on Tuesday

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024 at 9:25 pm by Sports Editor

Nathaniel Cunningham | @n_cunning_0

Not much can top Syracuse’s 11-1 and 9-0 victories yesterday. However, the Orange did what was necessary and secured a 4-1 win over Quinnipiac and a 8-0 win over Norfolk State today.

Game One vs Quinnipiac

Madison Knight pitched for the first time this tournament and the rest was much needed. Despite an error that put a runner on, the sophomore was shut down striking out 2 looking.

In the bottom half of the inning, The Orange gave their young pitcher some insurance. All of SU’s 3 triples have come from Angel Jasso. She added a fourth in the opening frame. Taylor Posner then singled back up the middle and the orange got on the board first.

The second was just a repeat of the first. Knight struck out the side swinging while at the plate, an error and back to back singles scored another for the ‘Cuse.

The third inning was a stalemate for both squads. Knight continued knocking down the Bobcats. Quinnipiac’s Sydney Horan served her first 1-2-3 inning as well and stopped SU from adding to its total.

The Bobcats would get one back in the fourth after three consecutive triples to left field. While the lead was cut in half during the top part of the frame, the Orange extended it in the bottom.

Rebecca Clyde reached first after being hit to lead off the inning. Then Laila Morales-Alves doubled to bring her in. Olivia Pess singled to shortstop which brought Morales-Alves home.

The rest of the game was silent for both squads. Just 2 more hits were recorded in the fifth, sixth or seventh. Horan pitched all six innings for the Bobcats. Knight’s day ended in the fifth. Then Julianna Verni took over to close the game.


Game Two vs Norfolk State

When the Orange took down the Spartans yesterday, It was an offensive masterclass. Today not only did the offense show out, the pitching held Norfolk State to just one hit.

SU started early with two runs to open the game. Jasso doubled to right field followed by a walk from Rebecca Clyde. Jasso single handedly stole third and home. Well Clyde scored due to a Tessa Galipeau groundout.

Hendrix kept the Spartans at bay going 1-2-3 striking out one.

The second saw even more scoring for SU. Olivia Pess was hit by a pitch and stole second. Back to back sacrifice groundouts scored the senior.

The Orange took a three run lead but then Jasso tripled for the ACC second best sixth time. Taylor Posner smacked her seventh home run of the year and extended SU’s lead to five.

Both offenses went quiet for the next inning and a half. Hendrix pitched the second while DiPasquale pitched the third. The Spartans could get a runner on base with the Orange had a bases loaded situation with just one out and couldn’t convert.

In the fourth, SU went to put the nail in the coffin. Angie Ramos leadoff the inning on first after being hit by a pitch. Then Posner did what she does best, hitting an RBI double. Then on a wild pitch Posner scored herself.

The Spartans changed pitchers to keep the mercy run away but Syracuse didn’t care. A single, a walk and a single by Madelyn Lopez tallied an 8th run for the Orange.

DiPasquale was shut down for the fourth and fifth and SU took its third mercy rule victory in 4 games.

The trip to Norfolk, Virginia was a success for the Orange going 4-0 but before returning back to the 315, SU travels to Charlottesville for a 3 game series against Virginia. The first game is Friday at 3.