Syracuse Loses Games To St. Francis, and the Weather

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 9:42 am by Sports Editor

By Spencer Pierce

CitrusTV Softball Reporter

There were only a handful of scenarios that could have made Syracuse University’s softballs season go from bad to worse.

The Orange were confronted with one of those scenarios today vs Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania).

The Orange got on the board in the bottom of the third inning off of a Gabby Teran infield single. Alexa Romero was absolutely dealing, the defense hadn’t played too great, but the Orange looked like they were in control of this game.

In the 6th inning, Tayven Rousseau of SFU hit a monster shot off of Romero, putting the Red Flash up 2-1.

What could have prevented this situation for the Orange was insurance runs. In my preview article this past week, I highlighted just how important it would be for the Orange to get insurance runs and add on the leads that they build. This would have been a game changer for them.

The Orange answered in the bottom of the 6th thanks to a fielder’s choice which scored Angel Jasso. Jasso got the inning started with a leadoff double.

In the 7th inning, the Red Flash threatened. With a runner in scoring position, the trustworthy Kaia Oliver came in to get the Orange out of the inning.

That was the last good thing to happen to the Orange though. The bats shut down, and extra innings proved to be an absolute disaster for the Orange. In the top of the 8th inning, Rousseau hit another home run, this time a three run dagger. The Red Flash added on one more run, making the score 6-2 going into the bottom of the 8th.

The Orange scored in the bottom half of the inning, but only one run, which evidently was not enough.

The Orange fell to the Red Flash 6-3.

They had a chance at redemption the next game vs Winthrop, but the game was canceled to weather again.

The Orange now sit at 2-3 and have two games left in the Winthrop Garnet/Gold Classic. They will play College of Charleston tomorrow at 10 a.m. and University of Illinois-Chicago at 12:30 p.m. | @swlp91