Syracuse Poured on the Offensive against Campbell

Saturday, Feb 10, 2024 at 1:06 pm by Sports Editor

By: Nathaniel Cunningham | @n_cunning_0

In the first game of day two at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic, Syracuse Softball (2-1, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set high expectations for what SU softball can do. The Orange scored at least 3 runs in each inning. Syracuse also tallied 13 runs, their most in a game since March 2022. 

Early Offensive Attack

Makenzie Foster got the action started with a lead-off single. After that, the floodgates opened. Angel Jasso tripled down the right field line, scoring Foster. A throwing error on a ground ball to third saw Jasso score while Taylor Posner reached safely. Back-to-back sacrifice soft singles saw the orange tally a third run in just the first inning. 

The Orange kept the Camels scoreless in the top of the second and stayed hot at the plate. With a fielding error and a wild pitch to start the 2nd, Syracuse’s Angel Jasso capitalized with a single, scoring 2. 

A pitching change was supposed to help relieve some stress but instead, the Orange kept piling it on. Taylor Posner doubled down the left field line and SU had a 6-0 lead 2 innings into the game. 

After having a 6 run lead, the orange would not look back. A 3 run home run from Posner in the 3rd added to the onslaught. The Orange scored 7 more runs in the 3rd and the 4th, all of which were scored via an RBI. 

Pitchers Prowess

Purdue transfer Julianna Verni got her first start in her SU career. Through 4 innings, the sophomore gave up just 2 hits, 0 earned runs, 3 walks, and had no strikeouts. Then in the 5th, a walk, single, double, single saw 3 runs and the end of Verni’s day. 

Syracuse’s best pitcher last year, Madison Knight, came in to close out the 5th. The sophomore forced 2 flyouts and the sole strikeout of the game to give SU its second win of the season. 

Syracuse isn’t done in South Carolina yet though. SU takes on George Washington (1-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) at 11:15 and Campbell at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon. | @n_cunning_0