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Syracuse (10-9, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) scored nine runs during the season to round off a Road Series sweep in Pittsburgh (9-18, 4-13). Five runs in the fourth inning along with a five strikeout game from pitcher Kaia Oliver secured a 9-3 router over the Panthers and brought the Orange back over 500.
For the fourth time in the series, Syracuse scored a run in the first inning. After Calista Almer had started walking, Angel Jasso dropped a Bunt and gave the Orange two runners on the base. Neli Casares-Maher ended up in third place, forcing Almer out and moving Jasso up to second place. Gabby Teran scored in left field to bring Jasso home and give Orange a 1-0 advantage.
Oliver gave up a home run in the second, but allowed only four hits through six innings. She recovered a day after giving up four runs in three innings in the double header on Saturday afternoon.
After a brief rain delay in the fourth inning, Syracuse registered three hits to regain his lead. After a lead-off flyout, Toni Martin and Paris Woods met consecutive singles, leaving the Orange runners in goal position. Martin was then driven home with an Almer double.
Pittsburgh brought on Brittany Knight and she immediately threw a pass that allowed Woods to score, giving Syracuse a 3-1 lead. Jasso then followed Almer’s RBI double with one of her own, her fourth extra base hit in the series.
After two consecutive walks by Teran and Lailoni Mayfield, the orange loaded the bases with two outs. Knight gave up a third walk to pinch batsman Makenna Fidler, which brought in Jasso for Syracuse’s fourth run. But the walks continued as Knights’ fourth straight walk brought Rebecca Clyde Teran home, extending Syracuse’s lead to 6-1, a season high of five runs in an inning.
But Pittsburgh tightened the score in the sixth inning, taking advantage of a triple from Sarah Seamans that made two inexperienced Panther runs 6-3.
Syracuse again scored a faulty seventh inning. Martin left to lead the inning, followed by Woods, who was the first to run into a mistake. With Almer, Martin and Woods attempted a double theft. Pitt missed third place and Martin came home.
With Woods in third place, a Jasso groundout allowed her to run home safely. The orange quickly got the runners back on track with a Casares Maher single and a Teran hit. Then Mayfield hit the ball on third base, resulting in the Panthers’ third error in the inning, allowing Casares-Maher to score a goal and extend Syracuse’s lead to 9-3.
Alexa Romero threw the seventh inning for the orange, secured the save and secured Syracuse’s first series of conferences since April 2018 against NC State.
Syracuse returns for its first home action of the season against Georgia Tech on April 1.
Posted on March 28, 2021 at 5:22 pm
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