SB : Watts, Watson each homer to avenge earlier bad breaks

first_imgStephanie Watts and Jasmine Watson made a pact in center field.In the second game of a doubleheader against Rutgers on Saturday, they swore they wouldn’t give Scarlet Knights center fielder Lindsey Curran the chance to track down their fly balls.Curran robbed two potentially game-tying home runs to help Rutgers upset the Orange in the first game, so Watts and Watson promised they’d clear the wall this time.‘In between games, I went up to Watson and I challenged her to hit more home runs than me,’ Watts said. ‘It was a friendly thing, but we wanted to make sure we got those home runs back.’Both players smashed home runs that sailed over Curran, earning them redemption in a 5-3 win over the Scarlet Knights at Skytop Softball Stadium on Saturday. Syracuse (34-11, 11-3 Big East) defeated Rutgers (22-24, 9-10 Big East) 1-0 in the series finale Sunday to take the weekend series.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It was great to see them bounce back like that after catching those bad breaks in game one,’ head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘That’s just the way the game is sometimes, but obviously they were disappointed about it.’Watts and Watson both hit long fly balls that would have cleared the fence and tied the game 3-3 to give SU pitcher Jenna Caira a shot to win a game in which she set a career high with 18 strikeouts, but Curran took them away.Curran’s most spectacular catch came when she took away Watts’ homer. In the fifth inning, Rutgers starting pitcher Alyssa Landrith threw the second baseman a changeup that she said she could ‘put some power into.’When she launched the ball to deep left center, Watts assumed she had tied the game.But Curran had other plans. She leapt at the last second and extended her glove over the outfield fence to prevent a home run.‘I thought I had it for sure,’ Watts said. ‘I actually started into my home run trot to first because I thought I had it. She made a great play, but it was a bummer to see.’Curran’s glove robbed Watson in the next inning, too. The center fielder snatched another potential game-tying blast at the fence.‘It was frustrating,’ Watson said. ‘You had two big chances to tie the game, and it just didn’t happen.’Watts and Watson decided to turn their frustrations into a friendly home run competition to start the second game. Watson said it was the perfect way to break the tension of losing a game both players felt they could’ve won for their team.In the second inning, Watson drilled her ninth home run of the year to put SU ahead 1-0, buckling the knees of Curran when she realized she couldn’t track down the deep shot to straightaway center field.When she realized she hit the home run that evaded her in the previous game, Watson threw her hands up in elation on the jog to first base.‘I was a little happier to hit that one than I would’ve been otherwise,’ Watson said. ‘I’ve been struggling lately, and with what happened in the first game, it just felt good to hit one there.’Watts chased starter Abbey Houston out of the game an inning later with a two-run shot of her own, pushing the Orange lead to 3-0.From there, SU was in control, and in Ross’ eyes, Watts’ homer meant she was even with Curran for the two runs she denied them in the first game.‘You control what you can control, but it was a little bit of poetic justice,’ Ross said.nctoney@syr.edu Published on April 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweets Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse offense scores nine runs in 18-9 loss to No. 2 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Syracuse entered the bottom of the first inning down 4-0. After Florida State took an early 1-0 lead, SU starter Alexa Romero surrendered a three-run home run to deep right field. SU looked outmatched early against the No. 2 team in the country.But SU responded. Five hits, a walk and a wild pitch tied the game at four. The Orange would keep competing even when falling behind by large deficits.“We were seeing the ball well today,” Orange first baseman Sydney O’Hara said.Syracuse (19-13, 3-7 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 2 Florida State (36-1-1, 16-0), 18-9 on Saturday afternoon, as the Seminoles blasted five home runs. But despite the lopsided score, SU’s offense showed reasons for optimism. The nine runs were tied for the third-most in a game this year, and they came on a season-high 15 hits.“If we would’ve said we’d score nine runs,” head coach Mike Bosch said, “We would’ve probably signed up for that and thought we’d have a great chance to win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFSU’s starter, Meghan King, had given up just 15 runs all season and no other team has registered more than seven hits against her. The redshirt sophomore entered this Saturday’s game with a 0.75 ERA and a record of 16-0. Florida State, as a team, has 19 shutouts in 38 games.Sammy Fernandez led off the bottom of the first with a line drive to left field and then Alicia Hansen singled by beating out the throw on a three-foot dribbler. After a wild pitch, a Sydney O’Hara single, a walk and Rachel Burkhardt single, Hannah Dossett ripped a two-run double to tie the game at four with runners on second and third. The inning ended with the two runners stranded, but Syracuse bounced back.A few relatively uneventful innings ended when SU took a beating in the fourth.The Seminoles put up seven runs in the frame, and again, hope looked lost.But the Orange continued to rack up runs.Alyssa Dewes, who has struggled all season, doubled on a line drive to deep center field. After Fernandez advanced Dewes on a groundout, Hansen drove Dewes in on a single. O’Hara followed Hansen by hitting a single to deep right field, but when the right fielder, Carsyn Gordon, tried to field the ball, it bounced off of her leg for an error. O’Hara advanced to third on the error and Hansen scored.With O’Hara on third, Faith Cain reached first on another FSU error, and O’Hara came in to score. Still with only one out, SU quickly scored three runs and had a runner on base. After a Bryce Holmgren walk and a Rachel Burkhardt strikeout, Dossett reached on a fielder’s choice, but a botched catch sent Cain home. But Cain was thrown out by a mile to end the inning at 12-7, leaving two runners on base and nearing the top of the lineup.FSU added two more runs in the fifth, but couldn’t separate from the Orange. In the bottom of the fifth Hansen sent a ball deep to center field. FSU’s center fielder, Morgan Klaevemann climbed the wall to make a catch, but Hansen’s ball was too far, landing just in front of the Seminole team bus.The sophomore rounded the bases, arms out, mimicking an airplane. The team ran out to greet her at home plate, all players bouncing up and down. There was still life in the game.“I don’t hit a lot of home runs,” Hansen said, “so I just did what came to mind.”Florida State left two runners on base in the sixth, and faced a dangerous SU lineup. After two easy outs, the Orange put two runners on. Dewes, who hit well earlier in the game, struck out on three straight pitches, leaving two runners on. SU abandoned ten runners on base Saturday.FSU capitalized in the seventh, scoring four more runs, including the team’s fifth home run. SU’s bats fell short in the seventh, falling 18-9.“An opportunity lost,” Bosch said. “An opportunity to have a big win.” Commentslast_img read more