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

Samantha Bricio named Pac-12 Player of the Week

first_imgAfter upsetting top-ranked North Carolina and Brigham Young this past weekend, USC’s star women’s volleyball player Samantha Bricio was named the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for her performance in the 2015 Women of Troy Baden Invitational.This is Bricio’s fourth time winning the award in her storied four-year tenure at USC, which has included AVCA All-America Second Team in 2013 and 2014; Pac-12 All-Conference in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Volleyball Magazine’s All-America First Team in 2013.Along with fellow Women of Troy sophomore Brittany Abercrombie and senior Alicia Ogoms, Bricio was named to the Baden Invitational’s  All-Tournament Team. She was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player. Bricio has been awarded pre-conference tournament MVP six times and pre-conference all-tournament team honors 11 times during her career.The Guadalajara, Mexico, native helped then-No. 22 USC to seal the tournament title with 58 tournament kills, 67 points and 32 digs in wins against No. 7 North Carolina (3-1), unranked Chicago State (0-3) and No. 11 BYU (3-0).Not only did Bricio win USC’s 60th all-time Player of the Week Award — not including freshman awards — she also etched her name into the Women of Troy’s record books with her 1,485th career kill, passing former USC alums Keao Burdine (2001-04) and Megan McAllister (1987-90) for ninth place overall.This weekend also saw Bricio come within two digs of a 1,000-digs mark for her career, a true volleyball feat.Thanks to the captain’s 25 kills, 11 digs, .400 hitting percentage and three blocks against the BYU Cougars in the tournament’s final match, the Women of Troy are now ranked No. 8 in the nation.Bricio could earn  back-to-back Player of the Week honors as the Women of Troy will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to play in this weekend’s 2015  Northern Iowa Tournament which features a game against Creighton (1-2) on Friday,       Sept. 4, and games playing No. 10 Kentucky (3-0) and tournament host UNI (1-2) on Saturday,   Sept. 5.last_img read more

Vardar Defeats Sarajevo in Slovenia

first_imgFootball players of Sarajevo had their first defeat in preliminary matches in Slovenia.Football players of Dženan Uščuplić after the victory against the team Zory from Ukraine, yesterday were defeated from Vardar team from Skopje with a result 2:0. Hambardzumyan in 74 minute and Grozdanoski in 76 minute were the scorers of goals for Macedonian team.The last match within the preparations in Slovenia, Sarajevo will play against on 9 July, against Metalurg from Zaporožje.(Source: Fena)last_img read more