Virginia Splits Twin Bill With Syracuse Saturday
Box Score April 9, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It was a day for back and forth games as Virginia (13-26, 3-8 ACC) split a doubleheader with Syracuse (18-17, 5-8 ACC) at the Park on Saturday.
The Cavaliers rallied to win the first game 5-3, but couldn’t hold off a Syracuse rally in the second game. Virginia dropped game two 10-8 to split the twin bill. The two teams will play the deciding game of the series at noon on Sunday.
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) was the pitcher of record in both games. She moved to 10-16 on the season after picking up the win in the complete-game effort from game one, but suffering the loss in 6.0 innings of relief work in game two.
Allie Arneson (Aledo, Texas) hit a solo home run in the first game to push the Cavaliers in front of the Orange for the come from behind win.
Virginia 5, Syracuse 3
Syracuse got on the board in the first inning, loading the bases with one out before a fielder’s choice to second brought in the first run of the game. The Cavaliers then got a groundout in the next at bat to end the inning, but trailed 1-0.
The Orange added a second run in the second inning, taking advantage of a fielding error on a bunt to put the leadoff runner in scoring position. Syracuse brought her around with a sac bunt and a single to take the 2-0 lead before Virginia would get out of the inning.
Syracuse pushed another run home in the third, this time on a wild pitch and a throwing error with two outs that allowed the lead runner to scamper home for the 3-0 lead.
Virginia pushed three runs home in the third inning, capitalizing on miscues by the Orange to tie the game. With two outs, the Cavaliers put the rally together, taking advantage of a fielding error at first and a single through the left side from Danni Ingraham (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) to even the score.
Arneson pushed Virginia in front in the fourth with her solo shot to left field.
Virginia extended the lead to 5-3 in the fifth inning when Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) hit an RBI single through the right side to score Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.). Davis doubled to open the inning.
Osherow and the Cavaliers held the Orange in check down the stretch to take the opening game of the doubleheader.
Syracuse 10, Virginia 8
Syracuse again got out to the early lead, using a three-run home run in the first inning to get on the board.
Virginia answered in the home half of the inning, getting an RBI double from Kaitlin Fitzgerald (Placentia, Calif.) to get on the board. Davis scored on the play after reaching on a fielding error and stealing second. Park then singled up the middle to score Fitzgerald. A walk of Ingraham and a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position before they both came home on a chopper to first from Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.) as Virginia moved in front 4-3 after the first.
Syracuse got a run back in the second, but again Virginia answered with a single run in the home half to reclaim the lead.
Virginia extended its lead in the third inning, pushing two runs across the plate with a two-out rally. The Cavalier rally included RBI doubles from Arneson and Aimee Chapdelaine (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) as Virginia moved out to a 7-4 lead.
Syracuse wouldn’t go away, putting together its own two-out rally in the fourth. Following back-to-back strikeouts to open the inning, the Orange used four consecutive singles to pull within one of the Cavaliers at 7-6.
Four more runs for the Orange in the fifth saw the lead go back to the visiting team as Virginia trailed 10-7 heading to the bottom of the inning.
Labshere got a run back with her sixth home run of the season in the home half of the fifth to cut the lead to 10-8.
Virginia got two in scoring position in the sixth, but couldn’t get them home as Syracuse maintained the lead the rest of the way to grab the second game of the doubleheader.
Virginia 5, Syracuse 3 (Apr 09, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.)
Syracuse………… 111 000 0 – 3 8 1 (17-17, 3-7 ACC)
Virginia………… 003 110 X – 5 8 3 (13-25, 4-8 ACC)
Pitchers: Syracuse – Jocelyn Cater and Hannah Dossett. Virginia – and Katie Park.
Win-Erika Osherow(10-15) Loss-Jocelyn Cater(8-6) T-1:49 A-0
HR VA – Allie Arneson (3).
Weather: 46, Windy
Syracuse 10, Virginia 8 (Apr 09, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.)
Syracuse………… 310 240 0 – 10 15 2 (18-17, 5-8 ACC)
Virginia………… 412 010 0 – 8 10 2 (13-26, 3-8 ACC)
Pitchers: Syracuse – AnnaMarie Gatti; Sydney O’Hara(3); Jocelyn Cater(6) and Olivia Martinez.
Virginia – Lacy Smith; Erika Osherow(2) and Katie Park.
Win-Sydney O’Hara(3-2) Save-Jocelyn Cater(1) Loss-Erika Osherow(10-16) T-2:28 A-187
HR SU – Andrea Bombace.
HR VA – Madison Labshere (6).
Weather: 46, Windy
L. Smith faced 1 batter in the 2nd.