March 16, 2018
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (8-18, 0-4 ACC) committed six errors to help Syracuse (14-7, 3-1 ACC) to a 12-0 series-opening, run-rule victory at The Park.
Syracuse jumped to an early lead, capitalizing on a pair of second-inning walks to push across a run. The Orange loaded the bases with no one out, then used a sacrifice fly off the bat of Andrea Bombace to stake the early advantage.
Virginia starter Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) managed to tight rope out of the inning without further damage, stranding runners at second and third.
The Orange tacked on two more in the fourth. A leadoff single was followed by a walk and an error on a sacrifice bunt, once again loading the bases for Syracuse. A groundout scored one before another error allowed a second run to score.
Syracuse took complete control of the game with a nine-run top of the fifth inning. The Orange needed just three hits as Virginia committed four errors in the frame.
Alexa Romero (10-4) earned the win for Syracuse, tossing a no-hitter in the five-inning affair. The no-no is the third of the year for the left hander, who struck out nine on the evening.
Osherow (4-8) took the loss in the circle for Virginia. The junior allowed five runs, four earned, on just two hits but walked five.
Virginia and Syracuse return to The Park for game two of the series on Saturday (March 17) at 1 p.m.