SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Virginia softball team (29-20, 8-15 ACC) dropped both games of a doubleheader at Syracuse (22-22-1, 6-12-1 ACC) on Friday (April 28). The Cavaliers fell in game one by a score of 8-3 before falling in the second game 4-0.

GAME 1 – Syracuse 8, Virginia 3
Syracuse struck first with a solo home run to lead off the third inning. The next two batters reached base and stole second before a throwing error on a ground ball to second allowed both runs to score and left a runner on second. The Orange would go on to add three more runs in the inning to take the lead out to six.

Virginia answered in the fourth, loading the bases before Gabby Baylog would draw a walk with two outs to bring the first run home. Leah Boggs then singled to right to drive in two more runs and cut the lead to 6-3.

The Orange brought in two more runs in the sixth with a two-out single from Angel Jasso for the final margin of victory.

Eden Bigham (13-5) took the loss as she allowed five runs – two of them earned – on three hits with two walks and a strikeout across her 2.0 innings of work. She exited the game in the third inning with no outs and

Lindsey Hendrix (8-12) picked up the win as she allowed the three runs on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts through 4.0 innings of work. Madison Knight picked up the save as she worked the final 3.0 innings and entered the game with her team up three.

GAME 2 – Syracuse 4, Virginia 0
The Orange started the scoring in game two of the day as pitcher Madison Knight hit a solo home run to open the second inning. Syracuse then doubled the lead in the fourth inning with an RBI double down the left field line.

The Orange added two more runs in the sixth inning with a single from Knight and a double from Laila Alves as part of a two-out rally to cap the day’s scoring.

Savanah Henley (0-2) took the loss as she worked the complete game, allowing the four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.

Knight (12-7) notched the win as she held the Cavaliers to two hits with four walks and four strikeouts in the complete-game effort.


  • Savanah Henley worked a season-long 6.0 innings in the start against the Orange in game two.
  • The 6.0 innings is also a high for Henley in a Virginia uniform since joining the Hoos for the 2022 campaign.

“It was a little disappointing in the outcome and how we performed. I think the team is disappointed. I think we’re better than what we saw today and we know that. The key for us going into tomorrow is to stay hungry. We’ll watch our film and come back. We know we can compete with anyone in the country. We have to turn the page and be ready to get after it and attack our next game.”

Virginia and Syracuse close out the weekend series with a single game on Saturday (April 29). First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Skytop Softball Stadium.