Syracuse makes strides at Mary Nutter Classic, struggles in late innings against top-flight teams

first_img Published on February 24, 2014 at 12:48 am Syracuse was unable to clinch a winning trip to Cathedral City, Calif., despite winning the first two of its five games in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic softball tournament. SU (4-6) opened up tournament play with a 7-5 victory over University of California Davis (5-13). Senior outfielder Shirley Daniels hit her first home run of the season and junior second baseman Julie Wambold hit a go-ahead two-run home run in sixth inning to give SU a lead it wouldn’t give up. Freshman pitcher Sydney O’Hara collected the win, pitching two and two-thirds innings of relief and struck out six of the 11 hitters she faced. In the nightcap of the doubleheader, the Orange staved off a late comeback attempt by California Polytech (7-9) in a 3-2 win. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWambold hit her second home run of the day, this one a solo shot, to put her team up 3-0 in the fifth inning.Freshman pitcher Christina Clermont notched her first collegiate victory, with her only blemish in six innings of work a two-run home run by Mustang freshman pitcher Sierra Hyland. Clermont’s freshman pitcher counterpart, O’Hara, pitched a perfect seventh inning to close out a perfect 2-0 start to the tournament for the Orange.Syracuse looked to carry its momentum into its third game of the tournament against defending-champion No. 13 Oklahoma.One out away from getting through the first inning unscathed, a two-run double and a wild pitch set the Orange back 3-0. The Sooners wouldn’t relinquish the lead, winning 6-2.Sophomore outfielder Riley Johnson provided all the offense for SU on the day, smashing her first home run of the season and providing an RBI single into right field to keep a seventh-inning rally alive that ultimately fell short in the losing effort. In last season’s Mary Nutter Classic, SU lost to then-No.17 Stanford in a close 2-1 battle. But on the third day of tournament play, Syracuse came within two outs of beating No. 11 Stanford.An error on junior pitcher Lindsay Taylor in the seventh inning allowed the tying run to come across and score, and the Cardinal scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat Syracuse 11-5.In the last game of the tournament, SU was one out away from victory. Three consecutive hits with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning brought across two runs to score and secured a 7-6 victory for Long Beach State (9-5). Five different Syracuse players collected an RBI, with Daniels, Watson and freshman catcher Nicole Lundstrom each collecting two hits.Sophomore pitcher Lindsey Larkin was tacked with the loss, yielding two runs in three and one-third innings.Syracuse travels to Kissimmee, Fla. for the Citrus Classic-ESPN Rise tournament for five games next weekend.compiled by Connor Grossman, staff writer, [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mesud Pezer to fight for a Medal at the European Championship in Berlin

first_imgThe finals in shot pot at the European Championship in Athletics is scheduled for tonight, and Mesud Pezer will represent BiH.Pezer threw the ball for 20.16 meters during yesterday’s qualifiers, and thus he was ranked as fifth in the finals.This qualifying result gives a hope to Pezer that he can win a medal tonight.The finals will start at 8:33 p.m. and the favourite is David Storl.Besides Storl, Michal Haratyuk from Poland, Stipe Zunic from Croatia and Makim Afonin from Russia are also hoping for medal.Besides them and Pezer, in the finals will also perform Aleksej Nihjapar from Belarus, Nikolas Skarvelis from Greece, Konrad Bukowiecki from Poland, Tomas Stanek from the Czech Republic, Bob Bertems from Luxembourg, Jakub Szyszkowski from Poland and Francisco Belo from Portugal.(Source: E. B./ read more


first_imgThe Donegal U13 side pictured prior to their victory over Cavan and Monaghan earlier this afternoon.Kevin McHugh’s U13 Donegal Schoolboys side produced another superb display earlier this afternoon to ensure they move one step closer to qualification for the knock-out stages of the All-Ireland competition.McHugh’s side defeated Sligo 5-2 last month and followed that victory up with another scintillating display against Cavan/Monaghan in Cootehill.The game was evenly contested in the opening half with few clear-cut chances, although Donegal had the lions share of possession. Donegal then saw appeals for a penalty waved away when Conor Black was tripped in the box.In the second-half, Donegal’s dominance finally paid off and they took the lead from a corner when Carlos O’Reilly powered a header to the net.Donegal created plenty of other chances and had a goal disallowed five minute later.The decisive goal arrived via sub Finian O’Donnell, it was a great individual goal which O’Donnell buried low to the keepers left hand side. Assistant manager Mel O’Donnell told Donegal Daily, ” It is a very good result for us, and that leaves us on the brink of qualification to the All-Ireland semi final.“We’re delighted with the ways these boys prepare themselves and apply themselves every week.“They’re a credit to the County, and there a joy to work with.“We lost the All-Ireland Final last year to Waterford, so we’re hoping we can one better this year, but we still have an awful long way to go, but the signs are encouraging.SUPER DONEGAL U13 SCHOOLBOYS DEFEAT CAVAN/MONAGHAN IN EMPHATIC DISPLAY was last modified: February 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalnewsSchoolboyssoccerSportlast_img read more