SB : Syracuse uses clutch hitting, manufactures runs to defeat Binghamton

first_img Comments Published on April 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweets If Jasmine Watson timed her swing a split second better, the ball would have flown over the left-field fence. Instead, her monster cut sent a line drive into foul territory, kicking up a cloud of dirt when it landed in the Syracuse bullpen.But when hitters like Watson couldn’t locate their home run swings, they took walks and did whatever they could to extend the inning. Once in scoring position, SU pounced when it counted. The Orange scored each of its six runs with two outs in a 6-1 win in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against Binghamton at Skytop Softball Stadium. Carey-Leigh Thomas provided the biggest hit – a three-run home run in the fifth inning that accounted for half of SU’s scoring – but she was just one of many players who came up with big hits with two outs. The Orange went on to sweep the doubleheader with a 2-0 victory over the Bearcats in game two.Head coach Leigh Ross said the clutch hitting in the first game was a deciding factor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘To pick up those extra hits with two outs makes a difference,’ Ross said. ‘You end up being able to breathe a little easier later on.’ SU earned that breathing room in the fifth inning. That inning – sparked by Watson’s walk – was a case study on how SU’s recommitment to patience at the plate led to clutch hitting and runs batted in. Before Thomas put the game on ice with a three-run center field shot, SU held an unconvincing 2-1 lead. But Watson earned her way to first after eight pitches. Watson’s pinch runner, outfielder Emily Thompson, went from first to second on a wild pitch. And catcher Lacey Kohl walked to extend the inning even further, prompting louder and louder cheers from the SU dugout.‘That just shows we all have each other’s backs when we hit,’ Kohl said. ‘We don’t always need the huge hits, but we knew we were onto something.’It didn’t take long for that something to happen. With two outs and runners on first and second, hitting coach Wally King said there ‘wasn’t any base for Carey-Leigh Thomas to walk to.’ Thomas said after King nodded to her and signaled that she could swing freely, she knew it was time to make Bearcats starter Kristen Emerling pay for those walks.‘That pumped me up,’ Thomas said of her coach’s swing-for-the-fences signal.If her teammates weren’t on base, Thomas’ centerfield shot would not have been as severe a blow. But that home run scored Kohl and Thompson too – and Thomas said she wouldn’t have had a shot to get that home run without Watson’s and Kohl’s patience. ‘I knew I had to score my teammates,’ said Thomas. ‘Coaches tell us to lock in because we never want to leave people on base, and everyone did their job in the first game to make sure that happened.’By manufacturing runs, SU scored its base runners rather than leaving them hanging. In the sixth inning, outfielder Shirley Daniels legged out a single as the leadoff hitter before stealing second base. And again, with two outs, SU scored when Lisaira Daniels doubled her sister home. SU earned an early lead by deploying the same tactics. Kohl reached second and stole third. With two outs left and Thomas at the plate, Kohl scored on a wild pitch by Emerling.Kohl said that inning, and the innings that followed, showed that her teammates will do whatever it takes to score runs and keep the at bats coming. ‘Nobody ever wants to be the third out, no one on this team wants to be last in anything,’ said Kohl. ‘Two outs or not, we’re trying to score.’ nctoney@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 90-61 victory over Georgia Tech

first_img Published on March 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ In a season full of buzzer-beaters, court-stormings and harrowing wins in the Carrier Dome, Saturday’s game was none of the above. Syracuse (18-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) demolished Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10), 90-61, in the Orange’s largest margin of victory in conference play. Andrew White led all scorers with 40 points, capping off a dominant offensive game from the hosts.Here are three reactions to the game.A much-needed winSyracuse and Georgia Tech both entered the regular-season finale with teetering NCAA Tournament chances. Both teams have struggled on the road and both have pulled off surprising upsets at home. With such similar resumes, Saturday’s win was important for the Orange’s resume.Now SU can look toward next week’s ACC tournament with a bit more comfort, facing far less pressure to win a game outside of the Carrier Dome. It remains to be seen who Syracuse’s opponent will be, but Saturday’s win ensured SU earns a first-round bye and will begin the conference tournament on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhite outIn what could be his final game in the Carrier Dome, White strung together a career-best day against the Yellow Jackets. The fifth-year senior poured in a career-high 40 points, putting an exclamation point on what’s been a dominant offensive season for the sharpshooter. He made 8-of-9 3-point attempts and contributed mightily to a game where SU shot 62.5 percent behind the arc.As Georgia Tech started to chip in to SU’s lead, White was instrumental in a 21-2 second-half run that put the game away. The 6-foot-7 guard buried four 3-pointers en route to scoring 17 of the Orange’s 21 points during that stretch.Georgia Tech’s best chance to stop White was to stop him from shooting. In the midst of his second-half rampage, the Yellow Jackets blatantly fouled White behind the arc, drawing a couple of claps and a wry smile from head coach Jim Boeheim. White made all three of his free throws.It should be no surprise that White keyed a Syracuse win. He’s done it all year, but never as much as he did on Saturday.Jump startAfter taking more than five minutes to make a field goal in its game last weekend against Louisville, Syracuse wasted no time against Georgia Tech. Freshman forward Taurean Thompson buried a long jumper on SU’s first possession, and the Orange proceeded to open an early nine-point lead by making its first five baskets. Freshman guard Tyus Battle poured in three 3-pointers, laying the foundation of his 22-point game.The hot start fueled Syracuse to a 16-point first-half lead, spearheaded by Battle’s 13 points in the opening 20 minutes. The early cushion was vital as SU’s defense started to wear down. The Yellow Jackets scored the last four points of the half before going on a 9-0 run out of halftime to close the Orange’s lead to three. Commentslast_img read more

Wisconsin stuns powerhouse Penn State

first_imgSunday’s win over Penn State is the first 5-set victory Wisconsin experienced all season. It was also the Badgers’ first win over the Nittany Lions since 2006.[/media-credit]To be the best, you have to beat the best – and the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team did just that Sunday.The Badgers (14-12, 6-8) knocked off defending four-time national champion No. 6 Penn State (17-6, 11-3) at the Field House in five sets, 26-24, 25-19, 32-34, 14-25, 15-12.Sunday afternoon’s match resembled more of a boxing match than a volleyball contest, as Wisconsin and Penn State exchanged blow after blow on the court in one of the hardest fought and most exciting matches of the season, featuring 32 tied scores and 12 lead changes. Wisconsin beat Penn State for the first time since 2006 and won for the first time in five sets all season.“That was a great win for our program in a lot of ways,” head coach Pete Waite said. “We saw some very good ball on our side of the net Friday against Ohio State in the first set, but we didn’t sustain that. This time we sustained it.”Helping in large part to sustain that performance was junior Alexis Mitchell, who fought admirably against Penn State’s gigantic front line, as the middle blocker totaled 10 kills and seven blocks against one of the nation’s best squads.“I’m still in shock,” junior Alexis Mitchell said. “It’s just great to win like that, especially after letting them come back. We felt a little bit down, but we dug deep and pulled it out in the fifth set. It was a great game to play and be a part of.”Right off the bat, it was a tight one. In an opening set that had seven tied scores and two lead changes, the Badgers came back after trailing for a majority of the set. Down 17-14, Wisconsin used a combination of Penn State attack errors, blocks and several strong kills from the front line to down Penn State.In the opening set, the Badgers hit a lower percentage than the Nittany Lions, as Penn State outhit Wisconsin .250 to .182. However, the Badgers benefited nicely from five Nittany Lion service errors, as Penn State ultimately committed 13 on the day compared to Wisconsin’s three.“A big stat for me in the match was the service errors,” Waite said. “It should make the players feel good that [serve-receive] came together when it needed to.”However, after a Badger win in the second set it looked like the wheels might fall off, as the Nittany Lions took the third and fourth sets. The Badgers had numerous opportunities to complete the sweep in the third set, since the team had the Nittany Lions at match point five separate times in extra points. But momentum looked to be shifting to Penn State, especially after Wisconsin dropped the fourth set 14-25.But the Badgers finished what they started in the fifth and final set – thanks in large part to a key 7-2 run that helped break a 2-2 tie. The final point of the set and the match came on a kill by junior Bailey Reshel, bringing a thunderous roar from the home crowd and a jubilant team celebration onto the floor.“I think we knew after the fourth set we needed to make a change,” sophomore Annemarie Hickey said. “All of us wanted to win really bad; we’ve just been really sick of losing. We talked all week about playing for our team, and I think we really came together as a team that game.”It was an impressive victory for Wisconsin, considering the team was coming off arguably its most disappointing loss of the season. Friday night at home against No. 22 Ohio State was a completely different affair, as Wisconsin looked terrific in the first set but faded fast, falling in four sets, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21.Wisconsin hit its second-lowest hitting percentage of the season, as the Badgers posted a measly .098 ratio (44 kills, 30 errors, 143 attempts). After Friday, it looked like the Badgers might be losing grips on their NCAA tournament hopes, but the Badgers showed a giant burst of life by responding from a disappointing loss in the biggest way possible.“We really found a way as a team – everyone on the bench and the court – to pull through and get this game,” Mitchell said. “Five set games so far this season haven’t gone our way, so we really wanted to get back on track. This was a great win for us and a great confidence builder going into facing Michigan and Michigan State next weekend because we know what they’re capable of, but now we know what we’re capable of.”last_img read more