Syracuse splits doubleheader at Felsberg Invitational to open season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm Contact Eli: efjarjou@syr.edu Syracuse (1-1) split its Saturday doubleheader at the Felsberg Invitational, beating Penn State (3-1) in the season opener before losing to host Florida International (2-1). SU knocked off the Nittany Lions 5-4 before falling to FIU 2-1, and both games came after the Orange were scheduled to play on Friday until a travel complication pushed their 2020 debut to Saturday morning. SU’s veterans started their season off strong as junior Gabby Teran went 3-for-7 on the day with a home run and three RBIs, while senior Alexa Romero pitched a complete game in her first start of the year.Syracuse went down early against PSU when the bottom of the Nittany Lions order strung together a few hits. At the top of the second, PSU’s Dani Fey tripled with runners on second and third and was sent home on a subsequent single. The Nittany Lions doubled and then scored on a throwing error by shortstop Neli Casares-Maher in the very next inning, extending their lead to four runs.Teran homered for SU’s first hit of the season in the bottom of the third and would tack on an RBI triple in the fifth frame to cut the lead to two. Syracuse loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning and PSU walked in two runs to tie up the contest heading into the seventh.Both SU and Penn State failed to win the game in regulation. In extras, Romero would prove to be the hero for Syracuse. After the runner placed at second advanced to third on a passed ball by catcher Jude Padilla, Romero struck out two to retire the side and get out of the jam. At the bottom of the inning, Toni Martin stole third and reached home on an error to walk it off for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the second game against FIU, freshman Kaia Oliver made her Syracuse debut and took her first loss despite an impressive outing. After a pitching duel for three innings, the Panthers broke the game open on the basepaths in the fourth. FIU’s Alexis Ross hit an infield single to lead off the inning and advanced all the way to third after a steal and a wild pitch. The Panthers singled to take the lead but the scoring didn’t end there. An FIU single would put runners at the corners and another steal by the Panthers brought runners to second and third. A potential double play became a fielder’s choice on the next at-bat and SU found themselves down two runs to none.Syracuse got its last real chance in the sixth inning when freshman Rebecca Clyde hit a leadoff triple and scored on a 16-pitch single by Teran — who stole second on the next at-bat but couldn’t advance further. A Jamie Gregg strikeout followed by an Alex Acevedo pop up halted SU’s momentum and three straight flyouts in the seventh inning ended the Orange’s comeback attempt.Syracuse will resume action tomorrow in its final game of the Felsberg Invitational against Michigan State. Commentslast_img read more

NBA players boycott playoffs after police shooting of Jacob Blake

first_imgNBA teams are boycotting their playoff games to protest the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who is black. Black Lives Matter protests have surged across the US once more this week in response to Kenosha, Wisconsin, police paralyzing Blake by shooting him in the back seven times on Sunday. The boycotts began with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday in their game with Orlando Magic. “Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we’re fed up,” Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry, who is the son of Bucks owner Marc Lasry, tweeted after news of the boycott began to spread. “Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.”The Bucks boycott was followed by tweets from several high-profile NBA stars, with the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, Denver Nuggets’ Jamaal Murray and Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell demanding change and justice. The Bucks players are staying in the locker room trying to reach Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, reports The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. Magic responded saying it stands with the Bucks and with all NBA players and the league “in condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police against people of color.”All three games for today — Bucks-Magic, Thunder-Rockets and Lakers-Blazers — have now been canceled. It’s unclear whether tomorrow’s game between the Jazz and Nuggets will go ahead as scheduled. Earlier reports on Wednesday suggested that Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, also set for Thursday, would be boycotted by players in response to the shooting.Black Lives Matter protests have continued across the US since June as people demonstrate against the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of the police, and against systemic racism. Two people were shot to death and another was wounded during the third night of Jacob Blake protests Tuesday night. A 17-year-old from Illinois has been arrested as a result.Since the NBA season resumed following coronavirus delays, most players have been taking a knee during the national anthem prior to the games. “Black Lives Matter” is painted on each of the three courts in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World, Florida, and players are also able to wear social justice and civil rights messages on their jerseys.All WNBA games are likewise cancelled tonight, according to a report, while in MLB the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds have cancelled their game. The Seattle Mariners also voted to cancel their MLB game.last_img read more