Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 8, 2020 at 7:42 pm Contact Eli: email@example.com 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. Comments
FRANCEEarly pace setters Lyon, appear to be coping admirably following life after the departure of Alexandre Lacazette. They dumped Strasbourg 4-0 last weekend to race to the top of the summit.They have another opportunity to bag maximum points away from home on Friday, albeit against more difficult opponents Rennes. It will be a difficult but not impossible task for OL, who can count on the goals and industry of Mariano Diaz and Nabil Fekir for a second successive weekend.Champions Monaco are on the road to face a Dijon side who were blown apart 3-0 by a rejuvenated Marseille team at the Stade Velodrome on the opening weekend.Monaco needs to tighten things at the back if they are to enjoy a successful title defence this campaign, though they shouldn’t break much sweat discarding Dijon based on the gulf in class between both teams.Big spending Paris Saint Germain, who are fifth on the table, plays their first away game of the season against Guingamp. They comfortably secured maximum points on the opening weekend without world record signing Neymar, who watched from the stands. Despite the bureaucratic bottle neck still involved in getting the Brazilian internationals paperwork signed off by erstwhile club Barcelona, it will be in the interest of all parties involved including the watching global audience for the star player to make his official PSG debut on Sunday, in order to begin to justify the huge figures splashed on him.They comfortably secured maximum points on the opening weekend without world record signing Neymar, who watched from the stands. Despite the bureaucratic bottle neck still involved in getting the Brazilian internationals paperwork signed off by erstwhile club Barcelona, it will be in the interest of all parties involved including the watching global audience for the star player to make his official PSG debut on Sunday, in order to begin to justify the huge figures splashed on him.Despite the bureaucratic bottle neck still involved in getting the Brazilian internationals paperwork signed off by erstwhile club Barcelona, it will be in the interest of all parties involved including the watching global audience for the star player to make his official PSG debut on Sunday, in order to begin to justify the huge figures splashed on him.Related ENGLANDThe Premier League returns in England starting from Friday night at the Emirates Stadium following a three-month break.Arsenal will take on Leicester City-who have clearly been busy in the transfer market- in a game Arsene Wenger’s side need to set an early season marker.Alexis Sanchez is confirmed absent for the next couple of Arsenal games, following an abdominal strain sustained in training. The Nigerian interest will be the trio of Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho. Iheanacho a new signing for the Foxes will look to force his way into the starting.The Nigerian interest will be the trio of Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho. Iheanacho a new signing for the Foxes will look to force his way into the starting lineup in the coming weeks but might have to be content with a place on the bench behind Shinji Okazaki for Friday’s match.Champions Chelsea begins the season with an all-too-familiar fixture against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.It would be recalled that ahead of the Blues league triumph in 2015, they started the season with a 3-1 against Burnley, before repeating same last season on Matchday 3 with a comprehensive 3-0 victory.Eden Hazard expectedly will be missing as he continues his recovery from injury, while Antonio Conte has to decide between the pair of Michy Batshuayi and record signing Alvaro Morata for the sole slot to lead the forward line.On Burnley’s part, forward Andre Gray has departed the club to sign for Watford in a £18milion switch, leaving Sean Dyche’s men short of bodies in attack.On Sunday at Saint James Park, Newcastle United mark their return to the top flight after a year’s absence with a tough and testing fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.In the days leading up to the season opener, Spurs left-back Danny Rose, categorically frowned at the clubs inactivity in the transfer market, demanding for world class players to walk through the door, rather than players whose names and profile have to be searched on Google.Newcastle United on their part have had a fairly quiet summer, recruiting Christian Atsu permanently from Chelsea, added to Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid, as Rafael Benitez looks to bolster his squad.The last time the pair met in the Premier League on this ground, coincidentally on the last day of 2015/16-Newcastle last in the top flight- the Magpies handed Spurs a comprehensive dressing down, running out 5-1 winners on the day.