Wednesday, April 7, 2010

SU Softball Sweeps St. John's

The Red Storm was in town, but everyone was more afraid of one that may or may not have been coming.

With isolated thunderstorms in the forecast, the Syracuse University Softball team's double-header against St. John's University was changed to start an hour earlier than the original 3 p.m. start time. The rain held off for the entirety of the match-up and the Orange swept the double-header, 3-2 and 6-2.

Stephanie Watts, who normally starts at second base for the Orange, was scratched from the line-up today due to sickness. Freshman center fielder Veronica Grant filled in at 2nd base, where she played in high school, though she said after the game it was weird to transition back to that position. Lisaira Daniels moved from right field to center field, and Meghan Boston played in right.

Syracuse trailed St. John's for most of the first game until the 6th inning, when Grant and Daniels powered the offense. Daniels tripled to drive in Grant, the eventual winning run.

Freshman Stacy Kuwik made her home pitching debut in the second game, tossing a complete game with five strikeouts and allowing only one earned run. Head Coach Leigh Ross said after the game she chose to go with Kuwik for this game because she tends to throw hard and inside and noticed in the first game that the St. John's hitters struggled against those kinds of pitches.

The Orange hosts Providence this weekend for a three-game series.

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