Real Orange Heroes: Syracuse Softball Player Sydney O'Hara

O'Hara is the first player in school history to be recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as the National Player of the Week.

And you thought Tyler Ennis was the only freshman phenom around here?

The last time we profiled a Syracuse Orange womens' softball team player, it was pitcher Jenna Caira, who was called "the greatest pitcher to come through SU" by head coach Leigh Ross during her final season in 2012. Current freshman Sydney O'Hara has a ways to go to match Caira's stat sheet, but she's off to a really good start.

Stringing together an exceptional week of pitching and hitting performances, freshman Sydney O'Hara was selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week on Tuesday, March 18.

O'Hara, who was announced as the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Week on Monday, is the first student-athlete in school history to be recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as the National Player of the Week.

In six pitching appearances so far, O'Hara has a 1.22 ERA, 33 strikeouts, seven walks and a .171 batting average against. She has two shutouts and a one-hitter so far as well.

At the plate, she's hitting .500 (10-of-20) with 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 10 runs and a 1.100 slugging percentage.

The Orange are 10-14 overall but 5-1 when O'Hara pitches. So, you know, figure out a way to have her pitch every game, you guys...

Read about more Orange Heroes here.

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