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Syracuse Softball Splits on Opening Day in Las Vegas

Syracuse squeaks past Long Beach State 1-0 and falls to Lamar 3-0 in the Sportco Kick Off Classic.

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The Syracuse Orange opened up the 2016 campaign in Sin City playing in the Sportco Kick Off Classic.

In the first game of their two game day on Friday, Syracuse took on Long Beach State. This game was a pitcher's duel all throughout, as both pitchers went the distance throwing a complete game and not allowing an earned run. The lone run in the game came on a walk from Long Beach State's Cielo Maza to Syracuse's Sydney O'Hara which brought in Alyssa Dewes in the bottom of the third inning. On the mound for Syracuse was the sophomore AnnaMarie Gatti (1-0).  Gatti finished off her complete game shutout allowing one walk, striking out two and giving up six hits. The Orange bats were silenced by 13 strikeouts from Maza, but they were able to get the run when it mattered to give first year head coach Mike Bosch his first win.

In the second game, the Orange's offense did not get any better. The Orange were only able to muster four hits on Lamar's Ciara Luna in this game, but none of those hits seemed to happen when the Orange needed them most. In the bottom of the first inning, Jocelyn Cater (0-1) allowed the game's first run on a wild pitch which let Lamar's Ashley McDowell score. Cater, who was Syracuse's ace last year, struggled to do much in this game as she was pulled in the third inning and replaced by Sydney O'Hara.

In the top of the fifth with Lamar leading 1-0, Syracuse had the bases loaded and looked to be primed to take the lead, but the opportunity was squandered. Danielle Chitkowski flied out to second base for the first out, Pre-season All-ACC selection Maddi Doane then hit into a fielder's choice and Sammy Fernandez grounded out to third base. That was the closest the Orange would get to scoring. The Cardinals would go on to score two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and the Orange did not respond, losing 3-0 and bringing them to 1-1 on the season so far.

The Orange look to bounce back in games against #9 Oklahoma and UNLV today to close out their time in Las Vegas.