Syracuse walks-off against Virginia Tech for the second straight game in 2-1 win

first_imgThe situation seemed eerily similar. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Sammy Fernandez and Alicia Hansen knew how the final plays could develop.“Walk-off time.” Hansen told Fernandez.“Maybe it’s your turn,” Fernandez responded.That inning started with two outs. But Fernandez singled, and then scored on a single from Hansen after an error. It resulted in a 2-1 Syracuse (29-18, 9-10 Atlantic Coast) win over Virginia Tech (19-33, 5-18 Atlantic Coast), the second time in as many days that the Orange walked off against the Hokies. The victory came after six innings of offensive struggles from the Orange, but the game was kept close until Hansen’s single.“Right when the inning started I looked to everyone and said, ‘Please let me get up,’” Hansen said. “I knew I could win it. I don’t feel pressure.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game developed nearly identical to SU’s 3-2 walk-off victory on Friday. In both games SU struggled to create offense until the bottom half of the seventh inning. Adding to the similarities, both games ended on a line-drive single to left field in which the outfielder overran the ball, letting it slip under their glove.Over the last 12 games prior to Friday’s contest, Syracuse had scored five or more runs in 10 of them. The struggles that SU have had offensively in this series aren’t common for an Orange team that ranks third in the ACC in total runs scored.“Last weekend we scored ten against (North Carolina) and lost, then we scored two against (Virginia Tech) and won,” head coach Mike Bosch said. “There’s only one thing at the end of the day that matters and that’s winning at the end of the game.”Bosch added that he does enjoy walk-off victories a lot, even if his team playfully teased him for his celebratory antics, hopping up and down with his arms high in the air, after both wins. But he also says that he wants the team to take more advantage offensively earlier in the game and that the team should not wait for the seventh inning to get things going.SU showed signs of making good contact all game long. The team swung on a lot of first pitches and challenged the Hokies by putting the ball in play. Virginia Tech responded with sound defensive plays which Fernandez says “robbed” the Orange of a few better hits.“We hit a lot of hard balls today, (Jessica Heese) had a really hard hit ball and (Hannah Dossett), (Hansen) had two hard ones that got robbed,” Fernandez said. “We hit well, it was just right at them. We were unlucky today.”Fernandez, who scored the final run, knew that she had as important an opportunity to make a play as Hansen did. Immediately when she got on base, Bosch yelled to her that she needed to always have a mentality to score. And if the ball landed in the gap, she was going to be on home plate.Bosch said that he was confident with the situation after Fernandez, who holds the Syracuse record for hits in a single season with 70, got on base. She is one of SU’s best runners and Bosch said that Syracuse was fortunate that she was on base at that point of the game.“As I was rounding second I was looking for Bosch and I caught him early, he was waving me home,” said Fernandez. “I was just trying to book it as fast as I could around the bases.”After she crossed the plate she quickly embraced her teammates and Hansen, the one who brought her home.“I wanted it.” Hansen said.And she got it. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Kluivert keen on Van Gaal reunion

first_imgPatrick Kluivert would relish the chance to again work alongside new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal in a coaching capacity.Van Gaal formally took charge at United on Wednesday after his role as Netherlands coach came to an end following the nation’s participation at the FIFA World Cup. Kluivert worked as Van Gaal’s assistant at international level for two years and also played under the 62-year-old at both Ajax and Barcelona as well as for their country. And while Kluivert is disappointed to have been overlooked for the number two role at Old Trafford in favour of Ryan Giggs, he has not ruled out the possibility of forming part of Van Gaal’s backroom staff at the Premier League club at some point. “I talked with Van Gaal and he said he would have loved to have given me the opportunity at Manchester United, but there was somebody already in my position,” the legendary former striker told talkSPORT. “I’m fine with it.  “I would have loved to come to Manchester United. I hope it can happen in the future, you never know.”The synergy that exists between the pair means Kluivert is well placed to make predictions about how United will fare with Van Gaal. Although returning the club to the UEFA Champions League following the disappointment of last season is arguably the Dutchman’s primary aim, Kluivert believes Van Gaal is setting his sights higher. He added: “He’s absolutely going for the Premier League title. A club like Manchester United always has to go for the title and that’s what he wants in his first year.”He’s a great coach and I know he’s looking forward to taking over at Manchester United.  “It will be a difficult year but I know he can do it. He can work well with the squad.”Van Gaal is a great tactician and he wants to win matches. He likes to play offensive and attractive football as well though. He won’t disappoint the Manchester United fans.”last_img read more