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: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Lakers sign Alex Caruso to two-year deal on two-way contract

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCaruso caught the Lakers’ attention in Summer League with his hustle, playmaking and ability to play point guard while Ball sat out Monday’s game against Sacramento with a sore right groin. Caruso posted 18 points, nine assists and four steals while going 7 for 9 from the field (4 for 5 from 3-point range) in 30 minutes. Through four games, Caruso has averaged 6.5 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 50 percent in 17.5 minutes per game.The Lakers liked Caruso’s hustle and steady presence when he played for the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League last season. Caruso averaged 11.9 points, 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from 3-point range. After starring at Texas A&M for four seasons, Caruso joined the Oklahoma City Thunder to open 2016 training camp before being waived Oct. 17.In the first season the NBA has implemented the new mechanism, only players with four or fewer years of NBA experience are eligible to sign two-way contracts for a maximum of two seasons.Deal inkedThe Lakers officially signed free-agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal on Thursday, increasing their regular-season roster to 12 players. The Lakers can have as many as 20 players on their training camp roster and 15 players for the 2017-18 regular-season. That roster total does not count Caruso’s signing because of his two-way deal. The Lakers have yet to sign second-round draft pick Thomas Bryant, who could be another candidate for a two-way contract. Guard David Nwaba is also expected to clear waivers on Friday afternoon after the Lakers waived him on Wednesday.The Lakers will hold an introductory news conference for Caldwell-Pope on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka are expected to attend. The Las Vegas Summer League has done more than just provide a platform for No. 2 draft pick Lonzo Ball to give early glimpses of his NBA potential. It has also given Alex Caruso a forum to convince the Lakers to keep him.The Lakers and Caruso agreed to a two-year deal on a two-way contract, a new mechanism that allows NBA teams and their Development League affiliates to split the costs depending on how much time a player spends on each team’s roster.Caruso can spend up to 45 days with the Lakers, not including any time prior to the start of the South Bay Lakers’ training camp or after the G-League season ends. NBA teams can have as many as 15 players on their regular-season roster as well as two additional players on two-way contracts.“This is an ideal situation for Alex, that gives him a great chance to play in the NBA,” said Caruso’s agent, Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group. “Alex can continue his development under Luke (Walton) and his coaching staff and will benefit from the resources and relationship shared between the Lakers and the South Bay Lakers.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more