The SU Softball team started Big East play with a bang this weekend by taking three of its first four games in conference play. The team swept a doubleheader at Rutgers on Saturday, winning both games by a score of 7-2.
The first two innings of Game 1 were an offensive explosion of sorts for the Orange. The offense tallied five runs on ten hits in the first two innings alone. Junior shortstop Nicole Miller highlighted the scoring with a two-run homerun to leftfield. Altogether, the Orange had 27 hits and scored 14 runs in the two games against Rutgers.
The Orange followed up the sweep of Rutgers by splitting a doubleheader with Villanova on Sunday. The Orange won Game 1 behind the solid pitching of Senior Chanel Roehner. Junior catcher Amy Kelley started the scoring with a monster solo homerun, which put the Orange up for good as they took the game 4-1. Kelley led the Orange with three homeruns on the weekend.
Syracuse dropped Game 2 of the series 2-0. Sophomore Brittany Gardner put together a solid outing on the mound, but the offense was unable to produce any runs in support. Next, the team is scheduled to play its first home games of the season when Providence comes to town on Friday for a doubleheader, followed by another two game set with UCONN on Sunday.