Syracuse takes down Big East opponent No. 11 Louisville to split doubleheader
LOUISVILLE, K.Y -- After opening the Big East slate with an early loss, sophomore Mary Dombrowski belted a two-run shot to propel Syracuse (12-15, 1-1) past No. 11 Louisville (27-6, 1-1) 4-2 in the second game of Friday's doubleheader at Ulmer Stadium.
Junior right fielder Shirley Daniels continued her success on the base paths, stealing two bases in the first game of the day to increase her season total to 13 stolen bases. She has not been caught stealing this year.
Regrouping in game two, Syracuse got off to a hot start, as freshman Corinne Ozanne singled up the middle to score senior Morgan Nandin from third.
One batter later, sophomore Julie Wambold's single to first knocked in senior Jasmine Watson from third for a 2-0 advantage. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Dombrowski hit her first career home run over the right-center field fence to give the Orange a comfortable 4-0 lead.
Louisville answered with a two-run RBI to cut the lead in half 4-2, but with sophomore Lindsay Taylor at the mound in the bottom of the seventh, SU didn't allow the Cards a single run, locking up the Orange win.
In the first game of the day, SU broke open a scoreless game in the top of the third when Watson doubled off the left field wall to score Daniels.
Syracuse couldn't hold on to advantage though, as Louisville took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth after a two-run homer by Taner Fowler. The Cardinals followed with three more runs, stretching the lead to 5-1 heading into the sixth inning.
Louisville pitcher Carlisa Connell forced out the next three Orange batters before the Cards finished the game with a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to secure an 8-1 victory.