Syracuse earns No. 4 seed in NCAA tournament, will play winner of Penn-Albany in 2nd round

first_imgSyracuse has earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament as well as a first-round bye. SU will host the winner of Pennsylvania and Albany in the second round on May 10 at SU Soccer Stadium.The Orange received an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. SU defeated then-No. 4 Boston College, then-No. 3 Duke and then-No. 2 North Carolina in a four-day stretch last week.“Much like I talked about the regular season preparing us for the playoffs, the ACC tournament’s very similar to playing in the NCAA tournament,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said on Thursday, “… I’m hoping it helped. I believe it will.”Despite its three-game stretch in the ACC tournament, the Orange (14-7, 3-4 ACC) lost 9-8 to No. 14 Loyola on Saturday, dropping to 6-5 in one-goal games.Gait said on Thursday that his team’s goal every season is to earn a top-four seed to gain home-field advantage until the final four. Despite its loss to Loyola, SU earned that opportunity.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s seven losses in a regular season is its most since 2011 and second-most since 2006. Last year, Syracuse earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and reached the national championship before falling to Maryland, 15-12, for the third time in 2014. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 3, 2015 at 9:20 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Baseball takes series from ASU with 31-run game

first_imgThe baseball team may not have qualified for the College World Series, but the Trojans ended their season in style with a commanding 31-9 win over Arizona State on the road on Sunday.The win gave the Men of Troy a series win over the Sun Devils to wrap up their 2016 campaign, finishing at .500 (28-28) overall and 15-15 in conference play.Against ASU starter Eli Lingos on Sunday, USC sprayed hits left, right and center — 30 in total, tied for second most in a game in program history. The 31 runs was also the second-highest single game run total in program history, with the record set in a 1959 game against Occidental when the Trojans scored 35 runs.The Trojans put runs on the board in all but two innings, with 13 of 14 batters reaching base at least once. They scored a season-high nine runs in the fourth inning and also put up four or more runs in the first, second and eighth innings.Redshirt sophomore Frankie Rios recorded six RBIs and sophomore Angelo Armenta knocked in five runs, each setting career highs. Rios and senior Timmy Robinson each tallied four hits in the rout.The win gave the Trojans their first series win at Arizona State since 2004. It followed a 6-2 win on Saturday behind sophomore pitcher Mitch Hart, who allowed two runs on three hits in six innings. Freshman Lars Nootbaar hit his first home run of the year that plated the eventual winning run with a 2-run blast in the fifth inning to put the Trojans ahead 3-2. Three runs in the eighth inning — two of which scored on a triple by junior catcher Jeremy Martinez — gave the Trojans even more separation.USC dropped the first game of the series on Friday. The Men of Troy had an opportunity to grab the win, but, down by a run, could not score in the ninth despite loading the bases with one out, and the 3-2 deficit held as the final tally.The Trojans wrap up a season in which they failed to live up to heightened expectations after a deep run in the NCAA Tournament last year, their first appearance in the postseason since 2005.Senior outfielder David Oppenheim was a bright spot for the Trojans this year, leading not only the team, but also the Pac-12 in batting average. Oppenheim hit .387 with 25 RBIs. Oppenheim complemented that with four home runs, one triple and nine doubles.Oppenheim also led the conference in on-base percentage, getting on-base exactly half of the time.Just behind Oppenheim with the third-best batting average in the conference was Martinez who hit .376. Martinez also batted in 42 RBIs. He had six home runs, two triples and 18 doubles. Martinez was also third in the conference in slugging percentage posting a .563.USC also had a strong team showing of conference leaders in RBIs with three players in the top 10. Robinson is fourth in the conference with 46. He is followed by senior infielder AJ Ramirez who has 44 and Martinez is just behind tied for the eighth spot in the Pac-12.last_img read more