Syracuse Sweeps Siena Softball
April 24, 2003
Junior second baseman Rachel Park went 6-for-8 with six runs batted in and five runs scored to lead the Syracuse softball team to a 13-3, 5-3 doubleheader sweep versus Siena on Wednesday, April 24 at the SU Softball Stadium. The Orangewomen are now 14-20, while the Saints stand at 6-17.
Park had a record-setting day at the plate. In game one, she tied the school record with four hits, including a home run and a double, becoming the only Orangewoman to ever have two four-hit games in her career. Her five runs driven in broke the SU single-game record as did her four runs scored. Her six hits on the day tied the most ever by a Syracuse player in a doubleheader.
Park ended the first game with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to give SU a 10-run lead, invoking the mercy rule (eight run lead after five innings). She then capped a three-run comeback in the nightcap, driving in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. She is now hitting a team-best .420 on the season with a career-high 47 hits, eight doubles and four home runs.
Freshman first baseman Jennifer Orpitelli went 4-for-7 with a home run and four RBI on the day. Her two-run home run in the bottom of the first in game one was her sixth and the Orangewomen's 26th long ball of the year, breaking the Syracuse team record for home runs in a season. Sophomore left fielder Tanya Rose also had four hits on the day, including three in game two. Rose scored three runs and drove in the game-tying run in the sixth inning of the nightcap. Freshman Cassie Morales drove in two runs with a single in game two.
Freshman Alexis Switenko made her first career pitching appearance, throwing a complete-game to earn the win. Switenko (1-0) allowed five hits and two earned runs in five innings, striking out five and walking one. She also had two hits and two runs scored at the plate in the doubleheader. Senior Tara DiMaggio earned the game-two win in relief. DiMaggio (9-11) went two innings, allowing no runs and no hits. She struck out four and walked one.
After falling behind, 2-0, in the top of the first inning in game one, the SU offense took over plating three runs in each of the first two innings. Orpitelli got things started with a two-run homer in the first. Switenko singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by freshman Christina Miro. Park drove in a run in the second inning. SU scored its other two runs in the frame on a wild pitch and an error.
The Orangewomen made it 9-2 in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Park and a two-run single from Orpitelli. The Saints scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth, but the Orangewomen took the 13-3 win with four in the bottom of the inning. A leadoff double by senior Christina Holowich and an error allowed the first run to score. A walk by Rose set up Park's three-run, game-ending blast. SU's 13 runs tied the school record for tallies in a game. SU also scored 13 times in a win versus Seton Hall on March 18, 2000.
Syracuse again fell behind in the top of the first inning in game two. An RBI signle by Adrian St. Cin put the Saints ahead, 1-0. The Saints took a 3-0 lead in the fourth on a two-RBI single by Becky Brockman in the fourth inning.
Siena pitcher Tara Campbell shut down the Orangewomen bats for the first four innings, but SU was able to break through in the bottom of the fifth. A single, an error and a wild pitch put runners on second and third for Morales who delivered a two-out single that drove in both runs.
SU took the lead in the sixth inning on a pinch-hit single by Miro, an RBI double by Rose and Park's sixth hit of the day. Park came around to score on a single on Orpitelli and another Siena error.