Syracuse solving struggles at plate ahead of Big East crunch time

first_img Published on April 17, 2013 at 12:37 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse It was as if weeks of offensive struggle had become too much to bear.After going down 5-0 in the first inning against Georgetown on Sunday, the Syracuse offense adjusted its focus and mounted a comeback that could propel it into the latter half of its Big East schedule.Nine innings and nine unanswered runs later, the Orange defeated the Hoyas 9-5 on the heels of a surprising offensive outbreak.Syracuse (14-22, 2-7 Big East) will square off with Villanova (15-20, 2-9) in a doubleheader at Skytop Softball Stadium on Wednesday. While the Orange’s pitching has struggled, its anemic offense hasn’t been able to pick up the slack. Heading into its next conference test, SU will need its offense to build on Sunday’s success and start a new chapter in what has been a disappointing season thus far.“It’s always easier when the offense is clicking,” head coach Leigh Ross said. “It’s easier to play with a lead and it helps the pitching staff get comfortable.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has scored first in five of its nine conference games. But after striking first blood, the team’s bats have tended to shrink as games move on.But Sunday was different.After Lindsey Larkin yielded five runs to the Hoyas in the top of the first, the Orange seemed to be heading toward another defeat. Then, Corinne Ozanne pulled off a quick turnaround.“I really struggled on Saturday and I was pretty discouraged,” Ozanne said. “Sunday, they threw the same pitchers as Saturday. I just did my best to feel out the sequences and put the ball in play.”Ozanne went 0-for-5 combined in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, then followed it up with a performance of a lifetime. On a 2-2 fastball, she jumpstarted the Orange offense with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. In the next inning, she hit a two-run home run down the left field line to make the score 5-3. After her sacrifice fly tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh, her three-run homer in the ninth put the Orange ahead for good.Her final line: three hits, three home runs, seven RBIs.Along with Ozanne, Julie Wambold and Jasmine Watson each hit two home runs on the weekend, giving the Orange a jolt of power when it needed it the most.“We work a lot on our offensive game, and for us to pull through with eight long balls on the weekend is big,” Ozanne said. “That gives our pitching staff both a cushion and some confidence.”With the absence of sophomore Lindsay Taylor, SU’s pitching staff has struggled in Big East play. Syracuse has given up an average of nine runs in the team’s nine conference games, but the offense hasn’t been much better.The Orange is averaging a little more than three runs per game. With two games against Villanova on Wednesday and a home series with Seton Hall this weekend, it’s still not too late to mitigate the season’s struggles and right the ship.“We just need to hit the ball,” Ozanne said. “That’s going to be the key moving forward. To hit the ball and let the other team make the mistakes.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kenneth Miller, 78, South Haven: Sept. 19, 1935 – Oct. 29, 2013

first_imgKen MillerKenneth Miller, 78, of South Haven, Kansas died, Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at his home.Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Friday, November 1, at the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Burial will be at the Sumner Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Wellington. A memorial has been established with Rivercross Hospice and may be left with the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawksfuneralhome.Kenneth Leroy Miller was born September 19, 1935 the son of Marvin Leroy and Thelma Rose (Gulley) in Wellington.  He attended United School District 353. Kenneth joined the United States Army and served in the National Guard. On May 15, 1956 Kenneth was united in marriage to Oma Aline (Graham) at the First Baptist Church in Wellington. He worked at National Furniture for 14 years and retired from Welco after 38 years as a foreman. He lived in Wellington for 58 years and spent the last 20 years in South Haven.  Kenneth was a member of the First Baptist Church. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing and going to the Regent Theater and drive ins, but most of all spending time with his family.Kenneth is survived by his wife, Oma A. Miller of the home, children: Thomas Miller and his wife Wilda of Wellington, Patricia Reynolds and her husband Jack of Hunnewell, KS, James Miller of Wellington, William Miller of Wellington, Robert Miller of Wellington, Johnny Miller of Wellington and Chris Miller and his wife Beth of Wellington; a sister, Dorothy Shaw of Henderson, NV, 19 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren.He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Billie Kabureck, and great grandchildren: Cristian Miller, Gage Andrew Mason and Katlynn Nicole Mason.last_img read more