Syracuse splits doubleheader with 10-inning victory over Grand Canyon and shutout loss to No. 5 UCLA

first_img Published on February 18, 2018 at 11:06 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-3) began its doubleheader on Sunday with its most exciting victory of the year, but followed it with its second shutout loss in as many days immediately after.The Orange opened the day with a 9-8 extra-innings win against the Grand Canyon Antelopes (3-7), a contest in which SU fell behind early but came back to win in 10 innings. The elongated game meant that Syracuse had to start its game against the No. 5 UCLA (8-0) later than scheduled, but Bruins starting pitcher Rachel Garcia made sure that the game ended quickly for the Orange. Garcia was perfect through six innings against Syracuse, ultimately allowing just one hit over seven innings, striking out 10 en route to a 6-0 complete-game victory.A day after pitching the second perfect game in SU history, Alexa Romero was back starting in the circle for the Orange against the Antelopes. She saw much less success on Sunday, allowing five consecutive runs to GCU in the first four innings before settling down to allow her offense to heat up.A 5-0 deficit after three and a half innings quickly turned into a 5-4 game after five innings, kicked off by an RBI groundout by Lailoni Mayfield in the fourth. A scoreless top of the fifth by Romero was followed by the Orange’s most successful frame of the day, a three-run bottom half punctuated by a Neli Casares-Maher RBI double that cut the lead to one.The Antelopes doubled their lead in the top half of the sixth thanks to a Jordon Keeton double to center field, but SU wasn’t done scoring. Bryce Holmgren’s single in the bottom of the seventh, one of her four hits on the day, scored Syracuse’s fifth and sixth runs after an Antelopes error to tie the game at six and send it into extra innings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe teams traded a run each in both the eighth and ninth innings before a scoreless top half of the tenth by AnnaMarie Gatti led to the deciding inning for the Orange. Casares-Maher, starting the inning on second base due to the NCAA’s tiebreaker rule, reached third base on a bunt by Mayfield and scored the game-winning run during the ensuing at-bat, thanks to a GCU error.Syracuse’s highest-scoring game of the year didn’t translate into the second game of its doubleheader, thanks to the performance of the redshirt-sophomore, Garcia. Gatti started for SU but had control problems in the loss, going two innings and giving up four runs on five walks and two hits.The Orange didn’t tally its first hit until the top of the 7th, when senior Sammy Fernandez singled to the left side to serve as SU’s first baserunner of the day. Holmgren was hit by a pitch two batters later and the Orange had a last-gasp rally of sorts in the works, but a groundout by Casares-Maher and a strikeout Rachel Burkhardt, her third of the day, ended any hope of an SU comeback.Syracuse wraps up its road trip against Cal Poly at 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Commentslast_img read more

Balloon Rides and the Big Five on Kenya Famil

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Balloon Rides and the Big Five on Kenya Famil Incredible wildlife encounters were all in a day’s work for three TravelManagers PTMs on their recent Kenya familBalloon Rides and the Big Five on Kenya FamilFrom luxury tented safari camps to early-morning hot air balloon rides, Africa offers luxury experiences that are completely unique. Three personal travel managers (PTMs) were therefore thrilled to be invited to represent TravelManagers on a recent eleven-day African safari famil, conducted by African Wildlife Safaris.All of the famil participants were required to have sold Africa holidays previously, but PTM Rose Febo, who is TravelManagers’ representative for Wynnum, QLD, says the first-hand experience she now has in Kenya has increased her confidence in selling the destination.PTM Giulia Gentiluomo prepares for an unforgettable dawn balloon flight over the Maasai Mara“With Africa, it’s so important to know the destination,” she explains. “I now have greater assurance in structuring the right itinerary thanks to a clearer understanding of travel times and distances, and having experienced various lodges and safari camps, I am much better equipped to explain to my clients what they are getting for their money.”The three PTMs joined other travel professionals in Perth for their South African Airways flight to Johannesburg and then on to Nairobi, where they spent the night before continuing to the iconic and historic Mt Kenya Safari Club, which is set on the slopes of Africa’s second-highest peak.“The views and location were spectacular,” Febo reports, “and although we were able to take part in viewing safaris on two of the nearby game reserves, everyone was very excited to get to our next base: Elephant Bedroom Camp in Samburu National Reserve.”Participants spent two nights at Elephant Bedroom Camp, which is a small and exclusive camp set on the banks of the Ewaso Ny’iro River. Accommodation consists of twelve luxury tents that are furnished in rustic African style, but as Febo explains, there are plenty of creature comforts on hand.For TravelManagers’ Rose Febo (right), spending time in a Maasai village was an enduring experience during her Kenya famil“We were treated to excellent game viewing in spectacular settings, returning after each game drive to gourmet meals served either under the African sky or inside the well-appointed dining area.”From here the group flew to another camp, this time in the heart of the Masai Mara, close to the Tanzanian border. Tipilikwani Mara Camp is an exclusive, intimate camp of just twenty tents which features magical views across the Mara plains. Here, they were free to join game drives accompanied by local expert guides, take bush walks and watch the dawn from the perspective of a hot air balloon.Febo was one of the famil participants who took advantage of this unique opportunity and cites it as one of the most memorable moments in an itinerary that was packed with highlights, with both she and her fellow PTM, Erryn Morris, in agreement that their time in Kenya was all about the animals.“Africa is all about the game viewing,” states Morris, who is TravelManagers’ representative for Gooseberry Hill, WA. “Any leopard or cheetah day is a great day, and I really appreciated the special touches provided at the safari camps, such as great food and hot water bottles in the bed after a day bouncing around in a Land Rover.”Both Morris and Febo also took full advantage of the photographic opportunities presented during their time in Kenya, with Morris offering some valuable packing advice: “if you have a good camera and lens, take it. It can be hard with weight restrictions on small aircraft, but it’s worth sacrificing the extra clothes – there no need for high fashion when on safari!”“It’s a photographer’s dream destination,” Febo adds. “My camera finally reached maximum capacity on my last day!”Although not the first visit to Africa for these experienced PTMs, the Kenya famil introduced them to new regions, experiences and camps, and both confirm that they would be happy to return to this destination again and again.“There’s so much to see and do, and I never tire of seeing the incredible wildlife and meeting the very friendly local people,” Febo explains.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599About TravelManagersTravelManagers is Australia’s market leader and biggest home-based travel business operating in all States & Territories. A wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2019, TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel. TravelManagers is solely dedicated to providing the best possible support to its network of more than 570 personal travel managers throughout Australia, through a dedicated team at the company’s National Partnership Office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer funds in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. This is supported by a Trust Account Fidelity Risk insurance policy to protect all clients’ funds in the unlikely event they are missing from, or not paid into the Insured Trust Account.last_img read more