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SU’s AnnaMarie Gatti pitches 2nd complete game of season in 10-4 win over Canisius

first_imgThe top of the third inning wasn’t going as planned for AnnaMarie Gatti. She hit the first batter, then, after a sacrifice bunt, walked the second. Two wild pitches later, Canisius had its first run. Another walk followed by a fielder’s choice gave the Golden Griffins a two-run advantage. At last, she was on the verge of escaping an inning full of mishaps, when Canisius’ Cassie Ho doubled down the right-field line to extend the lead to three.Jogging back to the dugout after finally recording her third out, Gatti kept her head up. As her teammates ran alongside her, they tapped gloves and gave words of encouragement, seeming to gesture that it would be alright.Then Syracuse’s offense ensured that it would be. The Orange (18-14, 4-7 Atlantic Coast) rallied for seven runs in the third and fourth innings, giving Gatti all the run support she needed to regain her composure in the circle in the coming innings. In her second complete game of the year, Gatti led SU past Canisius (3-22), 10-4, on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Skytop Softball Stadium.“In the past I’ve been able to close games. For whatever reason this season, I only just got my second one,” Gatti said. “Today I think I showed I’m capable of throwing a full game.”Wednesday was Gatti’s first outing since allowing eight runs in four innings last Saturday against Boston College. All season, the senior has struggled with her control, tallying more walks (57) than strikeouts (54). When Gatti does get the ball in the strike zone, opposing batters usually take advantage, as she has allowed more than four earned runs in five of her 15 starts this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore Gatti’s poor third inning, she was sharp in the first two. In the first six batters she faced, Gatti allowed zero hits and struck out three, a mark she has failed to reach in nine of her 18 appearances this season. The senior walked just three batters on the day, a mark below her season average (3.2). Prior to Wednesday, Gatti had walked at least five hitters in three of her last four starts, so head coach Mike Bosch was pleased with her ability to find the strike zone.“She had good control,” Bosch said. “When she’s gotten in trouble a couple of times, it’s been a matter of how she responds, and today she was in control. She had some big strikeouts, some big pitches. That’s what you need.”Following SU’s seven-run outburst in the third and fourth innings, Gatti felt at ease in the circle. Whenever the offense answers back immediately after a bad inning, a pitcher’s life becomes much easier, Gatti said. Gatti retired the side in each of the fourth and fifth innings, registering four groundouts and a pop-out before leaving Canisius’ Kara Paradowski’s feet rooted to the ground as Gatti recorded her fourth strikeout of the day.In the top of the sixth, Gatti surrendered another run after a wild pitch, single and fielder’s choice. Again, the Orange’s offense responded in the bottom of the inning, mustering two more runs to extend the lead to six. Whenever Gatti slipped up, SU’s offense came back to give its pitcher breathing room.“It was definitely important to give (Gatti) runs,” Alicia Hansen said. “We knew we had to get a lead back on them. If we don’t answer to that right away, I don’t know if we would have had that motivation for the rest of the game.”In her career, Gatti has 19 complete games, 12 of which came during her sophomore year. The senior has struggled to pitch all seven innings this season, as her tendency to walk batters has led Bosch to provide relief in the form of Miranda Hearn and Baylee Douglass. On Wednesday, Gatti’s consistent control and ability to keep the run damage to one inning helped her last the entire game for the second time this season.“I talked to coach Bosch earlier in the season about it,” Gatti said about her desire to pitch complete games. “We had a talk, and I knew I was capable of doing it. I guess I just had to show it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 4, 2018 at 6:24 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

Jets’ Herndon focused on bouncing back from lost season

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By WATCH US LIVE Chris Herndon was all set for a big breakout season a year ago with the New York Jets. A four-game suspension and a few tough injuries put those plans on hold. Now, the third-year tight end is ready to make up for lost time.“My body’s feeling good,” the 24-year-old Herndon said during a video conference call. “I’m in a good space mentally. I’m excited to be back with my team and putting in work with them again.”As a rookie in 2018, Herndon flashed glimpses of tantalizing playmaking ability. The tight end, drafted in the fourth round out of Miami, finished with 39 catches for 502 yards and four touchdowns — including scores in three straight games — while establishing a solid connection with quarterback Sam Darnold.But, last season began with a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy after he pleaded guilty in January 2019 to driving while intoxicated in New Jersey in June 2018. Shortly before Herndon was reinstated, he injured a hamstring and needed to sit out four more games.He finally made his season debut in Week 10 against the Giants and had a 7-yard catch — a play on which he also broke a rib. And just like that, after a mere 18 snaps, his season was over.“It was tough,” Herndon said. “It didn’t go exactly as planned, especially coming off suspension. It was a big learning year for me and kind of a chance to step back and watch from the outside and also made me appreciate it more because that was just a quick view of how fast it can be taken from you.“It wasn’t the best year, but I definitely learned a lot from it and grew as well.”Herndon recalled how much work he put in during his suspension, watching from afar as the Jets played their first four games, and again being forced to be a spectator while trying to rehabilitate his injured hamstring.”I felt like I was doing the right things to come back from suspension,” Herndon said. “I had a little fluke accident and the first game back I get injured. It was definitely tough at first. The first couple of weeks I was kind of accepting that the season for me was done and I couldn’t be out there with my team.”Ryan Griffin emerged as a reliable target for Darnold during Herndon’s absence, and the Jets signed the veteran tight end to an extension. New York also has Dan Brown, Trevon Wesco and Ross Travis at the position, but the return of Herndon has the Jets excited — again.”It’s going to be nice to see Chris Herndon be able to get out and practice and getting him rolling right from the beginning,” coach Adam Gase said shortly before the start of training camp.Herndon’s ability to catch the ball in the the middle of the field or down the sidelines should make him a frequent presence in Gase’s gameplans. He can also block a bit, and there’s the possibility Herndon and Griffin could combine on two-tight end sets that make it tough on opposing defenses.“Right now, I don’t want to look too far ahead,” Herndon said of his personal expectations. “I want to take things day by day, get into camp, start getting reps on the field and kind of go from there. I don’t want to put too much in the air right now.”Herndon has spent his first few weeks back at the facility getting reacquainted with the offense — and reestablishing his rapport with the quarterback.“That just comes with continuing to get reps and continuing to stay in the playbook and doing what I have to do, doing what my teammates and coaches are asking of me,” Herndon said. “That’ll put you in the right position to make plays and be on the field and help the team out as much as possible.”And, just as a reminder of how that connection can look on the field, the Jets posted a video on Twitter of Darnold throwing a deep pass to Herndon during a walkthrough earlier this week, with the caption: “Darnold + Herndon back together.”The Jets and their fans hope that’s the case for a long time to come.Image credits: AP First Published: 8th August, 2020 07:10 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 07:10 IST Jets’ Herndon Focused On Bouncing Back From Lost Season Chris Herndon was all set for a big breakout season a year ago with the New York Jets. A four-game suspension and a few tough injuries put those plans on hold. Now, the third-year tight end is ready to make up for lost time COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more