Virginia Tech edges Syracuse, 4-3

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2017 at 2:02 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Syracuse (7-11, 4-7 Atlantic Coast) dropped the doubles point and the match to Virginia Tech (10-10, 3-8), 4-3, on Thursday afternoon in Blacksburg.The first doubles match concluded with Syracuse’s Miranda Ramirez and Gabriela Knutson defeating No. 52 Caroline Daxhelet and Francesca Fusinato of VT, 6-1.The Hokies won second and third doubles. In third doubles, Shene Disbergen and Sansitha Nandakumar beat the Orange’s Nicole Mitchell and Maria Tritou, 6-4. A second doubles win clinched the doubles point for VT, with Elena Cerezo-Codina and Natalie Novotna defeating Syracuse’s Anna Shkudun and Dina Hegab, 7-6 (7-3).Virginia Tech carried the momentum into singles, as the first three matches to finish all went the Hokies’ way. Tritou fell at fourth singles, 1-6, 1-6, to Daxhelet of VT. Then, No. 95 Novotna defeated SU’s No. 80 Knutson, 6-4, 6-2. To clinch the match, Virginia Tech’s Cerezo-Codina won her third singles match over SU’s Shkudun, 6-0, 6-1.After VT clinched, SU avoided being blanked on the scoreboard. Hegab won her fifth singles match over Nandakumar, 6-3, 6-1. No. 94 Ramirez won in a battle of ranked players, defeating No. 96 Fusinato, 6-3, 6-3. At sixth singles, Libi Mesh of SU defeated VT’s Katherine Butler, 6-4, 6-1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnutson’s singles loss came after defeating then-No. 14 Sinead Lohan on Sunday. Syracuse was coming off an upset of then-No. 42 Miami (FL).The Orange returns home for its Senior Day on Saturday at 11 a.m. against No. 14 Duke. Commentslast_img read more

Dodgers get boost from Alex Wood, who eyes playoff role

first_imgThe Dodgers have been three teams this year. One coming, one here, one going.The endless clubhouse traffic can make some players yearn for name tags.Alex Wood found a way to stand out. In fact, there’s no doubt he’s Employee Of The Week.The 24-year-old lefty took the mound Wednesday night, after the Dodgers and Colorado played into Wednesday morning. The Dodgers used 11 pitchers in that one. Thanks to Wood, none of them had to pitch the next game. His eight innings went by in a heartbeat, He needed only 78 pitches, gave up no runs, and handed it over to Kenley Jansen in the ninth.That’s known as rising to the moment. It augurs well for the postseason. Wood and Anderson will be the candidates to pitch behind Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. There is no guarantee both will get the chance, because Don Mattingly has not hesitated to use Kershaw with three days’ rest and presumably would do the same with Greinke.But Wood provides one more option.“And the only thing I wanted to do was bounce back from the game before,” Wood said. That was an unsightly 12-4 loss in Arizona in which Wood got only five outs. Remove that, and Wood has given up three runs in 26 and two-thirds innings, and is 4-4 with a 3.83 trade since Atlanta traded him here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “That was a long, long time between games,” he said. “But I didn’t worry about the pitches as much as the innings. You don’t want to go have to throw 100 pitches in five innings, but the next morning I was probably just as sore as I was in any start.”Wood is the 16th Dodgers starting pitcher of 2015. The Dodgers, going into Greinke’s start against Pittsburgh on Friday, were 38-20 when either Cy Young Award candidate starts, which means they were 46-41 at all other times.Greinke can opt out of his contract this winter. So Wood is not just here to super-glue the rotation for this season. He could be another part of a roster remodel that involves Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Jose Peraza and, eventually, pitchers Jose Deleon and Julio Urias. The people who run the Dodgers have more money than anybody else, but they’re no different. They want a more controllable, cost-certain team that, conveniently, would also be younger and more athletic.Wood’s curveball has inproved since he learned a knuckle grip from Craig Kimbrel, the ex-closer for the Braves, and he uses a delivery that isn’t teachable. There are mechanically smooth pitchers who are derisively known as “beauty contest winners,” because even though they throw hard, they’re easily seen.No danger of that with Wood.“I always thought the important thing was repeating what you do,” Wood said. “It’s always good to have a little funny-ness to what you’re doing. It’s not how it looks, it’s how you get there.”Wood also knows the dregs of a pitcher’s life, the early-morning rehab sessions, with a target date that seems a million weeks away.At 18, he was pitching for Charlotte’s Ardrey Kell High in a 4-A playoff game against North Davidson. He threw a pitch and his elbow immediately asked for a vacation. He walked off the mound, one week before the state championship game, two weeks before the major league draft.“It came out of nowhere,” Wood said. “I guess I was naive. I looked at it like, well, it’s going to be a year or a year and a half before I pitch again, so let’s get in there and have the Tommy John surgery and knock out this rehab as soon as possible.”Georgia had already offered a scholarship and stood by it, giving Wood a redshirt freshman year. He was good enough to get picked in the second round by the Braves and pitched only 26 minor leagues games, with a 1.68 ERA, before promotion.In Charlotte, Wood heard quite a bit about a pair of brothers from nearby Concord.“I was between them in school,” Wood said. “But everybody knew how good Kyle Seager was. It was hard to believe there would be a player from that area like him. Then Corey came along.”Kyle is playing third base in Seattle and Corey is a .426 hitter in his first few major league weeks here.As Alex Wood demonstrated Wednesday, even baseball time can fly.last_img read more