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Syracuse falls to Georgia Tech, 8-7, on walk-off in 10th inning

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Junior right-hander AnnaMarie Gatti lasted only four and two-thirds innings after giving up seven runs.

Syracuse fell to Georgia Tech, 8-7, Friday night on a walk-off single in the 10th inning. It marks SU’s second consecutive conference loss.

SU (15-9, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) junior right-hander AnnaMarie Gatti had a tough outing in the circle for the Orange. The ace lasted only four and two-thirds innings after giving up five runs to the Yellow Jackets (9-16, 3-4) in the second inning and seven runs overall. Syracuse responded in the third inning when Bryce Holmgren and Faith Cain drew two consecutive walks with the bases loaded, forcing in two runs.

Senior Sydney O’Hara added a home run in the fifth inning to continue her stellar season. The senior went 2-for-2 with a home run and drew four walks. O’Hara leads Syracuse in home runs, RBIs, batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and walks. She also threw five innings in relief and struck out eight.

The Orange entered the top of the seventh inning down 7-3 but rallied to tie the score at 7-7 and force extra innings. O’Hara and Georgia Tech pitcher Emily Anderson traded scoreless innings through the eighth and ninth innings, but a Malea Bell single off of O’Hara in the bottom of the tenth scored Samantha Pierannunzi from second for the walk-off finish.

SU-GT will continue their series in Atlanta on Saturday at 1 p.m. Next Friday, Syracuse will have its first home series, weather pending, against Louisville.

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