The Mountaineers (8-14) broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning. Trailing 4-2, Whitney Johnson led off with a double, Dani Heichen walked, Johnson advanced to third on a wild pitch and Heichen stole second base moments later. Sarah Warnock followed with a three-run homer, her first of the year, that put the Apps on top to stay, 5-4.
Cara Parker, who homered as well, had a run-scoring double in the frame that made it 6-4; the Mountaineers tacked on two more runs to close out the frame.
The Mountaineers added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, both were unearned. The 10 run outburst was the second highest run total by ASU this season. They scored 11 runs against Alabama A&T on February 22.
Shivaun Landeros (5-7), who came on in relief in the top of the third, picked up the win. She allowed just one run on three hits and struck out two. Alissa Schoelkopf tossed 2.1 scored innings to finish up. She also had a pair of strikeouts.
The win over Syracuse also marks the fourth win all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the second win all-time against the Orange.
The Mountaineers will be back at it on Saturday with a double header against Chattanooga at 1 p.m. The second game is immediately following with the series finale slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. It marks the beginning of conference play for both the Apps and the Mocs.
Photo Courtesy: Sara Warnock, ASU Athletics