Warnock's Blast Lifts App State Past Syracuse In Softball

Appalachian State Softball 2014

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — It looked like Appalachian State's 19-game, home winning streak in softball might be in jeopardy early on in the Lady Mountaineers' home opener Friday against Syracuse.

 

But sparked by a three-run homer from catcher Sarah Warnock in the fourth inning, ASU overcame deficits of 3-1 and 4-2 to pound out a 10-4 victory over its Atlantic Coast Conference opponent and expand that home winning streak to 20 games at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.

 

Warnock's blast started a decisive six-run outburst in the fourth against Syracuse freshman pitcher Christina Clermont (1-4), who relieved another freshman, starter Sydney O'Hara in the second inning.

 

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Unlikely Friendship Connects Syracuse Softballer, Former Prep Teammate

Julie Wambold Syracuse Softball

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

BOONE, N.C. — It was one of the unlikeliest of pairings.

 

One girl was practically softball royalty at Hatboro-Horsham High School, the link between what would ultimately become the two Lady Hatter 4-A state championship squads, a player who was considered one of the top prep softball players in the country.

 

Julie Wambold was from one of the first families of Hatboro-Horsham softball, which is saying something, when one considers how the baton of success has been built and passed in one of the top high school programs in the competitive ranks of Pennsylvania softball.

 

She was a confident, pretty and self-assured force on the diamond. Wambold forged her way into the starting lineup of a team that would win its first state title as a freshman in 2008 as the squad's designated player and by the time she was a senior, this Syracuse-bound athlete was bound and determined to win another gold medal by the shear force of her personality.

 

She was the girl with the explosive bat speed — called by her high school coach, Joe DiFilippo the quickest he had ever seen — and tremendous power in a pint-sized frame.

 

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Freshmen Wambold, Thomas, Lead Syracuse Softball To Historic Wins

Julie Wambold (Syracuse Athletics)

Carey-Leigh Thomas (Syracuse Athletics)By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It was a historic weekend for Syracuse softball, as the Orange played indoors for the first time at the Carrier Dome in wins over Colgate and Canisius.

And the centerpieces of that history were a pair of freshmen, Julie Wambold and Carey Leigh-Thomas.

 

Julie Wambold and Carey-Leigh Thomas of Syracuse

 

 

Wambold was 1-for-3 with a run scored as the Orange beat Colgate 6-0 on Friday evening and came back to spark Syracuse to a 6-5 victory over Canisius on Satiurday with a home run and a triple as the local product went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

 

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BCS Politics Reach To NCAA Softball Tourney With Fresno State Snub

By David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sporting News

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Several years ago, I remember a conversation with an athletic director from an Football Championship Subdivision school on his role as a member of the NCAA Division I Baseball committee.

 

This AD, who was a veteran of the NCAA Division I Football committee at an earlier stage of his career, told me of how much pressure that committee from the larger conferences put on the rest of the committee when one of these Bowl Championship Series teams was under consideration.

 

The committee members were under a full-court press to include as many of the BCS conference teams as possible in the NCAA tournament field.

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College Softball: Wambold Makes Mark For Syracuse At Cathedral Classic

Syracuse Softball: Julie WamboldBy David Coulson

Executive Editor

College Sports Journal

 

HATBORO, PA. — Folks in this quiet, suburban community have marveled over the exploits of its native daughter Julie Wambold since she first picked up a glove and a softball bat that wasn't much smaller than her as a little girl.

 

Wambold first learned the game as she watched her older sisters play for their club teams, at Keith Valley Middle School and then at Hatboro-Horsham High School.

 

Within this competitive environment, it didn't take Wambold long to carve out her own niche as a player.

 

She earned a starting spot as a freshman at Hatboro-Horsham and helped the Lady Hatters to their first Pennsylvania 4-A softball championship as a designated player in 2008 and before she was finished, Wambold had added another gold medal as a catcher and shortstop and team captain of the 2011 state champs.

 

But few could have imagined how Wambold would make her mark on the college softball world as she began her career at Syracuse University this season.

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