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The Oldenburg Academy Twisters held off The Seton Catholic Cardinals 4-3 in Varsity Baseball play to improve to 6-10 for the season.OA Batting. Nick Bischoff 2-4, run, double; Chase Hogg 2-3, run, bb; Sam Gast 0-1, hbp, bb, sac fly, rbi; Tanner Alley 3-4, run, rbi; Aaron Huber 2-4, run, 2 rbi; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-3; Zach Pottschmidt 1-3; Bryce Ahaus 0-2, run, sb; and Glenn Geraci 0-0, bb.OA Pitching. Nick Bischoff 6.2 IP, 4 earned runs, 6 hits, 6 k, 4 bb. Win.Chase Hogg .1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 bb, 0 k. Save.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.
In hopes of climbing back into national relevancy in college football, Syracuse has initiated major renovations to its facilities at Manley Field House.Head coach Doug Marrone said last Thursday the upgrades will benefit the program in various areas. He would not speak about what the facilities had been lacking, but did say they have needed improvement for a long time.‘It’s going to help us tremendously in recruiting. I think it’s going to help us with our football team, our program,’ Marrone said. ‘I think it’s been a long time coming that we did upgrade those areas that we’re specifically upgrading.’The upgrades are expected to cost $5 million and should be completed by Syracuse-based construction company Hueber-Breuer before the start of the 2012 season, according to an SU Athletics press release. Marrone said his players are looking forward to the finished renovations, which are aimed to enhance the experience for the team.Included in the renovations are the locker rooms, a student-athlete lounge, a cafeteria and a team auditorium. To modernize the facility, the planned design and construction is expected to have new interactive monitors, furniture, lockers and carpeting. There will also be the addition of skylights and a new ventilation system.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe improvements will be particularly crucial for Marrone during the recruitment process. Syracuse’s recruiting class this year ranked 54th in the nation, according to Scout.com.The facility is also going to feature a look into Syracuse history. It will be similar to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, with interactive exhibits that feature former Orange stars and Hall of Famers Jim Brown, John Mackey, Floyd Little, Dwight Freeney, Marvin Harrison and Donovan McNabb.Ernie Davis’ Heisman Trophy will also be on display, along with other Syracuse bowl game trophies.The process of moving into the new facilities has already begun, as the showcases inside the main lobby of the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing were all empty. Jim Brown’s bust near the door was the lone piece of remaining Syracuse history.The renovations come after the athletic department upgraded Manley Field House in time for the 2010 athletic season.Marrone said his former head coach, Dick MacPherson, used to tell his players they have an obligation to win games to bring the program to higher levels for future generations of players. The most recent renovations, Marrone said, reflect that exact message.‘We have a responsibility to win football games so the players that come after us have a better facility or a better experience,’ Marrone said. ‘… It’s going to help us with recruiting, it’s going to help us with our former lettermen, it’s going to help us with the community, so it’s going to help us in a lot of different ways.’For Athletic Director Daryl Gross, this latest project is another important step in raising SU football to new heights.‘It is vital that we give coach Marrone the resources that he needs to field a consistent national contender,’ Gross said in the release. ‘This new complex is surely a great start.’[email protected]@syr.edu Published on April 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+