Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 23, 2020 at 2:54 pm Contact Cameron: email@example.com Until Feb. 23, Syracuse (5-7) had gone almost four years without a win over a ranked opponent. The Orange’s 3-2 walk-off win over No. 20 Texas Tech (10-5) snapped that streak. Sunday’s matchup went to extra innings tied at two, and Syracuse escaped in the top of the eighth, doubling off the runner at second with a lineout to right field. In the bottom half, Gabby Teran came all the way home from second base on a Rebecca Clyde groundout. The walk-off victory is Syracuse’s first win over a ranked opponent since Mar. 26, 2016, when the Orange took down No. 19 Notre Dame.The Orange got revenge two days after suffering a late-inning, comeback loss to the Red Raiders, scoring the winning run in the eighth to secure its second win of the weekend. In total, SU went 2-3 on the weekend.The Orange got on the board first in the fourth inning, putting together a two-out rally and stringing together three hits in a row to grab a 1-0 lead. Alex Acevedo got it going with a two-strike single followed by a base hit from Toni Martin. Paris Woods capped the rally with an RBI single.Freshman starter Catie Dobbs was brilliant through 4.1 innings before getting pulled for Alexa Romero. Texas Tech capitalized on the pitching change, recording three consecutive singles to tie the game at one. Karli Hamilton’s sacrifice bunt later in the inning put the Red Raiders up 2-1 in a comeback reminiscent of the opening game of the Houston Challenge on Friday, in which Texas Tech came back and held on to defeat the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse had other plans in this one. A pinch-hit home run courtesy of Lailoni Mayfield in the sixth tied the game up, spoiling the Texas Tech comeback effort. Kaia Oliver had replaced Romero in the top half of the sixth and continued her trend of getting in and then out of trouble, with the Red Raiders leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and two more in the seventh.Dobbs, in her second career start, allowed no runs over 4.1 innings pitched, striking out four and conceding two hits. Texas Tech left 11 runners on base, putting up threats in nearly every inning thanks to seven walks and reaching on errors, but failed to score more than twice.The Orange finished the Houston Challenge with a pair of wins and three losses, the other victory coming against Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Syracuse has a five-game slate set up next weekend, beginning with another meeting with Rutgers, whom the Orange have lost to twice already this season. Comments
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. With First Open Enrollment Season Behind Them, States Move Ahead — Though Slowly Marketplace reports on the lessons learned by states operating their own online health insurance exchanges and how these experiences will affect the year ahead. In related news, the Colorado exchange reports that it’s on track to meet its goal for this year while New York health officials say they will not require out-of-network coverage on next year’s Affordable Care Act plans.Marketplace: State Exchanges Going Into Year Two, But SlowlyAt one point, Affordable Care Act architects thought every state would eventually run its own exchange. So far only about a quarter of states — and the District of Columbia — have actually done it. Or at least, they have tried their best to. Oregon’s exchange voted to have Washington run the IT side of the operation on Friday. That’s after the state received some $300 million in federal funds to get its own of the ground. There are lots of reasons why states may want to take over their exchanges from the feds sometime in the future. But here are six reasons why they may not be in such a hurry: “Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont,” says Caroline Pearson who tracks state exchanges for consulting firm Avalere Health (Gorenstein, 4/25).The Associated Press: Exchange CEO: 128K Signed Up For Private Insurance The CEO of Colorado’s health-insurance exchange say it’s on track to meet enrollment goals for this year. Patty Fontneau told state lawmakers Thursday that 128,000 people have signed up for private health insurance since the fall. Another 178,000 people signed up for government-run Medicaid coverage. However, she didn’t know how many of the people who got insurance were previously uninsured. Federal regulations don’t require people to report that but half of exchange customers who did answer the question said they didn’t have insurance before (4/25). The New York Times: New York Will Keep Affordable Care Act Health Plans RestrictedNew York State health officials said on Friday that they would not require out-of-network coverage on Affordable Care Act health plans next year, a decision likely to disappoint customers who have complained that they can no longer use their favorite doctors and hospitals. Restricting consumers to a fixed network of doctors and hospitals, called in-network coverage, helps keep costs down, and for the first year, none of the 16 insurance companies in New York’s exchange deviated from that model (Hartocollis, 4/25).Also in the news –Modern Healthcare: CMS Moving To Neutralize State Control Over Exchange Navigators The CMS wants to tighten the rules for navigators — those who assist people in signing up for insurance on various state and federal exchanges. Its proposed rule would pre-empt recent state efforts to regulate, and some would say hobble, navigators. Stakeholders commenting on the proposal raised concerns about whether the CMS is overstepping its authority in the matter (Dickson, 4/25).