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      Morgan Nandin forever makes her mark on CNY softball

      When Cicero-North Syracuse grad Morgan Nandin takes the Syracuse University softball field for the final time as member of the Orange it will undoubtedly be emotional.

      "There's a lot of mixed emotions, I'm excited to play, we need to win this series....but it's also's my last time playing on this field but it will be a fun celebration with my team" Nandin says.

      Morgan was a star for the powerhouse Northstars softball team that perennially contends for a New York State title.

      She brought those winning ways with her to SU.

      Before Nandin arrived, SU Softball had never won a Big East Tournament game.

      Her freshman season not only did SU win its first conference tournament game----they won the entire Big East Tournament.

      That trend repeated itself in 2011. And while this year the Orange is entering the tournament with a losing record, there's no doubting the tremendous strides made my the program over the past four years.

      During that four years, Nandin started every game at shortstop, that's a total of 216 games.

      With that said, when Morgan and really all of Central New York looks back on the past four years they'll recognize it as a beacon of an era for Syracuse softball thanks to Morgan and her teammates.

      "I have a second family with this team, I've made my best friends on this team, I love the coaches and I've met so many new people...I just love it" Nandin adds.

      If her last name sounds familiar it's because her father Bob was a standout for the Syracuse Chiefs and her brother Matt played his college ball at Le Moyne.

      Nandin and the rest of the SU senior class has its final home game on Sunday on SU's South Campus, after that comes the quest for a third Big East title in four years.

      Regardless of the outcome though, Nandin has created a lifetime's worth of memories. All while playing the game that she loves.