Friday, April 29, 2011

Orange Continue Win Streak

By Darius Joshua

The Syracuse Softball team took a break from the Big East schedule but continued its magical season with a sweep of the Binghamton Bearcats. 

Junior pitcher Jenna Caira also continued her stellar season by winning both games for the Orange with 19 strikeouts on the day. Caira, now 24-9, led the Orange defense in both Bearcat shutouts, the first 5-0 and the second 4-0. 

In the first game she pitched seven innings and allowed only two hits, no walks, no runs, and had eight strikeouts. She also struck out the first three bearcats she faced in the top of the first. In the second game she pitched for six innings allowed one hit, two walks, zero runs, and had eleven strikeouts.

The offense was led by junior outfielder Lasaira Daniels and Senior third basemen Hallie Gibbs. Daniels had four runs and hit .571 in the two game sweep. Gibbs had three RBI and two hits, including a homerun in the two games. 

In game one, the Syracuse offense got off to a quick start with a two run lead in the bottom of the first inning. The runs came off a two-run homer from Gibbs. The Orange didn’t register another run until the bottom of the fifth inning off a three-run bomb from junior catcher Lacy Kohl setting the final score of 5-0.

In the second game Caira started off strong again by striking out the first three batters again. Both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the third when Gibbs hit a single that allowed Daniels to score the first run of the game. The Orange then scored again in the bottom of the fifth off a two RBI double to right field by Jasmine Watson. The Orange then clinched the victory in the sixth as Junior second basemen Stephanie Watts hit a RBI double to make the final score 4-0. 

The Orange return to the Big East play against Seton Hall on April 30 at 12 p.m. 

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