Caira throws 1-hitter as SU splits series against Pittsburgh

first_img Published on May 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm SoftballThe Syracuse softball team split a doubleheader with Pittsburgh Saturday, winning the first game 8-0 before losing the second 4-0. Sunday’s rubber match was rained out.Pitcher Jenna Caira was in command of game one for the Orange (28-21, 10-8 Big East). She threw her fourth one-hitter of the year, striking out 13. A bunt-single by Pittsburgh’s Ashley Amistade in the third inning was the lone hit for the Panthers (25-21, 9-9). Caira extended her scoreless inning streak to 19, as she moved into second place among Big East pitchers with 16 wins on the season.Veronica Grant led the way for the Orange bats in game one, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. Stacy Kuwik hit 1-for-3 with a two-run double, the only extra base hit for the Orange in game one. Five different SU players drove in runs.The win gave the Orange its second-longest winning streak of the season, only to see it snapped in the next game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Syracuse and Pittsburgh had seven hits in game two, but the Orange failed to convert on its chances. Stacy Kuwik took the loss for Syracuse, as SU was shut out for just the third time all season.Stephanie Watts went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot for the Orange in the loss. It was her second straight series hitting from the leadoff spot. She was the only Syracuse player with multiple hits in game two.The Orange finishes up its nonconference schedule Tuesday with a doubleheader at Canisius. It wraps up the Big East regular season this weekend when it hosts DePaul in a three-game series.Track and fieldAt the Big East men’s and women’s championships this weekend at Cincinnati, the Syracuse track and field team earned seventh- and eighth-place finishes.Junior Jarret Eaton, freshman Darryl White, and graduate students Michael LeBlanc and Antoine Clark teamed up to win the 400-meter relays with a time of 40.63 seconds. Eaton was victorious in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal best, an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 13.85. LeBlanc earned two top-five finishes on the day, with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash (10.47) and a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (21.61). Both Leblanc and Clark earned All-Big East honors over the weekend.Graduate student Bernard Bush kept up with LeBlanc in the 100-meter dash long enough to take fifth with a time of 10.80. The men’s seventh-place finish is the best for SU since 2007, when the team finished fourth. The 66 points earned on the weekend placed the Orange between Cincinnati and South Florida.The women, led by two-time defending Big East pentathlon champion Uhunoma Osazuwa, saw a four-spot improvement from last year. With the exclusion of the 800-meter run, Osazuwa finished in the top three in every event in the heptathlon.Sophomore Ieva Staponkute joined LeBlanc and Eaton to earn All-Big East honors with a second-place finish in the triple jump. She set her season best with a 12.24-meter jump.Syracuse continues its championship season at the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J., starting Friday.— Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff  Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more