Ciarra lifts Syracuse by No. 10 Baylor
Orange pitcher topples two ranked teams, goes 3-0 on weekend
ORLANDO -- Shirley Daniels and Lacey Kohl each hit solo home runs to propel Syracuse past No. 10 Baylor 2-1 on Sunday morning in SU’s finale at the Citrus Classic.
The Orange (9-6) finished the weekend with a 4-1 record and knocked off two ranked teams (No. 16 Michigan, No. 10 Baylor) along with North Carolina, which is first out of the NFCA poll. Their only loss came against No. 19 Auburn.
Jenna Caira threw a complete game and struck out seven Bears while only allowing three hits. She was 3-0 on the weekend and is now 6-3 on the season with a 2.35 ERA.
Daniels’ homer came in the third inning with one out as she took the 2-1 count to deep right field off of Baylor pitcher Liz Paul. Kohl provided SU with a 2-0 lead an inning later with an opposite field shot.
In the bottom of the fourth, Caira struck out Kathy Shelton but she reached first base on a passed ball. After she was moved to second on a ground out, Shelton was brought home with a double by Megan Turk. But that would be all for Baylor as it had only have one base runner for the remainder of the game.
“That was Jenna’s best game of the season. She had great command all day,” head coach Leigh Ross said. “We changed the line up a bit because of the depth we have. We are more than just nine starters.
“We turned a corner this weekend. Instead of just playing the top teams in the country, we beat the tops in the country this weekend, and that will give the girls a good mind set moving forward to the post season knowing we can win these games.”