Real Orange Heroes: Syracuse Softball Pitcher Jenna Caira

via www.bigeast.org

I don't know if they refer to SU Softball Stadium as The House That Jenna Caira Built, but even if they don't, they should probably start calling it The House That Jenna Caira Probably Struck You Out In.

Caira became the first Syracuse Orange (and Big East) pitcher to throw 1,000 strikeouts in her college career on Sunday.

Caira entered the game with 998 strikeouts and reached the milestone in the bottom of the second inning when she got Marissa Guches out looking. She finished the day with five strikeouts in four innings of work.

"Jenna is the greatest pitcher to ever come through SU and the BIG EAST. She is a world class pitcher and I am happy for her," head coach Leigh Ross said. "I think she was feeling a little bit of pressure today and UConn came out hot, but Kuwik came in and pitched great. She pitched great all weekend and it is awesome to be able to throw two players out there like that."

Caira is 23-6 overall on the season with a 1.65 ERA while the Orange are 38-12 overall.

The milestone comes a week after Caira pitched a no-hitter against Rutgers.

For the sixth time this season she also picked up a weekly honor from the Big East Conference. The softball team heads to Niagara tonight and finishes the season with three games against South Florida this weekend before the Big East Tournament in South Bend.

Congrats to Jenna and the SU Softball team, yet another Syracuse women's program on the rise.

Read about more Real Orange Heroes here.

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