Former Syracuse softball star Jenna Caira throws scoreless inning for Canada in Olympic debut

Former Syracuse softball star Jenna Caira made her Olympic debut on Wednesday, pitching a scoreless inning and helping Team Canada win against Mexico.

Caira was one of three launchers used by Canada in a first 4-0 victory. She allowed a hit and struck one, relieving starting pitcher Sara Groenewegen (University of Minnesota) to protect the four-point lead.

The combination of Groenewegen, Caira and Danielle Lawrie (University of Minnesota) allowed just two hits in seven innings for Canada. Canada was one of three teams to win its opener, joining the United States and Japan.

Caira and Canada will face a greater challenge on Wednesday night when they face the United States at 8 p.m. in each team’s game two. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports and broadcast on NBCOlympics.com.

The United States opened their Olympics with a 2-0 victory over Italy.

The opening ceremonies in Tokyo are scheduled to take place on Friday, but there are a handful of competitions leading up to them.

Caira is one of 13 athletes with ties to central New York who compete in the Olympics, but she is the only one who is due to compete in the first three days.

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