Baseball and softball release 2013 schedules

The Pitt-Bradford baseball and softball teams will begin their 2013 seasons in March, with the baseball team opening on Sunday, March 3, and the softball team starting a week later in Fort Myers, Fla.

Baseball kicks off its 2013 campaign with a doubleheader against Allegheny in New Castle, Pa. It will be a tune-up for the Panthers before they also head to Fort Myers during the second week of March for their annual Spring Break trip. Key matchups during the week include Kenyon (Ohio) and Johns Hopkins (Md.) as the team is scheduled to play 10 games all while in Florida.

Pitt-Bradford returns home March 23, for a four-game set with Baldwin Wallace and opens AMCC play days later against Penn State Behrend. The Panthers close out the month at Mount Aloysius, the same team who eliminated the Blue and Gold from the AMCC tournament last year.

The latter part of April features several key conference matchups. Pitt-Bradford entertains Pitt-Greensburg on March 13 and one week later travels to La Roche, the defending AMCC champions. The Panthers wrap up league play at home on March 27 against Penn State Altoona and have games scheduled against Juniata, St. John Fisher and Houghton to end the regular season.

The softball team will open the season on Monday, March 11, with contests against Salem (Mass.) State and Curry (Mass.). The women will play 10 games as well, finishing up their trip on Sunday, March 17, against Nichols (Mass.) and New England (N.H.).

The Panthers open the home portion of their schedule by hosting Alfred and Westminster on consecutive days in late March. It will be the first games on the renovated field that underwent construction last year. Pitt-Bradford travels to Penn State Behrend, the defending AMCC champions, on March 27 for its league opener and will host Mount Aloysius to end the month.

The team visits St. John Fisher in early April for a tough non-conference matchup and returns home two days later to host D'Youville. The Panthers close out the month with doubleheaders against La Roche and Penn State Altoona and end the regular season on March 29 against Brockport.

Both teams will look to participate in the AMCC tournament, which begins the first week of May.

Bret Butler returns for his 15th season to lead the baseball team. The Panthers will be led by the conference's last two Player of the Year award winners in Derek Smith and Michael Pascarella.

Softball head coach Tina Phillips is back for her 11th season with the team. Despite featuring a relatively young squad last year, Phillips guided the Panthers within a game of playing for the AMCC championship.