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The Pitt-Bradford softball teams kicks off the 2013 campaign Monday against Salem St. (Mass.) and Curry (Mass.) at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
The Panthers return 11 players from last year’s squad that finished sixth in the AMCC and came within a game of playing for the conference tournament championship.
Pitt-Bradford was extremely young last year, starting as many as six freshmen in its lineup at different points during the season. This year’s squad only features four upperclassmen.
Junior Sydney Mosby is the top returner for the Panthers. She was a second-team all-AMCC selection as both a pitcher and first basemen last year.
Senior Jamie Winzeler led the team in hits a year ago and sophomore Ang Comilla was hitting .455 in conference play before going down with a season-ending injury.
SYD THE KID
Junior pitcher Sydney Mosby will anchor the rotation for Pitt-Bradford in 2013.
Last year, she had 3.42 ERA in 137.1 innings pitched. Her 110 strikeouts ranked second in the AMCC and she led the team with eight wins.
At the plate, Mosby was tops on the team with a .330 batting average, and she drove home 15 runs.
SETTING THE TABLE
Senior leadoff hitter Jamie Winzeler returns to solidify the outfield.
Winzeler hit .295 last year while leading the team in both runs scored (19) and hits (36).
Sophomore Ang Comilla will return as the team’s starting catcher.
Comilla was limited to 29 games last year due to injury. At the time, she was hitting .455 through the first 10 games of conference.
Sophomore Olivia Taylor returns as the team’s top base-stealing threat.
Last year, Taylor stole a team-best six bases on eight attempts.
CUTTING BACK AT THE PLATE
The Panthers averaged more than five strikeouts at the plate per game last year. Their 217 total punchouts were the most in the conference.
Pitt-Bradford ranked second-to-last in the AMCC in team batting average with a mark of .245 last year. In comparison, its opponents hit .341.
TWO OUT HITTING
Last year, the Blue and Gold hit .254 with two outs and totaled just 51 two-out RBI.
One area the Panthers must improve in is hitting with runners in scoring position.
Pitt-Bradford as a team hit .287 in RBI opportunities in 2012. In comparison, its opponents hit .372.
Mosby was tops on the team with a .414 average.
SHUTTING THE DOOR
Pitt-Bradford pitchers struggled last year with two outs.
Opponents hit .374 and drove in 105 runs in two-out situations.
LONG BALL DROUGHT
The Panthers hit just two home runs all of last year. The previous season they connected for 20.
NEUTRAL SITE SPLITS
Pitt-Bradford will play 10 total games in Florida. Last year in neutral site settings, the team was just 2-12.
Pitt-Bradford was 7-4 in 2012 when holding opponents to two runs or fewer.
The Panthers had just one win last year when trailing after four innings.
The Blue and Gold were 0-8 in one-run games in 2012.
Freshman Lauren Hogue and Amber Fox played on the Pitt-Bradford volleyball team this past fall.
Hogue will see time at first base while Fox is a pitcher and in competition for the third base gig.
The softball team returns home Friday, March 22, to play on its newly renovated field for the first-time ever. It hosts Alfred and Westminster on consecutive days.
The Panthers played all their home games at St. Bonaventure last year.