Panthers defeat MCLA for first win

The Pitt-Bradford softball team earned its first win of the 2013 season Tuesday, downing MCLA 7-4 at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. Earlier in the day, the Panthers lost 2-0 to Drew.

Pitt-Bradford jumped ahead of MCLA 3-0 in the second. Olivia Taylor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Jamie Winzeler followed with a run-scoring base hit. Brianna Stenta scored on a wild pitch moments later to cap the inning.

The Panthers scored two in the sixth, taking advantage of three errors in the frame to extend their advantage to 6-1. MCLA plated three in its half of the inning, drawing within 6-4. Pitt-Bradford added an insurance run in the seventh, and Sydney Mosby retired the Trailblazers in order to end the game.

Mosby allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in seven innings for the win. She struck out five.

The Panthers opened the day with a 2-0 loss to Drew, squandering a brilliant outing by Krista Jacobs.

Jacobs tossed six scoreless innings, scattering six hits and working out of two bases loaded jams. She walked four and struck out four, but the offense failed to provide any run support.

The Rangers went ahead in the seventh on a wild pitch and added another tally on a RBI double. Pitt-Bradford failed to register a base runner in the final inning to suffer its third straight defeat.

On Monday, Salem St. took advantage of a pair of errors to defeat the Panthers 6-3 in the team's season-opener.

The Vikings scored two in the second on a two-out single after an error early in the inning. In the fourth, Salem St. led off the frame with consecutive doubles to extend the lead to 3-0. A throwing error on a pick-off attempt added another run, and the Vikings pushed their advantage to 6-0 on a RBI single and groundout.

Pitt-Bradford got on the board in the fifth on Ang Comilla's run-scoring double, and Winzeler cut the lead in half with a two-run double in the sixth yet the Panthers would get no closer.

Mosby took the loss, allowing all six runs, four earned, in a complete game effort. She struck out eight.

In the nightcap, Curry built leads of 3-0 and 5-2 en route to defeating Pitt-Bradford 5-4.

The Colonels led 3-0 after the first only to see the Panthers trim the deficit to 3-2. Meagan Hillard had a RBI base hit in the second, and Courtney Schuler scored on a double-steal attempt to end the fourth.

Curry added to its lead in bottom half of the frame, scoring runs on a groundout and error. The Panthers responded in the sixth, pulling within 5-4 on a Colonel error and Schuler's RBI groundout to second. Melissa Donoghue came on to record the final out in the inning and then sat Pitt-Bradford down in order in the seventh to earn the save.

Jenifier Anthony was charged with the loss, surrendering five runs, three earned, on 10 hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out three.