Softball sweeps Nichols and New England on final day

The Pitt-Bradford softball team wrapped up play at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic Sunday with a pair of wins over Nichols (Mass.) and New England (Maine).

The Panthers started the season with three straight losses, but went 5-2 over their final seven games to leave Florida with a 5-5 record.

Emily Fair and Jenifer Anthony combined to toss a one-hitter against Nichols as the Panthers won 6-0.

Fair struck out seven of the first eight batters she faced, and the Bison's only hit came on a single in the fourth. Anthony entered the game in the fifth and promptly struck out the side after allowing two base runners. She totaled two more in the sixth and fanned the final two batters of the game to also finish with seven punchouts.

The Panthers led 2-0 after the second on RBI doubles by Courtney Schuler and Olivia Taylor. Taylor added a two-run single in the three-run third, and Sydney Mosby tripled in the fifth, scoring Alyssa Cunningham, to cap the scoring.

Mosby and Taylor had two hits apiece, and Schuler and Lauren Hogue each scored twice.

Mosby matched the effort of Fair and Anthony against New England, allowing one hit over seven brilliant innings in a 7-0 victory.

The Nor'easters failed to advance a runner past second, and their only hit came in the third with one out. Mosby retired the side in order in four of the seven innings, including the last two frames. She walked one and struck out four to improve to 3-2 on the season.

After stranding the bases loaded in the fourth, Pitt-Bradford broke through in the sixth inning. Olivia Taylor singled to score a run, and three batters later, Cunningham lined a hit to left field plating two more. Meagan Lewis' two-run double made it 5-0 Panthers, and Mosby added a run-scoring hit to cap the big inning. Pitt-Bradford added another run in the seventh.

Cunningham, Hogue and Lewis all finished with two hits apiece, and Hogue scored twice.