Pitt-Bradford opens new softball field with sweep of Franciscan

Olivia Taylor home run
Olivia Taylor

The Pitt-Bradford softball team ran its winning streak to seven games Saturday with a sweep of Franciscan. The Panthers won 11-0 in the opening game and rallied for a 7-4 victory in the nightcap.

It was the first games at the newly renovated field at the Kessel Athletic Complex, and first true home contest in two years. The Panthers played all their home games at St. Bonaventure last year.

In a short ceremony prior to the start of the games, head coach Tina Phillips cut an honorary ribbon, and former player and 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Kristy Zavinski threw out the first pitch to current assistant coach Lauryn Weaver, also a former player.

Pitt-Bradford wasted little time in game one, jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning.

Run scoring hits from Lauren Hogue and Bri Stenta fueled the opening flourish for the Panthers, who scored in every inning. Megan Lewis had a RBI double in the second, and Heidi Lewis added a two-run single in the fourth.

Sydney Mosby earned the win, allowing a base hit over the first three innings. She struck out five and did not walk a batter. Emily Fair pitched the final two frames.

Alyssa Cunningham and Lewis each had two hits apiece and scored twice. Lucke drove in three runs and Olivia Taylor scored three times.

Franciscan flipped the script on the Panthers in game two, building a 3-0 lead in the first inning. An error in the second led to the Panthers' first run, and they went ahead in the third on big hits from Mosby and Taylor.

With one out, Cunningham singled, and she came home on Mosby's double to center field. Hogue walked, and after Lewis popped up to the shortstop, Taylor connected for a three-run home run to left field to push Pitt-Bradford ahead 5-3. It was her second career blast, and both have come against the Lady Barons.

Mosby drove in another run in the fourth, and Chelsea Thompson doubled to left in the fifth, scoring Amber Fox to cap the scoring for the Panthers.

Krista Jacobs earned the win after relieving Fair, who started the game. Jacobs surrendered one run on three hits over three innings.

The tying run came to the plate in the seventh with no outs, but Jenifer Anthony retired the next three batters in row for her first career save.

Fox finished with three hits, and Jamie Winzeler added a pair of runs and scored twice.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 9-5 on the season and 4-0 in the AMCC. The Panthers host Mount Aloysius Sunday at 1 p.m.