Panthers let AMCC title slip away

Penn State Altoona swept the Pitt-Bradford softball team Saturday by identical scores of 6-1 to the win the AMCC regular season title.

The Panthers entered the day in sole possession of first place in the conference and needed at least a split to host the next week's postseason tournament. However, it will be the Lions who will host instead.

Sydney Mosby turned in her worst outing of the year in game one, allowing a season-high 14 hits. She was charged for all six runs, walked one and struck out four while suffering her fourth loss of the year.

Her RBI single in the top of the first accounted for the Panthers' only run. The Lions quickly went ahead in their half of the first with two runs, and they added tallies in the third, fifth and sixth innings.

Pitt-Bradford managed just four hits off Jackie Smith and went 2-9 with runners in scoring position. After allowing the run in the first, Smith permitted just one base runner over the next four innings. She worked out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth.

Game two was much of the same as the Lions led 5-0 after the third. It was 6-0 before the Panthers scored their run only in the sixth, the result of an error.

Krista Jacobs went 4.2 innings, allowing six runs, three earned, on eight hits to fall to 3-2 this season. Altoona collected nine hits to finish with 23 in the two games combined.

Pitt-Bradford mustered only three hits of its own off Raychel DeArmitt, who struck out nine batters. The Panthers left seven runners on base and failed to take advantage of five Altoona errors.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 18-12 on the season and finishes 13-5 in the AMCC. The Panthers travel to Brockport State Monday for a non-conference matchup.