Softball to meet Altoona for AMCC title

Team Huddle

The Pitt-Bradford softball team advanced to play Penn State Altoona in Sunday's AMCC championship by winning three straight elimination games Saturday.

The Panthers still have an uphill climb as they must defeat Altoona twice to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. They will be playing for their first AMCC title since 2007.

Pitt-Bradford outlasted Pitt-Greensburg 6-5 in nine innings in Saturday's opener, scoring the game-winning run on pass ball with the bases loaded.

The Panthers managed only six hits, but a Bobcat error in the three-run third inning aided their cause. They tacked on two more runs in the third to build a 5-0 lead.

Pitt-Greensburg trimmed the lead to 5-2 in the fifth, and then hit a game-tying three-run home run in the sixth.

Sydney Mosby worked around a pair of base runners in the top of the ninth and her two-out walk in the bottom of the frame loaded the bases. In the next at bat, Amber Fox scored from third on a pass ball.

Mosby went all nine innings, allowing five runs on 12 hits. She struck out five and walked two. Bri Stenta was 3-3 with a RBI and run scored, and Ang Comilla and Olivia Taylor each drove in a run.

Pitt-Bradford used the same script against Mount Aloysius, but did so in two fewer innings. Ang Comilla's walk-off double gave them a 5-4 victory.

The Panthers led 3-1 after the second on RBI hits by Meagan Lewis, Jamie Winzeler and Mosby. Winzeler delivered a run-scoring double in the fourth to make it 4-2. The Mounties rallied, scoring in both the sixth and seventh innings to even the score.

Mosby led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, and after a sacrifice bunt, pinch-runner Meagan Hillard scored on Comilla's double to left field to seal the win.

Mosby earned the win after pitching the seventh inning. Starter Jenifer Anthony tossed six innings of three-run ball. She yielded three hits, walked one and struck out three.

Winzeler led the charge offensively with three hits as the Panthers finished with 12 total.

The Panthers avenged Friday's ugly loss to D'Youville by downing the Spartans 5-2 late in the evening to secure a spot in the championship.

Ang Comilla continued to swing a hot stick against D'Youville, coming through with RBI hits in both the first and fifth innings. Taylor drove in two runs with a two-out double in the fourth, and Lewis added a RBI extra base hit in the fifth as well.

That was more than enough run support for Mosby, who scattered four hits and two runs over seven innings. It was her 15th win of the season.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 22-15 on the season, the fifth 20-win season under head coach Tina Phillips and the first since 2007.

First pitch against Altoona is scheduled for 10 a.m.