Panthers come up short in title match

Penn State Altoona defeated the Pitt-Bradford softball team 8-1 early Sunday to win the AMCC championship and advance to the NCAA tournament.

The Panthers entered the day needing to a pair of wins against the top-seeded Lions to win their first AMCC title since 2007; however, it was not meant to be.

Pitt-Bradford was sharp through the first two innings as starter Sydney Mosby worked around a bloop hit in the first.

In the third, the wheels came off for the Panthers. Four errors fueled a six-run burst by the Lions. They would add two more runs in the fourth to stretch their lead to 8-0.

Pitt-Bradford didn't record its first hit until there was two outs in the fifth. The Panthers strung together two more hits to plate their only run, but they would never threaten again.

Mosby took the loss, allowing nine hits while walking two and striking out five. The offense managed a total of five hits. Jamie Winzeler had a RBI single in her final game as a Panther.

Pitt-Bradford ends the season at 22-16, a remarkable improvement from year ago when it won just 10 games.