University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Phillips grabs number 200 as Panthers split day one
Sydney Mosby
Senior Sydney Mosby

The Pitt-Bradford softball team officially opened its 2014 season on Sunday, March 9, by defeating Elms College, 8-1. With the win, head coach Tina Phillips secured her 200th victory at the helm.

Pitt-Bradford (1-1) would go on to split day one, falling in the second game to Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1-0.

Senior pitcher Sydney Mosby (1-0) received the nod and took the circle for the opener against the Blazers. Mosby was lights out on the mound for the Panthers, fanning 12 in her first appearance of the season. She went on to finish the outing by allowing four hits and one earned run.

Mosby and newcomer Leann Bell each went 3-for-3 at the plate. Mosby tacked on three RBI, while Bell drove in one run and crossed the plate once.

Pitt-Bradford headed to the fourth inning down 1-0 before the Panthers found the scoreboard. Bell led off the inning with a walk and Mosby’s sacrifice bunt advanced her to second on the next at-bat.

Next at the plate was Ang Comilla, who laced a hit to right centerfield that scored Bell and put the Panthers on the board.

It was Pitt-Bradford’s five-run fifth inning that sealed the victory for the Blue and Gold. Amber Fox reached on a play that scored Olivia Taylor from third and allowed Emily Fair to advance to third. Next at the plate, Bell doubled to right field, scoring Fair from third and the Panthers were rolling.

Three more runs across the plate followed by back-to-back strikeouts for Mosby to end the game, and Panthers grabbed a quick 1-0 record to start the season.

In the second game, junior Krista Jacobs (0-1) started in the circle for Pitt-Bradford. Jacobs allowed five hits, one unearned run and struck out one in seven innings of work.

Both teams had trouble creating scoring opportunities throughout the contest. The lone run of the game came in the top of the third, when Milwaukee was able to cross the plate on a passed ball. It would prove to be the difference as the Panthers could not cash in on opportunities late in the game with runners in scoring position.

A pickoff and a strikeout swinging proved costly as Pitt-Bradford dropped its second game of the day.

After the second game, Coach Philips had time to reflect on reaching a career milestone that is important to both her and the university.

“The 200 wins are more about the program than me,” said Philips. “I have been so fortunate to have a lot of good players over the years. I also have the support of my assistant coaches and from many colleagues at Pitt-Bradford. This is a special day for me and all who have worn the Lady Panthers uniform.”

Regarding the start to the season, Philips feels day one was successful, but a learning curve as well.

“It was a good start to the season, though a sweep would have been nice,” said Philips. “Sydney and Ang did a nice job of keeping Elms’ hitters off balance. Krista threw a nice game too. It was just tough luck as this game sometimes provides. It’s early and we will learn from this.”

The Panthers are back at the park on Monday, March 10, for a doubleheader beginning at 9 a.m.