The Pitt-Bradford softball team dropped its first game of
the day to Salem State University, 6-5, in eight innings of play. The Panthers
snagged a win in game two over Kenyon College, 3-1, and senior Sydney Mosby
tallied her 100th career hit.
In game one, sophomore Jenifer Anthony (0-1) took the circle
for the first time in this young 2014 season. Anthony threw eight innings of
ball, allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits. She fanned three at the plate.
Third baseman Amber Fox and catcher Courtney Schuler each
went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Panthers in hits. Fox drove in one run
and crossed the plate once herself. Schuler touched home once as well.
Salem State struck first in the top of the second when Paige
Fleming singled to left field, scoring Jennifer Toussaint from third. The
Vikings tacked on two more runs in the top of the third, before the Panthers
found the plate in the bottom of the inning.
Schuler started the inning with a leadoff double. She went
on to score the first run on Fox’s single. Freshman Jessica Ginther scored the
second run of the inning and the Panthers seemed to be in business.
With Mosby at the plate and no outs, she sent a fly ball to
shallow right field that appeared to be trapped by the right fielder. In a
controversial call, the umpire awarded the right fielder with a catch. To add
to the confusion, the ball was relayed to the infield with each runner
advancing. The Vikings sent the ball from third to second causing each runner
to be called out, thus ending a triple play. The Panthers went from an
offensive attack to taking the field on defense in a matter of seconds.
At the end of the seventh, the score was tied at three runs
each and the teams were headed for extra innings. The Vikings struck quickly,
tacking on three runs to put the Panthers in a hole in the bottom of the
Pitt-Bradford was able to put two runs on the board, but
fell short in finding a way to cross the plate for the final run. As a result,
the Panthers dropped a wild and controversial game to start the day.
In game two, senior Sydney Mosby (2-0) was in the circle and
wasted no time making her presence known. Mosby struck out the first batter and
used her infield to put the next two out.
The Panthers found the board first this game. In the bottom
of the third inning, sophomore Leann Bell laced a double to right centerfield,
scoring Fox from third. Bell advanced to third on the throw.
One inning later, Kenyon (10-3) crossed the plate to tie the
game on a sacrifice fly ball to right field.
In the fifth inning, Mosby stepped to the plate and cracked
a single to right field that scored Fox from third. The hit gave Mosby the
100th of her career and the game ball for her efforts.
“Big day for Syd,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “We seem
to forget because she is so dominant in the circle. She has been a big part of
our offense these past few seasons. I am thrilled and proud of her because she
works so hard.”
The Panthers went on to close out the inning with strong
pitching from Mosby and worked their way to a split for the day.
“Today we were at our best and worst,” said Phillips. “We
ran ourselves out of too many scoring opportunities and one really blown call
was the game. I felt bad for Jen as she pitched a great game. Kenyon is a good
team and was a good test for us this early.”
Pitt-Bradford is back on the diamond on Tuesday, March 11,
as it prepares to face Drew University at 9 a.m.