Panthers split doubleheader for third day in a row

Sydney Mosby
Senior Sydney Mosby

The Pitt-Bradford softball team began day three of the Gene Cusic Classic by dropping its first contest, 8-1, to Drew University. The Panthers rebounded in game two with a 4-0 shutout over Stevens Institute of Technology.

In game one, Pitt-Bradford (3-3) dug itself into an early hole by allowing the Rangers to cross the plate four times in the first inning. The Panthers had trouble waking up the bats in the early innings and failed to match the productivity of Drew.

The battery consisted of junior Krista Jacobs (0-2) in the circle and junior Chelsea Thompson behind the plate. Thompson saw her first action of the season calling pitches with the start. Jacobs pitched three innings, allowing eight runs, six earned, on nine hits. She fanned two at the plate.

In the top of the third, the Rangers managed to drive in four more runs that began with a single to left field, scoring the runner from second. With the Rangers’ production at the plate in just the first few innings, Pitt-Bradford headed into the bottom of the inning in need of a spark.

Unfortunately, that spark didn’t come as the Panthers were only able to drive in one run in the fourth inning. Junior Ang Comilla laced a single to left field that scored Leann Bell for the lone run.   

Sophomore Jenifer Anthony came in to relieve Jacobs after three. Anthony threw four innings of one-hit softball to hold the Rangers to their eight runs. Senior Sydney Mosby managed to single in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers dropped game one.

In game two, Mosby (3-0) was in the circle for Pitt-Bradford with Comilla behind the plate. In her third appearance of the season, Mosby was yet again lights out, allowing just three hits and fanning nine.

The Panthers jumped on the board in the top of the second when junior Brianna Stenta reached on an error by the pitcher, scoring freshman Jillian Fleming from second. The ball sailed over the first baseman’s head that allowed Fleming to round third and touch home.

Pitt-Bradford tacked on two more in the fifth inning to open up a comfortable lead. In the sixth, Bell ripped a single to center field that brought sophomore Emily Fair across the plate to give the Panthers their final run.

Mosby struck out the side swinging in the seventh inning to wrap up a spectacular rebound after a tough loss in game one.

“It was a tough outing for Krista against a strong Drew lineup,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “Jen did a great job in relief to keep us in it. Against Stevens, Syd was dominant. We hit the ball the best we have thus far. We hope to keep that going the rest of the trip.”

The Panthers take the next two days off to recover from a tough three-day stretch. Pitt-Bradford returns to the field on Friday, March 14, when it squares off with Nazareth College at 1 p.m.