FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Pitt-Bradford softball team cruised to
back-to-back shutouts during doubleheader action on Friday, March 14. The
Panthers defeated Nazareth College in game one, 1-0, before taking game two
over Curry College, 2-0.
Senior Sydney Mosby (4-0) went into the fourth inning before
surrendering her first hit in game one. Mosby was solid throughout the contest
surrendering just three hits in eight innings of work. She struck out four at
Pitt-Bradford (5-3) had trouble finding the holes in the
infield as the Panthers were only able to tally a total of two hits.
With the game scoreless after seven innings of play, the two
squads headed into extra innings. The International Run Rule went into effect
that placed a runner on second to begin the inning. Junior Brianna Stenta was
sent to second and represented the go-ahead run.
Sophomore Meagan Hillard came in to pinch-hit for freshman
Jessica Ginther. Stenta advanced to third on a passed ball and on the next
pitch, Hillard laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Stenta to give
Pitt-Bradford the 1-0 advantage and a successful suicide squeeze.
In the bottom of the eighth, Mosby went to work in the
circle and closed out a strong performance.
In game two, sophomore Jenifer Anthony (1-1) received the
nod and started for the Panthers. Anthony pitched a complete game and did not
surrender a run for the first time in this young season. She gave up four hits
and struck out three.
The two runs came across the plate in the bottom of the
third. Freshman Ashley Bowes reached on an error by the second baseman to lead
off the inning. Later in the inning, junior Ang Comilla came to the plate with
the bases loaded and laced a single that scored two runs to give Pitt-Bradford
the only points on the board they would need.
Anthony returned to the circle and finished off a strong
performance to earn her first win.
“Two great games today,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “Syd
and Jen gave us great pitching and our defese was strong all afternoon. Meagan
Hillard came through in a big spot on the safety squeeze to score Stenta. Then
Ang came through in the clutch versus Curry with the bases loaded.”
The Panthers close out the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers,
Fla., on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 9 a.m. versus Nichols College
and SUNY Oneonta.