University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Softball sweeps doubleheader 1-0, 2-0
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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 the plate.

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.