Softball splits final day of Gene Cusic Classic

FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Pitt-Bradford softball team began the day strong with a 6-4 victory over Nichols College before dropping its second contest, 2-0, to SUNY Oneonta in extra innings.

Junior Krista Jacobs (1-2) received the nod for game one versus Nichols and recorded her first win of the season in six innings of work. Jacobs allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and tallied one strikeout.

Pitt-Bradford (6-4) struck fast with a three-run first inning that gave the Panthers breathing room early. Amber Fox roped a single to right field for the lead off hit. Sophomore Leann Bell drilled a double to right field that scored Fox from first on a throwing error by the right fielder.

Another costly error by Nichols allowed Mosby to cross the plate and the Panthers appeared to be in business.

Entering the top of the fifth, Pitt-Bradford still led 3-0. The Bison found a way to get on the scoreboard with a one-run inning, allowing the Panthers to still hold the lead. Pitt-Bradford tacked on another two runs in the bottom part of the inning and now led 5-1 with just two innings remaining.

Nichols found the gaps on hard-hit balls that scored three in the top of the sixth to make it a one-run game again. The Panthers found a way to grab another run and sealed the victory in the seventh with solid infielding.

In game two, senior Sidney Mosby (4-1) started in the circle looking to keep her perfect record in-tact. Mosby found herself in a pitcher’s duel with Oneonta’s Rachel Hitt. The two pitched a scoreless game though seven innings before Oneonta’s bats started making contact in the eighth.

The Red Dragons lead off the inning with a double to center field that scored the international run rule from second to give them the lead. Pitt-Bradford got out of the inning, but not before surrendering the final run that put Nichols up 2-0.

The Panthers were unable to find their bats in the bottom part of the inning and as a result, dropped their final game of the Classic.

Pitt-Bradford returns to the diamond on Saturday, March 22, as the Panthers travel to Westminster for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.