Panthers drop doubleheader with Westminster 5-2, 2-1

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Pitt-Bradford softball team suffered its first doubleheader defeat of the season on Saturday, March 22. The Panthers dropped the first game 5-2, before falling in game two, 2-1.

Pitt-Bradford (6-6) began the day with a strong performance to open game one. However, the Panthers could not keep it together defensively in the later innings of both contests and it cost them in the end.

In game one, senior Sydney Mosby (4-2) was in the circle for the Panthers. Mosby pitched six innings, surrendering five runs, four earned, on 10 hits. She fanned five at the plate.

Junior Heidi Lucke and freshman Jillian Fleming each went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Panthers offensively. Fleming drove in the second of Pitt-Bradford’s two runs.

The two squads entered the fourth inning scoreless. Pitt-Bradford struck first when junior Ang Comilla singled and advanced to second on the throw. The hit scored Mosby to put the Panthers on the board. The ensuing batter, Fleming, singled to center field that scored Comilla from second and gave the Panthers a comfortable lead heading to the bottom of the inning.

The Titans tacked on one run in the bottom of the fifth on a single down the left field line that slipped just inside the bag. Mosby got out of the inning after striking out the next batter.

In the bottom of the sixth, Westminster found its bats and was able to put runners on the bases. The Titans tallied five hits in the inning and put four runners across the plate to give the home team a 5-2 lead heading to the top of the seventh.

Pitt-Bradford was unable to create scoring opportunities in its final at-bat and dropped game one.

In game two, sophomore Jenifer Anthony (1-2) received the start in the circle for the Panthers. Anthony worked six innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on 14 hits. She struck out two at the plate.

Junior Brianna Stenta led the Panthers offensively with a 2-for-3 outing in the batter’s box. She was responsible for driving in the lone run.

The Titans got on the board in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles that first advanced the runner, then allowed her to cross the plate on the second single.

The 1-0 deficit stuck for the Panthers until the sixth inning when Stenta smacked a single to left field that scored Mosby from second. It would be enough to tie the game for the moment, but Westminster would have the final at-bat.

The Titans led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to center field. Two batters later, a single to left scored the winning run for Westminster in walk-off fashion.

Pitt-Bradford now prepares to host its 2014 home opener on Wednesday, March 26. Conference-foe Penn State Behrend heads to town for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.