Lady Panthers split with Behrend to remain tied for first

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The Pitt-Bradford softball team split its doubleheader with the Penn State Behrend Lions on Thursday, April 10, to remain tied at the top of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings.

The Panthers claimed the victory in game one, 10-8, before falling in game two, 12-0, in five innings.

Pitt-Bradford (13-7, 7-1) started slow in both games, but created too much of a gap in game two to be able to make a comeback.

Senior Sydney Mosby (8-2) received the start in game one for the Panthers. Mosby pitched the complete game allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits. She fanned a total of five batters.

Freshman Jillian Fleming had a solid performance at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

In game one, Penn State Behrend (10-10, 7-1) struck first with a three-run first inning that put the Panthers in a deficit early.

In the bottom of the second, Pitt-Bradford found its bats and put four runs on the board to take the lead. Emily Fair laced a single through the infield that scored Fleming from third for the first run. Later in the inning, Amber Fox singled to centerfield that scored Olivia Taylor and Fair to tie the game.

The Panthers grabbed the lead on a Leann Bell double that scored Fox for the fourth run.

Each squad took turns sharing the lead throughout the remainder of the game. In the top of the fifth, the Lions put five runs on the board to grab a commanding 8-4 lead.

In the fifth, Pitt-Bradford got two back with Chelsea Thompson scoring on a wild pitch and Bri Stenta crossing on an infield grounder.

The Panthers entered the sixth trailing by two, but not for long. Pitt-Bradford scored a total of four runs to take the lead heading into the seventh. Mosby handled the inning with ease as the Panthers grabbed a comeback victory for a huge conference win.

In game two, sophomore Jenifer Anthony (2-3) started in the circle for Pitt-Bradford and worked a total of two innings. She allowed nine earned runs on seven hits and recorded one strikeout.

Fair came in to relieve Anthony in the third. She tossed 2.1 innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits and recorded three strikeouts.

Junior Krista Jacobs pitched the final inning and did not allow a run to cross.

The Lions produced runs early and often in game two. Penn State Behrend tallied 12 runs in the first five innings to record the win.

“It was a rough day for our pitching staff,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “You have to give Behrend credit; they came out very aggressive and put some good swings on balls. I’m very pleased with our comeback in game one. We still have a long way to go in the season before anything is settled.”

Pitt-Bradford returns to the Kessel Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 12, as Pitt-Greensburg comes to town for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.