Lady Panthers use walk-off and rally to defeat Bobcats 7-3, 11-10


The Pitt-Bradford softball team used a walk-off grand slam in game one, followed by a comeback victory in game two, to sweep the visiting Pitt-Greensburg Bobcats on Saturday, April 12, at the Kessel Athletic Complex.

Pitt-Bradford (15-7, 9-1) dug itself into holes throughout each contest of Saturday’s doubleheader, but made it count when it mattered most.

In game one, sophomore Emily Fair crushed a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th to hand the Panthers the victory after a long first game. Fair finished the day 1-for-5 with the homer and scored one run to go with her four RBI.

Senior Sydney Mosby (9-2) was in the circle for the Panthers. Mosby pitched the complete game, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits. She fanned 11 at the plate.

Pitt-Greensburg (10-10, 4-4) got on the board first in the top of the first with a leadoff triple from Sarah Geibel. Two batters later, Geibel touched home on a sacrifice fly to left field.

It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Panthers found the scoreboard. Jillian Fleming reached on an infield single. Jessica Ginther pinch ran for Fleming and later crossed the plate on a Heidi Lucke single to tie the game.

After seven innings of play, the score was knotted at one run each. In the eighth, both the Panthers and the Bobcats put one run across to move the game into the ninth.

Jumping ahead to the 10th, the Bobcats scored in the top of the inning to hold the advantage. Fair stepped to the plate in the bottom half with two outs and the bases juiced. Her grand slam, the first of her career, put the finishing touches on Pitt-Greensburg in game one.

In game two, junior Krista Jacobs received the start in the circle for the Panthers. Jacobs tossed three innings of work. She allowed two runs, both earned, on five hits and struck out two.

In the fourth, Fair came on to pitch in relief of Jacobs. Fair threw 0.2 innings, allowing seven runs, two earned, on four hits. She struck out two.

Sophomore Jenifer Anthony (3-3) pitched the final 3.1 innings and received the win for her efforts. Anthony allowed just one unearned run on four hits while facing 15 at the plate.

Sophomore Leann Bell put together a solid performance at the plate going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.

Each team scored in the first, with the Panthers moving two across to give them the early advantage. By the end of the third inning, Pitt-Bradford had built a 9-2 lead when the Bobcats found a little magic of their own.

Pitt-Greensburg lit up the scoreboard in the fourth to tally eight runs and take a 10-9 lead.

In the Bottom of the fifth, the Panthers worked their way around the bases and saw two runs score to give them the 11-10 advantage they needed.

Anthony came on in the top of the seventh and pitched a one, two, three inning to secure the win and the sweep.

“Today was another day in which we persevered and pulled out two big wins,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “We just have to learn to play the game every pitch from start to finish. There are lots of ways to win games and we seem to be doing that.”

Pitt-Bradford is back on the diamond on Sunday, April 13, as the Panthers travel to face Mount Aloysius for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. in Cresson, Pa.