Lady Panthers rebound in game two to split with Mounties

Senior Sydney Mosby

CRESSON, Pa. – The Pitt-Bradford softball team suffered a 6-3 loss in game one, but rebounded in game two to defeat the Mount Aloysius Mounties 4-3 in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 13.

Pitt-Bradford (16-8, 10-2) came into the day’s contests fighting to stay in first place. After the split, the Panthers now hold a tie at the top with Penn State Altoona.

In game one, senior Sydney Mosby (9-3) pitched for the Panthers and threw six innings of work. Mosby allowed six earned runs on 10 hits and struck out seven.

Pitt-Bradford mustered just three hits in a slow outing at the plate. Leann Bell, Ang Comilla and Jillian Fleming each recorded a hit during game one.

Mount Aloysius (15-9, 6-4) jumped on the board in the bottom of the first with a one-out double that scored the runner from first. The Mounties again put a runner across in the bottom of the second with a fielder’s choice that scored the runner from third.

The Panthers tallied their first run of the game in the top of the sixth. Fleming singled up the middle to score Mosby and bring the score to 2-1 in favor of the Mounties.

Mount Aloysius added to its lead in the bottom half of the inning by moving four runners across and bringing the score to 6-1.

In the top of the seventh, the Panthers got two runs back before exhausting the final out that ended the chance for a comeback.

In game two, sophomore Jenifer Anthony (4-3) started in the circle for the Panthers. Anthony worked six innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. In the seventh, junior Krista Jacobs came in to relieve Anthony with a one-run lead. Jacobs was solid in the circle and recorded her first save of the season.

Bell led the Panthers at the plate in game two with a 2-for-4 outing and a run scored. Heidi Lucke also hit well with a 1-for-3 performance that drove in two runs.

The Panthers wasted little time getting on the board in game two, as two runs crossed in the first inning. Lucke reached on an error that allowed Mosby to score from third for the first run. Next, Olivia Taylor stepped to the plate and smacked a single that scored Comilla for the second run.

Later in the sixth with the score tied at two runs each, Lucke laced a double that scored Bell to break the tie and give the Panthers the lead. Moments later, Courtney Schuler cracked a sacrifice fly that scored Meagan Hillard to give Jacobs enough run support to finish the Mounties in the bottom of the seventh.

“It was a nice split and I like our approach in the second game,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “Jen came through with a great effort in the circle in game two.”

Pitt-Bradford travels to Hilbert on Tuesday, April 15, for a doubleheader at 3 p.m.