La Roche Rallies Twice to Sweep Softball

Photo credit to Erika Helo.
Photo credit to Erika Helo.

BRADFORD, Pa. - La Roche swept the Pitt-Bradford softball team Saturday, snapping the Panthers' eight-game winning streak. The Redhawks rallied to win game one, 6-3, and prevailed 6-2 in the nightcap.

Pitt-Bradford led 3-2 entering the top of the seventh inning in game one, but the Redhawks scored four runs, including a go-ahead two-run home run, to stun the Panthers.

Trailing 2-0 in the fifth, Pitt-Bradford rallied to tie the game on Grace Dadzaa's RBI groundout and a La Roche two-out error. Lindsey Hull's RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead.

With one out in the seventh, La Roche's Andie Lippman singled, and she scored on Kara Sainato's double to left field. In the next at bat, Haley Lashinky connected for a two-run shot down the right field line. The Redhawks added another run, and Pitt-Bradford went 1-2-3 in its half of the inning.

Sam Hribal took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits in two innings of relief work. Morgan Bellush, who started for the Panthers, surrendered two runs, one earned, in five innings. She gave up eights hit and struck out four. Liz Dzurisin had two of Pitt-Bradford's seven hits.

La Roche pulled away in game two with five runs in the later innings to win 6-2. Pitt-Bradford led 2-1 after three innings behind RBI singles from Hull and Madison East.

The first five batters for La Roche reached to open the fifth, leading to a pair of runs, and Shelby Oswald added a two-out run-scoring single. The Redhawks tacked on two more runs in the seventh, and Pitt-Bradford failed to mount a charge.

Cassidy Lewis allowed all six runs on 12 hits and two walks. Dadzaa led the Panthers with three hits.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 15-22 on the season and 7-9 in the AMCC. The Panthers wrap up the regular season next Saturday at Mt. Aloysius.