Bradford, PA – The D'Youville softball team lost their first conference doubleheader of the season on Wednesday afternoon, losing to the Pitt.-Bradford Panthers 6-1 in game one and 11-3 in game two.
It wasn't until the fifth inning that the Spartans would break the scoreless tie in game one. Cameron Colan (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) led off the inning by reaching base on an error. Colan then advanced to third in the next at-bat and was driven home on a single from Ashley Carney (Clarence, NY/Clarence), making the game 6-1.
The Panthers responded in the bottom of the sixth with a huge inning, scoring six runs. The big output from Bradford allowed them enough cushion to win the game by the final score of 6-1.
Six different Spartans had hits in the game, with Carney picking up the lone RBI. Hannah Turek (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) went 6.0 innings in the game, allowing no earned runs and striking out three.
In the second game, Bradford was this time first on the board with three runs in the bottom of the first. However the Spartans would take over the lead in the top of the fifth with their biggest inning of the day.
Victoria Purucker (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) singled to center with one out in the inning. After Therese Losardo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) reached on an error, Carney would reach base on an error, scoring Purucker from third. Rylie Russo (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) then singled to center field, scoring both Carney and Losardo for a 3-2 D'Youville lead.
The D'Youville lead was short lived as the Panthers scored nine runs combined in the next two innings, going on to win the game by the final of 11-3.
Russo led the team with two RBI while Purucker went 3-3 with a run scored. Alexis Dymond (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) started the game, allowing seven hits.
The next set of games for the women comes this Friday, April 14 as they host Penn State-Altoona at 2 and 4pm. The game has been moved up a day from April 15.