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Former baseball player Bobby Wyant of Titusville, Pa., and softball and golf athlete Kristy Zavinski of Warren, Pa., are the newest inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The two, who were chosen by a committee of coaches, alumni, and faculty and staff, will be inducted during Pitt-Bradford’s Alumni and Family Weekend. They will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10:30 a.m., in the Mukaiyama University Room located in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

“I was fortunate enough to be here when both Kristy and Bobby began their career at Pitt-Bradford,” said athletics director Lori Mazza. “They both had certain intangibles you cannot teach.

“Certainly, their athletic abilities speak for themselves, but what impressed me the most was their ability to balance the rigors of academics, the friendships they formed, their emotion for the game, and their passion to win, all while never losing sight of being a part of a team.”

The Pitt-Bradford Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2002 to honor former student-athletes at Pitt-Bradford who displayed athletic prowess, while maintaining and providing leadership, integrity, teamwork, and excellence.

Wyant played on the baseball team from 2002-05 and finished his career as arguably the top pitcher in school history. He owns Pitt-Bradford career records for earned run average (3.18), strikeouts (274) and saves (9). Wyant also pitched the only perfect game in school history, retiring all 21 hitters against Lake Erie College on April 14, 2004.

The Franklin, Pa., native was a three-time all-AMCC selection, including a first-team pick as a senior when he went 8-2 and struck out a conference record 104 batters in 68 innings. His 17 strikeout performance against Frostburg State in the AMCC tournament remains untouched, and he helped lead the Panthers to AMCC championships in 2002 and 2005.

Wyant, who is the director of admissions at Pitt-Titusville, was a career .329 hitter with six home runs and 54 runs batted in, and was honored as the 2004-05 Pitt-Bradford Male Athlete of the Year.

Zavinski played on the softball team from 2004-07 and the golf team from 2005-07. As a member of the golf team, she finished third at the AMCC tournament her junior season. As a senior, she ranked second on the team in scoring average and was the medalist in a match against Ursuline College.

The Warren native was a dominant pitcher in softball, leading Pitt-Bradford to three AMCC titles and three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. Her teams went 103-50-1 during her career and totaled 51 AMCC wins, the most by any school over that span.

She owns school records for wins in a season (18) and earned run average (1.43), and she is the program’s all-time leader in wins (54), appearances (89), complete games (74), shutouts (13) and innings pitches (526.2). Zavinski also ranks in the top 10 all-time in hits (107) and runs batted in (66).

She was a four-time all-AMCC selection and was named the Pitt-Bradford Female Athlete of the Year in both 2005-06 and 2006-07.

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