CLERMONT, FLA. – SUNY Geneseo senior Mikayla Moore tossed a six-inning no-hitter against Norwich to help the Knights earn a split of their games on Monday. Geneseo topped the Cadets 10-0 in six innings, after losing to Rensselaer in the day's first game, 4-3. The Knights improved their record to 3-1 on the season.
Rensselaer opened the game with an unearned run in the first, off a pair of walks, a sacrifice and passed ball. The Knights promptly answered in the bottom of the frame. After a one-out walk to Danni Napoli, the first-year advanced to second on a ground out, stole third and scored on a two-out double by sophomore Tori Fahie.
Geneseo threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the second with two hits, including a Kidder double, but had the potential lead run tagged out at the plate for the third out.
Sophomore Olivia Furness (0-1) started on the mound for Geneseo and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit, seven walks and three strikeouts. Kidder relieved her with two outs in the top of the fourth, getting a key third out with the bases loaded to keep the game tied. However the Engineers reclaimed the lead in the next inning, combining two hits with a fielding error and passed ball to score three runs, two unearned, to take a 4-1 lead.
Geneseo closed the gap to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on first and third with two out, Kidder and Knowles had back-to-back run-scoring singles through the left side, but the potential tying run was erased at third base trying to advance on the Knowles' hit.
Kidder shut down the Engineers in their final three frames, helping the Knights enter their last at-bat only down by a run. First-year Alyssa Persich led off the inning with a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt but Rensselaer recorded the final two outs to hold on for the win.
Kidder went 3 1/3 innings in relief, allowing four hits, striking out one and walking one.
Rensselaer was 21-14 in 2015, earning a No. 9 ranking in the Northeast Region and moves to 4-1 on the 2016 season. The two teams will face-off again on Thursday, March 17.
Game 2: Geneseo 10, Norwich 0 (six innings)
Moore (2-0) recorded her first collegiate career no-hitter and 12th in Geneseo history. She struck out 10 and allowed only one base runner in recording her second shutout of the season and seventh of her career. Junior Abby Dennett and Persich each had three hits, while junior Jacqueline Santilli had two hits and four RBI to spark the offense. Senior Jenna Phillips and junior Alyssa Presutti added a pair of hits as well, as Geneseo pounded out a season-high 15 hits.
The Knights struck early, putting a run on the scoreboard in the top of the first. They loaded the bases with one out after sophomore Emily Martin doubled, senior Cat Krok drew a walk and first-year Taylor Fedor singled. Phillips followed with a base hit up the middle which scored Martin to take a 1-0 lead.
Geneseo added another single tally in the second. Dennett led off the inning with a double to left center, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on an infield single by Persich.
The Knights expanded the lead to 5-0 in the third. Singles by Presutti and Dennett set the table for a two-run double by Santilli, who subsequently scored on a base hit by Persich. The duo combined to manufacture another run in the next frame: Santilli and Persich had back-to-back infield hits and executed a double steal, setting up Santilli to score the Knights' sixth run on a Crok single.
Geneseo went up 10-0 with a four-run sixth. After a one-out single by Phillips, Presutti drove her home with a double to center field and advanced to third on the throw. She scored when Fahie reached on a Norwich infield error. After a Dennett base hit put runners on second and third, Santilli drove in her third and fourth runs of the day with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Moore retired the first 12 batters in order, six on strikeouts, before allowing the first base runner in the bottom of the fifth, on a hit by pitch. She set down the next six in a row, four by strikeout.
The Knights continue their Florida schedule with two games on Tuesday, March 15. They'll face William Paterson (N.J.), a 2015 NCAA Tournament participant which advanced to the Regional Final at 9 a.m. and Amherst at 11 a.m.