Softball Evens SUNYAC Record with 9-0, 10-3 Sweep at Oswego

OSWEGO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore Emily Martin helped lead the Knights' softball team to a 9-0 (5 innings), 10-3 sweep at Oswego on Saturday. Martin was one of a number of Geneseo batters who recorded multiple-hit games, as the team belted out 26 hits in the pair of contests. The Knights snapped a five-game losing streak and raised their record to 7-9, 2-2 in the SUNYAC.

Game 1: Geneseo 9, Oswego 0 (five innings)
The Knights put runs on the board in each of their first four at-bats, highlighted by three in the first and four in the fourth. Martin, first-year Danni Napoli, senior Cat Krok, junior Abby Dennett and sophomore Tori Fahie all had two hits to back the shutout pitching of senior Mikayla Moore. Dennett drove in three and Martin and senior Jenna Phillips each added a pair of RBI.

The Knights relied on clutch hitting for their first five runs, with all scoring after two were out. In the first, following a walk to Napoli and a single by Krok, Phillips singled home a run, followed by a double to left field by Dennett, plating two to build a 3-0 lead.

Geneseo added another run the next inning, again with two retired. First-year Alyssa Persich reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on a single by Martin. Another two-out hit by Dennett increased the lead to 5-0 in the third frame, as she singled home Napoli.

Four more runs in the fourth provided the final 9-0 margin. Junior Alyssa Presutti led off the inning with an infield single, followed by a double to left by Fahie. Both advanced on a wild pitch, with Presutti scoring. Three consecutive singles by Martin, Napoli and Crok scored two more, followed by an RBI groundout by Phillips.

Moore (4-3) retired the side in order in three of the five innings and for the game gave up only three hits, while walking one and striking out six.

Game 2: Geneseo 10, Oswego 3
The Knights continued the offensive output in the second game, with junior Marisa Motisi leading the way with three hits. Martin, Persich and junior Taylor Knowles added two hits apiece, while Martin drove in three runs.

As in the opener, Geneseo had the lead from the first inning. Persich led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on an infield single by Martin. Napoli hit a sacrifice fly to right field that advanced Persich to third and the first-year scored on an error on the throw. Geneseo added two unearned tallies in the second on a pair of Oswego errors, with Martin collecting an RBI groundout.

The Knights doubled their lead to 6-0 in the third. With two out and none on, Dennett singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI single by sophomore Julia Lalka. First-year Taylor Fedor and Motisi followed with back-to-back run-scoring basehits to add to the advantage.

Starter Olivia Furness (1-4) didn't allow a base hit until the fourth inning, when the host Lakers cut the lead in half to 6-3, with two runs scoring on a home run.

Geneseo answered in its next at-bat. Knowles had a pinch-hit single and the Knights loaded the bases via infield singles by Motisi and Persich. Martin and sophomore Claire VanNewkirk followed with back-to-back two-run doubles, pushing the lead to the final margin of 10-3.

Furness went five innings, allowing three runs on three hits, walking two and striking out seven. First-year Taylor Moore pitched a scoreless final two frames in relief.

Geneseo has non-conference road dates with Keuka on Tuesday, April 5 and Nazareth on Wednesday, April 6 before continuing with conference play with a visit to Brockport on Saturday, April 9.