Softball Loses Two on the Road at Nazareth

PITTSFORD, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo sophomore shortstop Emily Martin had four hits on the day, but the Knights dropped two games to host Nazareth, 4-1 and 5-4 in eight innings. The Game Two loss came after the Golden Flyers rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. Geneseo had its four-game win streak snapped and falls to 9-11 on the season.

Game 1: Nazareth 4, Geneseo 1
Martin had two hits and the Knights' only RBI as Geneseo had put runners aboard in six of seven innings, but left 10 stranded.

The host Golden Flyers jumped out to an early lead, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the first after two were out. The Knights had runners in scoring position in both the first and third innings, but failed to score and Nazareth built the lead to 4-0 with two more tallies in the third on two hits and a walk.

Geneseo had an opportunity to cut the deficit in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with none out, but couldn't score.

The Knights finally got on the board in the fifth to pull within 4-1. Junior Alyssa Presutti walked, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a single to right field by Martin, her team-leading ninth RBI of the season. Geneseo had a chance to do more damage in the inning, loading the bases on a pair of walks, but again couldn't deliver the key hit.

Moore (4-4) went six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits, four walks and four strikeouts.

Game 2: Nazareth 5, Geneseo 4 (8 innings)
The Golden Flyers tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and pushed across the winning run in the first extra inning. Martin had two more hits and has hit in seven-straight games, with five multi-hit games and a .545 average in that stretch.

Nazareth again took an early advantage, with a home run in the first inning staking them to a 3-0 lead. 

After making little noise in the first two innings, Geneseo broke through in the third. First-year Taylor Moore started the frame with a double to right center. Junior Marisa Motisi got on board due to a Nazareth error, putting runners on second and third. A balk scored Moore and Motisi followed her home on a double to left field by first-year Alyssa Persich. Hits by Martin and sophomore Tori Fahie brought Persich across the plate to tie the game at 3-3. The Knights had a chance to take the lead but Martin was thrown out at home attempting to score on an infield grounder.

Geneseo claimed its first advantage of the afternoon in the top of the fifth. Persich had a bunt single to start the inning, followed by a Martin single. Both advanced a base on a wild pitch and Persich scored on an infield throwing error.

Starting pitcher T. Moore pitched out of jams in the second, third and fifth innings to keep the Golden Flyers off the board. In the second, with runners at second and third and one out, she recorded a strikeout and pop up to end the inning. In the fifth, again with runners at second and third, she struck out the Nazareth hitter to end the inning. Danni Napoli helped out in the fourth by throwing out a runner at first base on a ball hit to her in right field.

In the bottom of the seventh Nazareth got its first two runners aboard, courtesy of a Geneseo error and a single. After junior Alexis Kidder relieved Moore, a Golden Flyer sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. Kidder got the second out by coaxing a ground out, but the next batter singled to center, knotting the game at 4-4. After a walk to load the bases, Kidder ended the inning with a pop out to third and the game went into extra innings.

The Knights went down in order in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the frame, the host side combined a pair of walks, a sacrifice and two singles to score the winning run.

T. Moore went six innings, giving up four runs, three earned, while walking two and striking out one. Kidder (1-2) was charged with one run, allowing three hits and three walks.

Geneseo goes on the road this weekend for two SUNYAC doubleheaders. The Knights will face Potsdam on Friday, April 15 and Plattsburgh on Saturday, April 16.