PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo first-year Taylor Moore combined with her senior sister Mikayla Moore on the mound in game one, helping the Knights' softball team to a 5-4 win on Saturday. The Cardinals came back in the second game to win handily, 10-1 in six innings to keep their hold on second place in the SUNYAC with a 6-2 conference record. Geneseo is now 11-13 and 4-4 in SUNYAC play.
Game 1: Geneseo 5, Plattsburgh 4
Six different players had one hit apiece for the Knights for the game, with first-year Alyssa Persich contributing the key at-bat, a two-RBI triple, as Geneseo rode a four-run third inning to the opening victory. Taylor Moore earned the save in relief of Mikayla Moore (6-4), holding off a late Plattsburgh push.
Geneseo left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings before finally breaking through in the third. After walks to senior Cat Krok and junior Alyssa Presutti, a passed ball put both in scoring position and back-to-back RBI singles by first-year Taylor Fedor and junior Abby Dennett put the Knights up 2-0. With two outs and two aboard, Persich then tripled to left center to build the lead to 4-0.
Plattsburgh responded in the bottom of the third built on a walk and back-to-back doubles to plate a pair and cut the margin to 4-2. The Knights got one back in their next at-bat with a two-out tally. Senior Jenna Phillips walked, stole second and scored on Presutti's opposite-field single.
Down 5-2, the Cardinals rallied in the bottom of the sixth. A triple, single and double brought home a run. Taylor Moore was brought in to pitch and limited Plattsburgh to only one more tally in the inning, leaving the Knights clinging to a 5-4 advantage. In the seventh she allowed a one-out single and then closed out the Cardinals in order for the win.
Game 2: Plattsburgh 10, Geneseo 1 (six innings)
The Cardinals jumped out to a five-run advantage and cruised to the second-game victory, finishing the game with another five runs in the sixth inning. Geneseo mustered only four hits in the contest, two by Phillips.
Plattsburgh strung together a triple, two doubles and a hit by pitch to tally three runs in the bottom of the third, then added two more in its next at-bat to take a 5-0 lead. Junior Alexis Kidder relieved starter T. Moore (2-2) with two outs in the fourth.
Geneseo put a runner in scoring position in the second on back-to-back hits by Phillips and T. Moore, again in the fourth on Phillips' two-out double, but couldn't muster a run out of either opportunity. The Knights finally put a number on the board in the fifth when junior Taylor Knowles doubled and scored when a fly ball off the bat of sophomore Emily Martin was mishandled in left field. Martin was held hitless, snapping her hitting streak at 10 games.
The Knights will next take the field against non-conference opponent Houghton at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at Geneseo's Vic Raschi Field.