Softball Takes Two from Visiting Houghton, 10-3, 9-3

GENESEO, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo senior Cat Krok had four hits, four RBI and scored three runs in the doubleheader helping lead the Knights' softball team to a 10-3, 9-3 sweep of visiting Houghton on Tuesday. Geneseo improved its record to 13-13 on the season.

Game 1: Geneseo 10, Houghton 3
A six-run second inning, highlighted by back-to-back home runs by first-year Danni Napoli and sophomore Claire VanNewkirk gave the Knights an insurmountable lead in the opener. First-year Kylie Papagelos had three RBI in the game, two in the decisive inning.

After the Highlanders opened with a run in the top of the first, Geneseo responded in the bottom of inning. With two out, Krok singled through the left side and scored when VanNewkirk doubled on a line drive ripped past the shortstop that rolled all the way to the wall in left center.

The Knights broke open the game in their next at-bat. Junior Jacqueline Santilli and first-year Taylor Moore opened the inning with infield singles and both moved into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt. Papagelos drove both home with an opposite-field double into the right-center gap and came in to score when first-year Alyssa Persich followed with a double of her own to make the score 3-0. After a pitching change, Napoli greeted the new hurler with a two-run home run on the first pitch and VanNewkirk followed with a solo shot to make it 7-1.

Geneseo added to the lead in the fourth when Krok doubled home a pair aboard after an error and a walk. After Houghton cut the margin to 9-3 in the top of the fifth, Papagelos drove in her third run of the game with a single through the right side, scoring junior Taylor Knowles, aboard after a base hit.

T. Moore (3-2) recorded the win, allowing three runs on five hits, walking three and striking out seven.

Game 2: Geneseo 9, Houghton 3
Krok, sophomore Emily Martin and first-year Anna Merante each had two hits as the Knights scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to break open a close contest.

Geneseo took the early lead with a pair of runs in the second and third innings. Merante had a run-scoring two-out single in the second frame, fighting off an inside pitch to drop a hit in front of the Highlander right-fielder. An inning later, junior Alyssa Presutti had an RBI ground-out to score Martin, on base after a lead-off double that hit the top of the wall in left, and give the Knights a 2-0 lead.

The Highlanders scored three in the fifth to take the lead, but Geneseo responded in its next at-bat. After Martin singled and was sacrificed to second, Krok came off the bench to drive her in with a triple over the right fielder's head. Presutti followed with a single to give the Knights a 4-3 lead and later in the inning Geneseo pulled off the double steal, with Presutti coming home to make it 5-3.

The Knights added four in the bottom of the sixth, all after two were out, with Krok adding an RBI single to her game line.

Senior Mikayla Moore (7-4) struck out 10 in the win, allowing three runs on five hits and walking three.

Geneseo returns to Vic Raschi Field on Wednesday, April 20 to face visiting RIT starting at 3:00 p.m.