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Softball Uses Another Game Two Rally to Take a Pair from Oneonta, 5-3, 7-5

First-year Danni Napoli.
First-year Danni Napoli.

GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior Abby Dennett and senior Cat Krok each had four hits and two RBI on the day, helping the Knights to a 5-3, 7-5 SUNYAC doubleheader sweep over second-place Oneonta on Friday. Geneseo came back from 4-0 and 5-2 deficits in another late rally to record the second-game victory. The Knights' win streak is now at six games and improves their record to 17-13 and 6-4 in the SUNYAC.

Game 1: Geneseo 5, Oneonta 3
Senior Mikayla Moore (8-4) tossed a six-hitter with six strikeouts, while Dennett and Krok each had two hits. Dennett drove in two and junior Alyssa Presutti crossed the plate twice and added a run-scoring double.

Geneseo scored in each of the first three innings. In the opening frame, with two outs, first-year Danni Napoli had an infield single, stole second and scored on Krok's double to right-center. The Knights added another in the second, when Dennett had a hard-hit single up the middle to score Presutti from third base.

The lead was extended to 5-0 in the third. With one out, Krok singled home sophomore Emily Martin, on board after her double, and after a second out, a double by Presutti and a single by Dennett each drove in single tallies.

The Red Dragons chipped away by scoring single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth, but Moore kept them from a big inning, stranding two runners in the fourth and one on third in the sixth.

In the seventh, Oneonta had runners on first and third with one out, but shortstop Martin made a nice backhand play on an infield grounder, throwing home to get the lead runner in a run-down and record the second out. Moore then got the final Red Dragon hitter on a unassisted ground out to Dennett at first.

Game 2: Geneseo 7, Oneonta 5
The Knights rallied in game two for the second time this week to capture the doubleheader sweep and climb into a three-way tie for third in the SUNYAC standings.

Oneonta scored two in the second and one in the third to take a 3-0 lead, with first-year pitcher Taylor Moore entering the game in relief in the third with runners on second and third and two outs. She got out of the inning without further damage and also held Oneonta off the board in the fourth, pitching out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam.

The Red Dragons increased their lead with a single run in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. Geneseo finally got on the board in the bottom of the frame. With Moore on second, Martin singled down the left-field line, scoring the first Knights' run. After an infield single by Napoli, Krok singled to plate Martin and cut the margin to 4-2.

Oneonta gained one back in the sixth to make it a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. An error, followed by back-to-back singles by Moore and Persich loaded the bases. Martin singled up the middle to make it 5-3. Napoli followed with another single and after an overthrow to home plate got loose, three runs had scored, Napoli was on third, and Geneseo had a 6-5 lead. A Krok base hit scored Napoli to provide the final margin.

Junior Alexis Kidder started and went 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout. Moore (5-2) earned the win in 4 1/3 innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits, with one strikeout.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. when they face SUNYAC opponent New Paltz.

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