GENESEO, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo first-year pitcher Taylor Moore picked up another win in relief as the Knights rebounded from an opening-game 9-2 loss to take game two, 10-3, and claim a doubleheader split with visiting New Paltz, Saturday. Geneseo's record is now 18-14, 7-5 in SUNYAC play.
Game 1: New Paltz 9, Geneseo 2
The Knights were held to three hits and trailed the entire way as New Paltz ended Geneseo's six-game win streak.
The Hawks scored four in the second to take the early lead, but Geneseo closed the gap the 4-2 in the third. First-year Danni Napoli walked to lead off the inning and senior Cat Krok followed with a run-scoring double to right center. After Krok was sacrificed to third, she scored on an New Paltz error.
New Paltz responded with three runs in their next at-bat to re-establish the lead and added another pair in the seventh. First-year Alyssa Persich and senior Courtney Budynas were the only Knights other than Krok to have base hits in the game. Senior Mikayla Moore (8-5) took the loss on the mound.
Game 2: Geneseo 10, New Paltz 3
The Knights scored seven times in the fifth inning to break open a tie game and earn the doubleheader split. Krok had three RBI in the game, taking over the team lead with 17 on the season, while Persich, junior Marisa Motisi and first-year Taylor Fedor all knocked in two apiece.
Geneseo opened the scoring in the third. After one-out hits from Persich and sophomore Emily Martin, Krok singled to center, scoring two and giving the Knights their first lead of the day at 2-0.
New Paltz cut the lead in half with a tally in the fourth, but the Knights responded with a run in their half of the frame to re-establish the two-run margin at 3-1. A lead-off double by Budynas was followed by singles by juniors Abby Dennett and Motisi, with Motisi earning the RBI.
The Hawks knotted the game in the fifth with a two-run home run, but the tie was short-lived. Krok doubled in Napoli, on board via single, to give the Knights the lead 4-3 and subsequent walks to Budynas and Dennett loaded the bases. Consecutive singles by Motisi, Fedor and Persich added five more runs, increasing the lead to 9-3. With two out and Persich on third and Napoli on first, Napoli took off for second and got in a rundown long enough for Persich to score the seventh run of the frame.
Moore (6-2) went 2 2/3 innings, allowing no runs and only one hit. She earned a win in similar fashion yesterday against Oneonta after entering the game in relief. Junior starter Alexis Kidder went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out four.
The Knights currently sit in fourth place in the SUNYAC conference, in good position to claim one of the six post-season spots, with three conference doubleheaders scheduled for the upcoming week. They'll face Brockport on the road on Tuesday, April 26 and after a non-conference contest against at Keuka on Wednesday, April 27, will close out the regular season against SUNYAC opponents Buffalo St. on Friday, April 29 and Fredonia on Saturday, April 30.