Softball Opens Big Leads in Both Games, Takes Pair at Brockport, 7-2, 6-2

BROCKPORT, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo first-year Danni Napoli had two home runs and four RBI in the second game, helping the Knights sweep their SUNYAC doubleheader at Brockport, Wednesday, 7-2, 6-2. Senior Mikayla Moore (game one) and junior Alexis Kidder (game two) were strong on the mound, each pitching complete-game five-hitters. Geneseo captured its ninth win in the last 10 games and improves its record to 20-14, 9-5 in SUNYAC play, and moved into a tie for third in the conference standings.

Game 1: Geneseo 7, Brockport 2
The Knights opened a 7-0 lead and held the host Golden Eagles off the scoreboard until the sixth to cruise the opening-game triumph. Moore got the pitching win and helped herself out at the plate with a pair of RBI.

Geneseo put up two runs in the second with the help of a pair of Brockport errors. Junior Marisa Motisi had an infield hit RBI, scoring senior Jenna Phillips who had walked, for the Knights' first run. Later in the frame, with two outs and a runner on third, Motisi took off for second and got in a rundown allowing the second tally to score.

In the third, Napoli led off with a walk, stole second and scored on a single to right field by senior Cat Krok. Back-to-back singles by Phillips and senior Courtney Budynas loaded the bases and junior Abby Dennett drew a walk to make the score 4-0. After a force-out at the plate for the second out, Moore singled through the left side for two RBI and a 6-0 lead.

The Knights added another run in the sixth, on Napoli's foul fly-out to left field which scored a runner from third. Brockport pushed across its two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Moore (9-5) allowed two runs on five hits, walking three and striking out eight.

Game 2: Geneseo 6, Brockport 2
Napoli had three hits, two of them home runs and drove in four runs as the Knights completed the sweep.

The first-year left fielder opened the scoring for Geneseo with a solo, two-out shot in the first inning. The Knights doubled the lead in the top of the second with an unearned run scored by junior Alyssa Presutti.

Starting pitcher Kidder stranded a pair of runners in the second and another in the third until the Geneseo offense broke open the contest in the fourth when Napoli made it 5-0 with a homer to left field with two runners aboard.

The Knights added another tally in the seventh courtesy of doubles by Dennett and first-year Alyssa Persich. The Golden Eagles broke up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run home run for the final margin of 6-2. Kidder (3-2) allowed the two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three.

Napoli now has six home runs on the season, moving her into a tie with four players for the SUNYAC lead. She leads the conference in slugging percentage (.675) and has raised her average to .400, tops on the team and seventh in the conference. Kidder leads the SUNYAC with her 1.46 ERA, while Moore is fifth in strikeouts with 80.

The Knights have climbed into a tie for third in the SUNYAC standings with Oneonta heading into the final weekend. After a 5-9 start, Geneseo has gone 15-5, winning 20 games for the third time in the past four seasons. The Knights will close out the regular season and conference play with upcoming home doubleheaders against Buffalo St. and Fredonia. Geneseo will face the Bengals on Friday, April 29 for Cancer Awareness Day and the Blue Devils on Saturday, April 30, when the Knights' seniors will be honored.