Softball Closes Out Regular Season with Sweep over Fredonia to Clinch Third Place in SUNYAC

GENESEO, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo senior Mikayla Moore tossed a one-hit, nine-inning shutout in game one, while sophomore Julia Lalka and Claire VanNewkirk had home runs in game two, helping the Knights to a 1-0 (9), 7-3 sweep of visiting Fredonia, Saturday. Geneseo closes out the regular season at 23-15, 12-6 in the conference, finishing in third place in the SUNYAC.

Game 1: Geneseo 1, Fredonia 0 (nine innings)
The Knights scored the game's only run in the bottom of the ninth, while Moore allowed only a first-inning bunt hit in claiming her 10th win of the season.

Geneseo had its best chance to score in regulation in its first at-bat. With one out, sophomore Emily Martin singled to left field, followed by a double by first-year Danni Napoli, but both were left stranded.

Moore only allowed one ball out of the infield through the first six innings and was the beneficiary of some strong defense behind her. Senior Courtney Budynas made a diving stop at second base to spear a ground ball and throw out a runner in the first, while junior Abby Dennett started a first base to shortstop double play in the second with the clean pick of a ground ball.

Neither side mounted much of an offensive threat until the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, senior Jenna Phillips singled to left field. Budynas followed with a basehit through the left side and took second. The next batter, Dennett, grounded to short, but the Fredonia fielder bobbled the ball and then threw wide at first, with Dennett safe and Phillips scoring the winning run.

Moore (10-6) allowed just the one hit in nine innings of work, walked four and struck out eight.

Game 2: Geneseo 7, Fredonia 3
The Knights were outhit, 11-6, but two of their hits were home runs, a two-run shot by VanNewkirk and a grand slam by Lalka.

VanNewkirk's homer was in the bottom of the first, knocking in first-year Taylor Moore, who reached base on an infield error.

The Blue Devils cut the margin to 2-1 with a pair of doubles in the top of the fifth off sophomore starter Olivia Furness. The Knights answered in the bottom of the inning. First-year Kylie Papagelos drew a base on balls, Moore singled up the middle and VanNewkirk walked to load the bases. Sophomore Tori Fahie took the third walk of the inning to bring home a run and cause a pitching change for Fredonia. Lalka greeted the Blue Devil reliever with a drive over the fence in left field, the second grand slam of her career, giving the Knights a 7-1 lead.

After three straight singles in the Fredonia sixth, junior Alexis Kidder came on in relief, with the Blue Devils pushing across their final two runs in the inning, leading to the final score of 7-3.

Furness (3-5) went five innings for the win, allowing three runs on 10 hits, walking one and striking out two. Kidder pitched two frames in relief allowing one hit and striking out two.

With the wins, Geneseo finished third in the SUNYAC regular season. The Knights will open the double-elimination conference tournament in Cortland on Thursday, May 5 against number-four seed Oneonta at 1 p.m. Geneseo took a pair from Oneonta at home on April 22, 5-3 and 7-5.