Knights Land Three on SUNYAC Softball All-Star Squad

2016 SUNYAC Softball All-Conference Team

GENESEO, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo first-year Danni Napoli, senior Mikayla Moore and sophomore Claire VanNewkirk were named to the 2016 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Softball All-Conference team, announced Thursday. 

Outfielder Napoli was voted a first-team selection off an impressive inaugural season. She led the Knights in a number of offensive categories, including batting average (.426), runs (31), home runs (eight), RBI (23), on-base percentage (.496) and slugging percentage (.713). She topped the SUNYAC in slugging percentage and tied for the lead in home runs, while her batting average was the third highest among conference players. In addition, she was sixth in on-base percentage and seventh in runs scored.

She garnered post-season honors by being named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament team after hitting .455 in four games, with three runs, one home run and two RBI.

Napoli's numbers also earned her entry into the Geneseo record books. Her eight home runs tied her for second best on the single-season list and she also recorded the fourth-highest slugging percentage and sixth-best on-base percentage in a season by a Knight. Her .426 average was the first .400 season recorded by a Geneseo player since 2013.

Moore, the Knights' number-one starting pitcher, was a second-team selection. She compiled an 11-8 mark on the mound, with a 2.79 ERA and 103 strikeouts. She led the SUNYAC in lowest batting average against (.220) and tied for second in strikeouts, while finishing sixth in ERA and seventh in wins. Moore also added her name to the Knights' all-time best lists this season. Her four-year career numbers place her sixth in strikeouts (268), and ninth in wins (28), appearances (45) and innings pitched (295 1/3).

VanNewkirk joined Moore on the second team, earning honors as designated player. She batted .309 and tied for the team lead with eight doubles, while finishing behind Napoli in home runs (four), RBI (20) and slugging percentage (.603), with the latter being the sixth highest in the SUNYAC.

Geneseo completed its season with a 25-17 record and finished third in the SUNYAC standings with a 12-6 mark, qualifying for the conference playoffs for the eight consecutive season.