CLERMONT, FLA. - SUNY Geneseo junior outfielder Alyssa Persich went 6-for-7 with six runs scored as the Knights used an explosive offensive attack, scoring a total of 25 runs, to earn a pair of wins. Geneseo defeated Gordon, 12-3 in game one, and took down Concordia (Wisc.), 13-1, in game two.
Junior Jasmine Petrishin earned her first win in a Knights' uniform, tossing four innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits. First-year Nicole Schwartz earned the three-inning save, allowing one earned run on five hits over three innings in her collegiate debut.
Geneseo plated four runs in the second inning, capitalizing on a pair of Gordon errors. After senior Tori Fahie led off the inning with a single, sophomore Brooke Wolff drove home first-year pinch runner Rachel Mihlstin with a sacrifice fly. Two batters later, junior Kylie Papagelos hit an RBI double. The Knights scored two more runs on a wild pitch and an error to take a 4-0 lead.
Gordon scored single runs in the second and third innings to make it 4-2, but Geneseo responded with two runs in the top of the fourth. Junior Danni Napoli ripped an RBI double to left-center and junior catcher Taylor Fedor drove in a run on a groundout to make it 6-2. Papagelos added another RBI double in the fifth to make it 7-2.
After Gordon scored a run in the sixth, the Knights put the game away with five runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of first-year Samantha Seeger.
Junior pitcher Taylor Moore twirled a two-hitter, allowing just one run in five innings pitched to earn the victory and improve to 2-0 on the season.
Geneseo opened up the game with six runs in the first inning. Junior Anna Merante and senior Claire VanNewkirk each knocked RBI singles, and Fedor drove an RBI double to left-center. Moore helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly and sophomore Abbey Whitney poked a home run over the left-center fence to make it 6-0.
Merante ripped a three-run home run to dead-center to increase the lead to 9-0 in the second inning and Whitney tacked on an RBI single to make it 10-0.
Napoli added a two-run double and sophomore catcher Hannah Elmer laced an RBI single in the third to make it 13-0.
Concordia scored a single run off Moore in the fourth inning, but the Knights held on for the run-rule victory.
The Knights begin the season with a 4-0 mark for the first time in head coach David Sylvester's six-year tenure.
Geneseo is hitting .422 as a team, led by Papagelos (6-for-8, .750), Seeger (3-for-4, .750) and Persich (7-for-10, .700).
Moore earned her 20th career win on the rubber, moving to 20-7 all-time.
Persich scored her 50th career run in game two, and is just two hits shy of 100 in her career.
Geneseo (4-0) takes on University of New England and Amherst on Monday, with the first game beginning at 9:00 a.m.