Kersch Powers Knights to Game One Win in Doubleheader Split

CLERMONT, FLA. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore pitcher Ashlyn Kersch earned a complete-game win and hit a two-run home run to lead the Knights to an 11-2 victory over University of New England in the first game of the day, but the squad took its first loss of the year in game two, falling to Amherst, 9-1.

GAME ONE

  • Kersch tossed five innings, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and ringing up eight strikeouts to earn her second win in as many starts. The Geneseo bats backed her up, scoring in all four innings at the plate.
  • Junior Taylor Fedor put the Knights ahead 2-0 in the first inning with a two-run double. The Nor'easters scored one in the top of the second, but junior Alyssa Persich drove in a run in the bottom of the frame to give the Knights a 3-1 lead.
  • In the third, senior Claire VanNewkirk drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Kersch helped her own caused with a two-run home run to center field, putting the team ahead 6-1. 
  • Geneseo plated five more runs in the fourth, including two-run doubles from VanNewkirk and sophomore Brooke Wolff to pull away and earn the run-rule victory.

GAME TWO 

  • Geneseo was held to one run on three hits as Amherst scored nine on 16 hits. 
  • VanNewkirk drove in the Knights' lone run with an RBI single in the first inning, bringing home Persich. 
  • First-year Nicole Schwartz pitched 5.2 innings of relief, allowing a pair of earned runs on eight hits and striking out three.

QUICK FACTS

  • Despite scoring just one run against Amherst, the Knights' offense is averaging 8.75 runs per game. 
  • Against Amherst, Geneseo was held without an extra-base hit for the first time in 10 games, dating back to last season.
  • In two appearances, Kersch has tossed 12.0 innings, allowing one earned run on nine hits and recording 13 strikeouts, with a team-low ERA of 0.58.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Geneseo will take Tuesday off and then return to action Wednesday morning against Ohio Wesleyan, with first pitch scheduled for 9:00 a.m.