Softball Splits with Plattsburgh in SUNYAC-Opening Doubleheader

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior outfielder Danni Napoli recorded four hits, including a two-run home run in game two, as the Knights split their State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) opening doubleheader with Plattsburgh, falling, 5-3, in game one but coming back for an 8-6 victory in game two. 

GAME ONE

  • The two teams played through three scoreless innings before Plattsburgh plated four runs in the fourth inning to gain the lead. Geneseo responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth when junior infielder Kylie Papagelos drove in sophomores Brooke Wolff and Kate Luchowski with a two-run double to make it 4-2. 
  • Plattsburgh added an insurance run in the sixth inning to increase their lead to 5-2, but the Knights battled in the final frame to draw closer. Wolff brought home first-year outfielder Samantha Seeger with a double to the right-center gap to bring Geneseo within two runs and send the tying run to the plate, but the comeback bid was thwarted as the Knights fell in game one.

GAME TWO

  • Plattsburgh jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first, but the Knights scored three of their own in the second. Papagelos and junior infielder Anna Merante each had an RBI and Wolff came home to score on an error as Geneseo tied the game at 3-3. 
  • After the Cardinals scored in the bottom of the second, Wolff laced a game-tying double to the gap, making it 4-4 in the top of the third. 
  • Sophomore pitcher Ashlyn Kersch navigated her way through the Plattsburgh lineup as the Knights scored the go-ahead run in the fourth on a wild pitch. Geneseo tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning to take an 8-4 lead. Napoli clocked a two-run home run and senior pinch-hitter Claire VanNewkirk was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give the team a four-run lead. 
  • Junior pitcher Taylor Moore came in for Kersch in the sixth and recorded the final four outs of the game to put the game away and seal the win. 

QUICK FACTS

  • Kersch improved to 4-1 on the season, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits and recording five strikeouts in game two. Moore earned her first career save, closing out the game with the final four outs. 
  • Napoli hit her 13th-career home run, moving into a tie for sixth place in Geneseo history. 
  • The Knights close the month of March with a 12-4 record, their best March performance since 1998 when they posted a 9-1 mark.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Geneseo will travel to Keuka on Monday, April 2 for a non-conference doubleheader.