Softball Closes Regular Season With Split Opposite Plattsburgh

GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo softball team closed the regular season with a doubleheader split with visiting Plattsburgh. The Knights fell in the opener, 12-11, before bouncing back for a 4-3 victory. 

GAME 1 – Plattsburgh 12, Geneseo 11

  • Junior designated player Ashlyn Kersch went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles and three RBI while senior left fielder Danni Napoli finished 2-for-5 with a homerun and three RBI, but it was Plattsburgh earning the comeback victory.
  • Geneseo plated two runs in the first inning on an RBI ground out by Napoli and an RBI single by junior first baseman Abbey Whitney.
  • Plattsburgh got one back in the second, but the Knights answered with three in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run double by Kersch and an RBI double by Napoli.
  • Junior catcher Hannah Elmer gave Geneseo a 6-2 cushion with a solo home run in the bottom of fourth inning, but the Cardinals brought six runs across in the fifth inning to take an 8-6 lead.
  • Geneseo responded with five runs in the sixth inning started by four-consecutive doubles by senior centerfielder Alyssa Persich, Kersch, Napoli and Elmer. Senior Kylie Papagelos later tacked on a two-run double for an 11-8 lead.
  • Plattsburgh battled back with four runs in the top of the seventh and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win.

GAME 2 – Geneseo 4, Plattsburgh 3

  • Papagelos finished 2-for-4 including a two-run homerun in the fourth inning before Napoli hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to earn the victory.
  • Elmer scored Persich with a two-out single in the first inning.
  • After Papagelos' homerun pushed the Knights to a 3-0 lead in the fourth, Plattsburgh (13-17, 7-9 SUNYAC) came back to tie the game with a run in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh.
  • In the bottom of the seventh, Kersch reached second on a dropped fly ball to shallow left field before Napoli drove a ball to left field to bring in the deciding run.
  • Kersch earned the complete game victory, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven to improve to 12-2 this spring. 

WHAT'S NEXT

Already assured of no lower than the second seed for the SUNYAC Tournament, Geneseo (30-8, 14-4 SUNYAC) awaits the outcome of Monday's make-up doubleheader between host Cortland and Oswego.

The Knights would be the top seed and host the six-team double-elimination tournament for the second-straight season if Oswego beats Cortland once, while Cortland would clinch the top seed with a sweep.