Kersch Tosses No-Hitter to Lead Softball to 5-0 Victory Over Lakers in SUNYAC Tournament Opener

CORTLAND, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch tossed the Knights' first no-hitter since the 2016 season and the first seven-inning no-hitter since 2015, lifting the squad to a 5-0 victory over Oswego in the opening game of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament on Thursday.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Geneseo took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when junior outfielder Hannah Elmer poked an RBI single and senior catcher Taylor Fedor added a sacrifice fly.
  • The Knights added a run in the second when Kersch drove home junior infielder Brooke Wolff with a sacrifice fly to center field. Geneseo manufactured another run in the third to take a 4-0 lead.
  • Senior outfielder Danni Napoli added a solo home run to left field in the fifth inning to increase the lead to 5-0.
  • Kersch walked the first batter she faced, but then retired 21 out of the next 23 batters faced, including 14 in a row.

QUICK FACTS

  • Kersch's no-hitter marks the 15th in program history and the third time the Knights have no-hit Oswego, the most no-hitters against any single opponent.
  • Napoli clubbed her 22nd career home run and her sixth of the season while Elmer recorded her 40th RBI of the season, just the fourth Knight to ever drive in 40 runs or more in a season.
  • Senior outfielder Alyssa Persich went 2-for-4 to extend her current hitting streak to five games. She has gone 11-for-19 in the Knights' last five games.

WHAT'S NEXT?

The Knights advance to the second day of the SUNYAC Tournament and will face the winner of New Paltz and Oneonta (played at 1:00 p.m. Thursday) on Friday at 11:00 a.m.