CORTLAND, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo softball team earned a pair of wins in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament, defeating New Paltz, 4-3, and edging Cortland, 4-2, to advance to the SUNYAC Finals.
GAME ONE – Geneseo 4, New Paltz 3
- Senior pitcher Taylor Moore worked through four scoreless innings for the Knights, but allowed a pair of baserunners in the fifth as New Paltz plated three runs with a two-out double.
- The Knights chipped away at the lead in the fifth inning as first-year pinch-hitter Katherine Hayes drew a walk, before sophomore Rachel Mihlstin came in to pinch-run. Senior outfielder Alyssa Persich followed with a single before junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch drove in both runners with a double to center, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
- Senior pitcher Jasmine Petrishin shut down the New Paltz offense for the final two innings and led off the bottom of the seventh frame. Petrishin drove a double to the right-field corner, took off for third while it was unoccupied and scored on a New Paltz error, tying the game, 3-3.
- Senior infielder Kylie Papagelos roped a single and junior infielder Brooke Wolff laid down a bunt single before the Hawks committed a second error in the inning allowing the game-winning run to score.
GAME TWO – Geneseo 4, Cortland 2
- Cortland cracked the scoreboard first with an RBI double in the second inning, but the Knights responded with three runs in the fourth. Junior outfielder Hannah Elmer drove in a run with an RBI double before senior catcher Taylor Fedor and senior pitcher Taylor Moore each knocked in a run, giving the Knights a 3-1 lead.
- In the seventh inning, senior outfielder Danni Napoli laced a ground-rule double down the left field line to plate senior outfielder Alyssa Persich, increasing the Knights' lead to 4-1.
- Cortland added a run in the seventh, but its comeback came up short as junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch earned her second pitching win of the tournament.
- Persich finished with four hits in the two games combined, bringing her career total to 193, while Napoli recorded three hits in game two to advance her career total to 174.
- Petrishin improved to 7-0 on the mound this season with her pitching win in game one while Kersch earned her 14th pitching victory of the season in game two.
- For the second-straight season the Knights have begun the SUNYAC Tournament with three-consecutive wins. Last year the Knights fell in the first game of the finals, but earned a victory in the if-necessary game to claim the conference crown.
Geneseo will play in the SUNYAC finals, beginning tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. The Knights await the winner of the elimination game between Oswego and Cortland, scheduled for 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.