Spallone No-Hitter Leads Softball to Friday Sweep

Clermont, Fla. - Geneseo's softball team captured two games on Friday behind strong pitching performances by senior Corrin Spallone and junior Mikayla Moore. Spallone recorded her first collegiate no-hitter in shutting out McDaniel (Md.) 2-0, after Moore tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout over Lancaster Bible (Pa.) 5-0. The Knights posted a 3-6 record in the season-opening Dot Richardson Games in Clermont.

The Knights got on the scoreboard early against McDaniel. First-year Holly Drasser started the game with a single through the left side of the infield and senior Ashley Fillmore advanced her into scoring position with a bunt single. After two flyouts, junior Courtney Budynas singled home Drasser for the game's first run. It was Budynas' team-high seventh RBI of the season.

Geneseo manufactured another run in top of the third. Senior Sami Brown doubled to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With two out, Budynas worked the pitcher for a walk and the Knights then pulled off a double steal, Budynas safe at second while Brown stole home to record the run.

Spallone had nine strikeouts and faced only two batters over the minimum. Both came in the second inning, when, after two were out, a walk and a hit batter produced the only baserunners of the game for the Green Terror. Spallone retired the next 16 batters, closing out the no-hitter with a strikeout. She improved her record to 2-3 on the season.

Six different Knights had hits, including a pinch-hit triple by first-year Claire VanNewkirk in the sixth.

Moore led the way in the opener, throwing a complete-game shutout against Lancaster Bible. She struck out 12, scattered two hits and walked only two.

The Knights opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Drasser led off with a single, moved to third on an error and passed ball, and scored on an error on a ball hit to second by Brown. The duo scored another run in similar fashion in the bottom of the third. Drasser walked with two outs, advanced to third on a single by Brown, one of her two hits for the game, and scored on a passed ball.

The Knights expanded their lead the next inning, pushing across three runs. After bunt singles by pinch-hitter first-year Emily Martin and junior Jenna Phillips, junior Cat Krok drove in both with a double to center, Martin scoring her team-leading ninth run of the season. Krok scored later in the inning from third on a sacrifice fly by senior Jami Cohen.

The Chargers threatened in the first and sixth innings, putting a runner in scoring position with two outs, but in each case, Moore closed out the inning with a strikeout. She is now 1-2 on the season.

The Knights will open their SUNYAC schedule next weekend, with doubleheaders against Fredonia on Friday, March 27 and Buffalo St. on Saturday, March 28.