GENESEO, N.Y.– The Geneseo softball team improved its home record to 9-1 on Monday by taking two games from Alfred St., 8-0 (5 innings), 3-0. First-year Claire VanNewkirk had four RBI in game one, including a game-ending three-run triple, while sophomore Abby Dennett had two RBI in the second game. The Knights enjoyed error-free defense and solid pitching in both contests. First-year Olivia Furness took a no-hitter into the final inning of game two and senior Corrin Spallone notched a complete-game shutout in the opener.
The victories pushed Geneseo's winning streak to eight games and improved its record to 12-9 on the season.
Game 1: Geneseo 8, Alfred St. 0 (5 innings)
The Knights led from the start, scoring two runs in the first. With one out, senior Sami Brown singled up the middle and moved to third on a double to left center by junior Courtney Budynas. Senior Kayleigh Blersch scored both with a single to right field.
Geneseo added unearned runs in the second and the third, building the lead to 4-0. The Knights closed out the game with four runs in the fifth. Walks to Brown and Budynas, followed by a Blersch single, loaded the bases. After junior Jenna Phillips singled in one run, VanNewkirk drove a low liner to center that got past the Alfred St. outfielder, resulting in a bases-clearing triple.
Budynas, Blersch and Phillips all had two hits in the game, with Budynas reaching base three times and scoring each time. Phillips continued her hot offensive production, with her two singles giving her nine hits in her last 12 at-bats. She also had two defensive gems in left field, recording the first out of the fourth inning with a diving grab of a sinking liner and two batters later, going back to the warning track for a nice running catch.
Spallone (8-4) allowed four hits in her five innings of work, striking out seven and walking two. It was her third shutout of the season.
Game 2: Geneseo 3, Alfred St. 0
In her first collegiate start on the mound, Furness took a no-hitter into the top of the seventh, not allowing a ball out of the infield until a line out to center in the top of the fifth. The Knights supplied early support with a single run in the second. Sophomore Alyssa Presutti led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single off the bat of sophomore Jacqueline Santilli. Dennett then singled down the left field line, bringing home Presutti.
The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth when Geneseo struck for two more runs. Key plays in the inning were a lead-off pinch-hit double by Brown, a Krok single and a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Dennett, her second RBI of the game.
The Pioneers spoiled the no-hit bid in the top of the seventh, with the lead-off batter hitting a soft liner to center that just landed in front of a diving Blersch. After a solid single to left field, junior Mikayla Moore relieved Furness. A hit batter loaded the bases and put the tying run onboard with no outs. However Moore got the first out of the inning on a key strikeout, then coaxed a pop out and ground out, both to Santilli at second, to end the game and preserve the shutout.
The Knights again played strong defense in game two. Shortstop Phillips had a diving catch of a soft liner in the second and senior catcher Ashley Fillmore made a barehanded grab of a fouled-off bunt attempt for the third out of the fourth.
Furness (1-0) allowed two runs in six innings, striking out three and walking two, for her first collegiate victory. Moore recorded the save.
The Knights return to action April 14 with a doubleheader against Houghton, with the first pitch at 5:00 p.m. Both games will be video streamed through the Houghton athletics website and can be viewed at athletics.houghton.edu/watch/?Live=114.