Softball Takes Two on the Road at Houghton, 5-1, 19-2

HOUGHTON, N.Y.- Junior pitcher Mikayla Moore struck out 11 in game one, and the Knights rode a season-high run output in the nightcap, as the Geneseo softball team swept Houghton, 5-1, 19-2 (5 innings), in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday. Nine different Knights had hits in the second game, including home runs by senior Kayleigh Blersch and sophomore Alyssa Presutti, with the team total of 16 hits the second-highest of the season. Geneseo (14-9) has now won ten consecutive games, tying the 1999 and 2000 squads with the fourth-highest consecutive win total in the Geneseo softball history. 

Game 1: Geneseo 5, Houghton 1

Moore (4-3) allowed one run on just three hits and her 11 strikeouts were one shy of her season high. Four different Knights recorded RBI in the game, including senior Sami Brown and junior Courtney Budynas, who led the offense with two hits apiece.

Down 1-0, the Knights took the lead in the top of the third. After senior Katie Muller reached on an error, a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Marisa Motisi moved her to second. Sophomore Jacqueline Santilli advanced Muller to third with an infield single, then stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Senior Ashley Fillmore singled, scoring one, then the Knights executed a double steal, with Fillmore safe at second and Santilli crossing the plate to make it 2-0. After Fillmore stole third, Brown singled her home for the third run of the inning.

Geneseo used speed on the basepaths for another run in the fifth. Brown singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a Budynas base hit. The Knights closed out the scoring in the sixth. After first-year Tori Fahie singled to left, Motisi drove her home with a triple to right-center.

Game 2: Geneseo 19, Houghton 2 (five innings)

The Knights exploded for their highest offensive run output of the season in the second game. The team's 16 hits and six extra-base hits were behind only the 19 hits and seven extra-base hits in an early-season 13-inning game against Southern Maine. Sophomore Taylor Knowles had three hits, including a triple, while Presutti hit her first home run of the season and drove in five runs.

Presutti led off the game with her home run, but the Highlanders used two hits, a walk, hit batsman, two wild pitches, and a stolen base in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one.

Geneseo broke the game open in the third, scoring eight runs on six hits and two Houghton errors. Key hits in the inning came back-to-back; Budynas doubled to left center to score two, and Blersch followed with a two-run home run, her team-high third of the season.

The Knights added seven in the fourth, all after two were out. Knowles, junior Cat Krok and first-year Melissa Belsky each had RBI singles and Brown had a two-run double. Geneseo closed out the scoring in the fifth by adding three more runs, two on a single by Santilli.

First-year Olivia Furness faced eight batters, allowing four hits and a run, before being replaced by senior Corrin Spallone. Spallone (9-4) went the rest of the way, allowing four hits, one run and striking out seven.

The Knights return to SUNYAC competition later this week with two home doubleheaders. On Friday, April 17 they'll face Plattsburgh with the first pitch at 3 p.m., and play Potsdam the next day, Saturday, April 18, starting at 12 p.m.