Timely Hitting Keys Softball Sweep Against Plattsburgh, 3-2, 7-4

GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo softball team ran its consecutive win streak to 12 games with a 3-2, 7-4 doubleheader sweep of SUNYAC opponent Plattsburgh on Friday. Junior Courtney Budynas had a pair of RBI in each game, two in the first contest on a home run, while first-year Julia Lalka and sophomore Abby Dennett provided key run-scoring hits in each game.

The win in game two was the Knights' 12th consecutive victory, the third-highest streak in program history. The sweep improves Geneseo's record to 16-9, 7-3 in the SUNYAC, and gives the team an 11-1 record at home.

Game 1: Geneseo 3, Plattsburgh 2

Senior Corrin Spallone stranded seven runners for the win in game one, while Budynas and Lalka provided the key hits.

The Knights struck in the bottom of the first. After senior Ashley Fillmore was hit by a pitch, senior Sami Brown sacrificed her to second. Budynas then homered to center field to give Geneseo a 2-0 lead.

Plattsburgh (8-20, 3-11) tied the game in the top of the third, on a two singles and a pair of Geneseo errors. The Cardinals had runners on second and third with no out, but second baseman Budynas went back on a soft liner, made a nice over-the-shoulder catch, and then doubled the runner off at third with a strong throw. Spallone then closed out the inning with a strikeout.

Plattsburgh had the first two runners aboard in the top of the fifth, but Spallone retired the next three hitters, two on strikeouts.

Geneseo took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, first-year Claire VanNewkirk hit a pinch-hit double to left field. After the second out was recorded, Lalka stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter and drilled a single to left field, scoring the winning run.

Spallone (10-4) struck out seven and walked none, allowing eight hits in gaining the victory.

Game 2: Geneseo 7, Plattsburgh 4

Junior Jenna Phillips and first-year Emily Martin matched Brown and Budynas with two hits apiece in game two. Junior Mikayla Moore (5-3) picked up the win, with Spallone coming in the seventh to notch the save.

Geneseo took the lead in the bottom of the first. After two out, consecutive singles by Budynas, senior Kayleigh Blersch and Phillips made it 1-0. The Knights increased the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Brown doubled to left center and scored on Budynas' single up the middle.

Plattsburgh took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. The Cardinals loaded the bases with no out on two singles and an error. Moore almost got out of the inning by retiring the next two batters, but a triple to right field scored all three base runners, giving the visitors a 3-2 lead.

The Knights answered in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 3-3. Martin singled to right center, advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right by VanNewkirk.

Geneseo scored the winning runs in the bottom of the fifth, all with two outs. With Budynas on via an error, Phillips singled to left and Martin beat out an infield single to load the bases. Dennett, who entered the game as a defensive substitution in the fifth inning, drove a two-strike pitch into the left-centerfield gap, scoring all three runs.

The Knights added another run in the bottom of the sixth, when Fillmore scored from second on a fielders' choice. It was the 100th run she has scored in her career, placing her fifth on Geneseo's record list.

Moore went 6 1/3-innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. She struck out seven and walked two. After two Cardinals reached base on the top of the seventh, Spallone came on to record the final two outs, recording the save.

The Knights wore special uniforms for the doubleheader, in honor of a former player's mother who recently passed away from cancer. It was part of the team's annual efforts to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Geneseo returns to action on Saturday with a doubleheader against SUNYAC opponent Potsdam. First pitch is at 12 p.m., with senior day ceremonies taking part before the first game.