ROCHESTER, N.Y.– Senior Ashley Fillmore and first-years Emily Martin and Claire VanNewkirk each had three-hit games, helping the Geneseo softball team to its ninth-consecutive doubleheader sweep, 7-3, 6-3 at RIT on Wednesday. The Knights had 23 hits in the twinbill, including six doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Geneseo, ranked eighth in the Northeast Region in last week's NCAA Division III poll, improved to 22-9 on the season with the non-conference victories. The Knights now have the second-longest winning streak in program history, 18 games, trailing only the 2002 squad which captured 23 in a row.
Game 1: Geneseo 7, RIT 3
Junior Cat Krok's home run capped a four-run opening frame while Fillmore and Martin each added three hits to lead Geneseo. The Knights hit for the cycle as a team, as in addition to Krok's home run, Fillmore and first-year Julia Lalka had doubles and Martin added a triple.
Fillmore led the first with a hit and moved to third on a sacrifice and passed ball. She scored on an RBI-fielder's choice by junior Courtney Budynas. With two out, Martin joined Budynas on base with a single up the middle, followed by Krok's three-run homer, which made it 4-0.
RIT (8-20) cut the margin to 4-2 with a pair of unearned runs in the second off sophomore starter Alexis Kidder. The Knights rebuilt the four-run lead with a pair of tallies in the top of the fourth. Doubles by Lalka and Fillmore scored one run, and sophomore Jacqueline Santilli's single to center scored Fillmore.
Senior Corrin Spallone (13-4) took over on the mound in the fourth and allowed the Tigers only a single run the rest of the way. Geneseo added a solo tally in the top of the seventh. Senior Kayleigh Blersch led off with a single, Martin had a bunt hit and after both moved up a base on a sacrifice, senior Katie Muller's RBI-groundout scored the game's final run.
Kidder pitched three innings, allowing two runs, both unearned, on four hits, while walking one and striking out two. Spallone (13-4) was credited with the win with her four innings of work, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out three.
Game 2: Geneseo 6, RIT 3
VanNewkirk's three hits included a home run, and she drove in three runs, while sophomore Alyssa Presutti and first-year Tori Fahie each added two hits in the nightcap, as Geneseo outhit the Tigers 12-4. Five of the hits were of the extra-base variety, as the Knights tagged four doubles and a home run.
Geneseo opened the scoring in the third inning. Sophomore Melissa Belsky led off the inning with double and scored when Presutti followed with a two-base hit. After a pair of outs, VanNewkirk doubled in the second run of the inning. She subsequently scored on Fahie's RBI-single to make it 3-0.
RIT scored three runs, two unearned, in the bottom of the fourth off starter first-year Olivia Furness and junior Mikayla Moore, who entered in relief. Geneseo responded with single runs in the next three innings. In the top of the fifth VanNewkirk singled in a run after Martin got onboard via error. Sophomore Taylor Knowles led off the sixth with a double, and after advancing to third on a sacrifice fly, scored on Presutti's bunt single. VanNewkirk closed out the scoring with a home run to right center to lead off the seventh.
Moore (8-3) recorded the win with 3 2/3 innings of relief work. She allowed one hit, two walks and struck out one. Furness gave up three hits while striking out five.
Geneseo will hit the road to close out its regular season with a pair of SUNYAC doubleheaders this weekend. The Knights will face New Paltz on Friday, April 24 and Oneonta on Saturday, April 25. Geneseo currently sits in second place in the SUNYAC and looks to clinch a playoff spot.