Persich, Moore Shine in Softball Twinbill Split

LEESBURG, Fla. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore outfielder Alyssa Persich finished 5-for-7 from the plate while sophomore pitcher Taylor Moore twirled a one-hit shutout in game two as the Knights split a pair of games on Sunday afternoon. The team fell to Susquehanna University, 5-3, but rebounded with a shutout of Lancaster Bible College, 5-0. 

Persich finished 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, and an RBI, while sophomores Danni Napoli and Anna Merante each recorded an RBI double to supply the Knights' offense. First-year pitcher Ashlyn Kersch went 4.1 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits and recording three strikeouts. Senior pitcher Alexis Kidder allowed an earned run over 1.2 innings of relief and was charged with the loss.

Geneseo jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on a two-out walk to Napoli. Merante followed with a double down the left field line to bring home a run. The Riverhawks responded with a run in the bottom of the second to tie it, but the Knights regained the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Moore led off with a pinch-hit single, followed by RBI doubles from Persich and Napoli to put Geneseo ahead 3-1. Susquehanna scored three times in the bottom of the fifth and added a run in the sixth to make it 5-3. The Knights loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but could not plate any runs in the final frame.

Moore threw a gem against Lancaster Bible College, limiting the Chargers to one hit over seven innings. The sophomore rung up a career-high nine strikeouts and improved to 2-0 with the victory. Persich finished 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base.

The Knights scored a pair of runs in the first inning on an LBC error and pushed two more across in the third on RBI singles from Napoli and first-year Abbey Whitney. First-year infielder Kate Luchowski recorded her first career hit with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead to 5-0.

Geneseo moves to 2-2 on the season and will return to action on Monday with games against Bethany (W.V.) and Framingham State.