Softball Outlasts Potsdam For Doubleheader Sweep

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior infielder Abby Dennett drove in four runs to pace the Knights' offense as they earned a pair of wins over State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) opponent Potsdam on Monday. Geneseo (12-5, 4-2 SUNYAC) won game one, 6-5, in 10 innings, and took game two, 9-2.

The Knights needed extra innings to take down the Bears, coming back from three seperate deficits to earn the victory. Sophomore outfielder Alyssa Persich, senior outfielder Alyssa Presutti and sophomore infielder Anna Merante each gathered two hits in the game. 

Potsdam scored three runs in the top of the first, but Geneseo responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Persich and Presutti led off with back-to-back singles and sophomore outfielder Danni Napoli took a pitch to the arm to load the bases for Merante, who singled through the left side to plate a run. Three batters later, Dennett drew a bases loaded walk to score another, making it 3-2. Geneseo tied the game in the second inning on another Merante RBI single, driving home sophomore catcher Taylor Fedor.

In the fifth, Potsdam scored a run on a pair of hits to take the lead, but the Knights responded to tie it up again in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-4. The score held after seven innings sending the game to extras. In the ninth, Geneseo allowed a run on a throwing error, falling behind 5-4, but Dennett came to bat in the bottom of the frame with two down and a runner on third and tied the game with a clutch single up the middle. The Knights added a run in the tenth inning on a Potsdam error to earn their third walk-off win of the season.

The Geneseo offense jumped on the Bears in game two, plating nine runs on 13 hits for the victory. First-year infielder Brooke Wolff finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored while six Knights recorded at least one RBI. 

The Knights scored two runs in the first, capped by a Merante RBI double, and one more in the second on a productive out by junior infielder Tori Fahie to take a 3-0 lead. Geneseo put together five hits and capitalized on three Potsdam errors to add five more runs in the fourth inning, taking an 8-1 lead. Napoli and first-year infielder Maddison Tucker each had RBI singles in the rally. Dennett tacked on an RBI single in the sixth to extend the Knights' lead as Kersch shut down the Bears, recording seven strikeouts while allowing just one earned run on four hits for the win. 

Geneseo will play four more games over the next two days, traveling to Alfred State for a doubleheader on Tuesday before returning home to host Keuka, Wednesday.