Softball Splits Doubleheader with Keuka

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo first-year pitcher Ashlyn Kersch struck out a career-high 10 batters in a game one loss, 6-1, while sophomore pitcher Taylor Moore scattered six hits for just one earned run in game two to lead the Knights (14-6) to a 4-1 win and a split with Keuka College Wednesday.

Sophomore infielder Kylie Papagelos went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot while first-year Abbey Whitney recorded a pair of hits. Junior infielder Julia Lalka had the Knights' only extra-base hit of the game, a double in the fourth, and came around to score two batters later on an RBI groundout by junior Tori Fahie. Kersch fanned 11, but the Wolves tallied six runs (four earned) on 11 hits to take the victory.

Senior outfielder Alyssa Presutti, sophomore outfielder Danni Napoli and sophomore infielder Anna Merante recorded two hits apiece to lead the Knights in game two. The team jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Napoli poked a double down the left field line allowing Presutti to score all the way from first base.

Keuka tied the game in the fifth with an RBI triple and had a chance to take the lead, but first-year second baseman Brooke Wolff cut down the go-ahead run at the plate on a fielder's choice and Moore forced a pair of weak groundouts to end the inning. 

In the sixth, Napoli, Merante and first-year infielder Maddison Tucker each recorded RBI hits to put the Knights ahead 4-1. Moore shut the door on the Wolves in the seventh inning to close out the game and give Geneseo the win.

Geneseo will begin a 12-game road trip with a conference weekend, including a doubleheader at New Paltz, Friday (3 p.m. & 5 p.m.) and two games at Oneonta on Saturday, scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.