Softball Splits SUNYAC Doubleheader With New Paltz

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore outfielder Danni Napoli finished the day with four hits and first-year pitcher Ashlyn Kersch twirled a shutout as the Knights split a doubleheader with State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) foe New Paltz, taking a loss in game one, 3-1, but bouncing back with a shutout win in game two, 4-0.

Napoli led the offense with a pair of extra-base hits, including a solo home run to provide the Knights' only offense. The Hawks put up three runs on four hits in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead, but sophomore pitcher Taylor Moore held them scoreless the rest of the game. The Geneseo offense finished with eight hits, but stranded eight runners as the team fell in game one.

Kersch tossed a complete-game shutout as the Knights rebounded with a win in game two, limiting the Hawks to just three hits and one walk while striking out four to earn the win.

Geneseo got on the board in the second inning, loading the bases with two hits and a walk. First-year Brooke Wolff came home to score on a wild pitch, putting the team ahead 1-0. Wolff scored another run in the fourth, reaching on an infield single and coming around to score on an RBI double by senior infielder Abby Dennett. The Knights added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth when junior infielder Julia Lalka and sophomore outfielder Alyssa Persich each knocked RBI singles to put the visitors ahead 4-0. Kersch retired the final eight Hawks she faced to close out the game and earn the victory. 

Geneseo will continue their road trip with a twinbill at conference foe Oneonta on Saturday. The start of the doubleheader has been moved up from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. in order to avoid forecasted rain late in the afternoon.