Softball Splits SUNYAC Twinbill With Cortland With 3-2 Win, 8-3 Loss

GENESEO, N.Y. – The SUNY Geneseo softball team split a doubleheader with visiting Cortland in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) action, Saturday. The Knights earned a 3-2 victory in the opener on a walk-off double by senior right fielder Alyssa Presutti, but fell, 8-3, in a game-two decision that eliminated the Knights from postseason contention. 

Sophomore left fielder Danni Napoli went 3-for-3 including a two-run home run while senior pitcher Alexis Kidder (6-3) scattered nine hits to earn the complete-game decision to lead the Knights to victory in the opener. 

Geneseo brought the first two runs of the game across in the bottom of the third inning. First-year second baseman Brooke Wolff led things off, battling back from an 0-2 count to knock a 3-2 pitch up the middle before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Presutti. Napoli followed with her fifth round-tripper of the season, lofting a ball over the left field fence for the 2-0 lead. 

Cortland plated two runs in the top of the seventh inning after junior left fielder Skyler Hoyt led off with a double and pinch runner Amber Rice advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore pitcher Sam Van Dorn laced an RBI single to left field before senior right fielder Niki Barbato brought around first-year pinch runner Ericka Sadowski with a two-out single to left to knot the score. 

In the bottom half of the inning, sophomore catcher Taylor Fedor reached on bobbled ground ball by the Red Dragon shortstop and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wolff. After first-year Ashlyn Kersch came on to pich run for Fedor, Presutti brought her around with a double to right field to plate the winning run.

Geneseo celebrated its four members of the Class of 2017 - Abby Dennett, Taylor Knowles, Kidder and Presutti - in a pre-game Senior Day ceremony.  

Sophomore center fielder Alyssa Persich finished 2-for-3  while Presutti ended up 2-for-4, but it was Cortland scoring decisive three-run innings in the first and the sixth en route to the victory. 

Red Dragon senior first baseman Mikayla Shade went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the third inning and also plated a run in the first to lead the offense. Jnior shortstop Andrea Shoonmaker went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored three times in the game. 

Geneseo scored a pair of unearned runs in the third inning on three Cortland errors. The Knights brought one more around in the sixth inning after junior Julia Lalka hit an RBI ground out with runners on second and third. 

Kersch (5-5) took the loss, giving up five earned runs on seven hits over seven innings of work.