Sylvester Named SUNYAC Coach of the Year, Three Named All-SUNYAC


GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo softball head coach Dave Sylvester was named State University of New York Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, while junior outfielder Alyssa Persich, junior pitcher Taylor Moore and junior outfielder Danni Napoli each received all-conference honors, announced on Thursday. 

In his sixth year as head coach, Sylvester led the Knights to the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2002. After going 13-3 through regular season conference play, the Knights hosted the SUNYAC Tournament as the top seed and mowed through the competition, defeating Cortland, 5-1, in the final game to earn the team's first SUNYAC Championship since 2002. Under Sylvester's charge the Knights own the 18th-lowest ERA in NCAA Division III (1.91) and have held opponents to two or fewer runs in 22 of their 37 contests. 

Persich earned first-team honors after leading the Knights in batting average (.379), hits (44), runs scored (29) and triples (3). Persich drove in a career-high 18 runs, including a team-high six in the conference tournament, and was named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team. Persich reached the 100-hit threshold earlier this season and currently ranks tied for ninth in program history with 135 hits.

Moore was named to the all-conference second team after recording an 11-3 pitching record with one save and a 2.33 ERA. Moore allowed 31 earned runs over 93.1 innings pitched, and allowed the fewest walks (13) of any conference pitcher (min. 70 innings pitched). Moore ranks 10th in Geneseo history in innings pitched (252.0), tied for eighth in career wins (29), sixth in career ERA (2.42) and second in winning percentage (29-10, .744).

Napoli earned all-conference honors for the third-consecutive season, earning second team honors. Napoli hit .297 with 10 doubles, a triple and a home run, scoring 24 runs, driving in 13 and swiping a team-high seven bases. Napoli is currently tied for sixth in Geneseo program history with 13 career home runs and ranks sixth with a .391 career batting average.