Napoli Named SUNYAC Player of the Year to Lead Four Knights Selected As SUNYAC All-Stars

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior outfielder Danni Napoli was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Player of the Year and was one of four Knights to earn All-SUNYAC honors, announced by the conference Wednesday. Napoli and junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch were selected All-SUNYAC First Team while junior infielder Brooke Wolff and junior outfielder Hannah Elmer earned second team honors. 

Napoli batted .382, recording 50 hits on the season, including a .481 batting average in conference play, as she led the Knights with 38 runs scored, hit a team-high 14 doubles and seven home runs, drove in 38 RBI and slugged .664. She became the Knights' all-time home run leader, hitting her 19th career long ball on April 6, and has since increased her program-best total to 23 homers. Napoli becomes just the second player in Geneseo history to be named SUNYAC Player of the Year (Sarah Taub, 2002) and the second Knight to be a four-time All-SUNYAC selection (Taub, 00-03). 

Kersch was named First Team All-SUNYAC after leading the Knights in wins, ERA and innings pitched. She posted a 14-3 record, hurling her way to a 1.78 ERA over 110.1 innings pitched. She allowed just 85 hits and struck out 78 batters. In the SUNYAC Tournament, Kersch recorded the Knights' first no-hitter since the 2016 season and first seven-inning no-hitter since 2015, blanking Oswego, 5-0. 

Wolff earned second team all-conference after starting at shortstop in 42 of the Knights' 43 games this season. With 139 total chances, Wolff made just three errors for a .978 fielding percentage, including a .981 fielding percentage in conference play. She batted .283 with five doubles and four triples while scoring 21 runs and driving in 14. 

Elmer earned second team honors as well after she led the team with a .423 batting average and a .692 slugging percentage. Elmer slugged seven home runs, and drove in 41 RBI, the most RBI in a season by a Knight since Sam Trapasso drove in 45 in 2013. With 55 hits this season, Elmer ranks tied for sixth in all-time program history.

The Knights continue their season with an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will travel to Crestview Hills, Kentucky to face Dickinson (Pa.) in the opening game of the NCAA Regional on Friday at 2:00 p.m.