Softball Ready To Continue Postseason Run at Trine

UPDATE (Thursday 6PM): Due to an inclement weather forecast, Friday's game time has been moved up to 12:00 PM. 

GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo softball team will compete in the NCAA Division III Super Regionals for the first time in program history, traveling to Angola, Ind. to face Trine in a best 2-of-3 series for a chance to advance to the NCAA Division III Softball Championships. The Knights face the Thunder in game one on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and again in game two on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with game three to immediately follow, if necessary. 

SUNY Geneseo takes on host Trine in the NCAA Division III Softball Super Regional in Angola, Ind. on Friday and Saturday. The Knights earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after posting their second-consecutive 30-win season and reaching the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship game for the second-straight season. Geneseo advanced out of the Thomas More Regional, defeating the 12th-ranked hosts, 3-0 and 5-4 in back-to-back games on Sunday to earn their first-ever NCAA Super Regional berth. Trine received an at-large bid out of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), posting a 30-6 regular season record before sweeping through the DePauw Regional, including 17-4 and 1-0 victories over the host Tigers.
Geneseo has made two previous trips to the NCAA Tournament, earning a SUNYAC Championship and automatic bid last season and in 2002. Last year, Geneseo defeated Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.), 4-0, behind a shutout from current senior pitcher Taylor Moore, defeated host St. John Fisher, 2-0, but then fell in back-to-back games to the Cardinals, 8-4 and 7-1. In 2002, the Knights defeated Manhattanville in the NCAA Regional opener, fell to host Ithaca in their second game and defeated King's College (Pa.) in the third game. Geneseo never had an opportunity to play Ithaca for a Regional title as rain knocked out the rest of the weekend and Ithaca advanced to the College World Series based on their head-to-head win over the Knights. Ithaca went on to win the National Championship that year.
The Knights held opponents in their five NCAA Regional games to a .171 batting average. Senior outfielder Danni Napoli led the team with a .313 batting average, with three doubles an RBI and two runs scored. Junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch lifted a pair of solo home runs and scored five times while junior infielder Brooke Wolff and junior outfielder Hannah Elmer each homered once and senior outfielder Alyssa Persich drove in a team-high three RBI.
Geneseo placed four players on the SUNYAC All-Conference teams, led by senior outfielder Danni Napoli, who was voted SUNYAC Player of the Year. Junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch was named first team All-SUNYAC while junior outfielder Hannah Elmer and junior infielder Brooke Wolff were second team selections.
Senior catcher Taylor Fedor has been the Knights' primary catcher for the past four seasons. Fedor has committed just 15 errors on 736 total chances for a .980 career fielding percentage. She has also thrown out a total of 23 runners attempting to steal, including five runners caught stealing out of 14 this year.
With a 2.34 ERA, the Geneseo pitching staff ranks 42nd in the country, combining for 14 shutouts this season. Junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch leads the team with a 1.69 ERA while senior pitcher Jasmine Petrishin holds a 2.56 ERA and senior pitcher Taylor Moore has tossed a 3.58 ERA. Kersch leads the team with 88 strikeouts and has walked just 31 batters. 
Senior outfielder Danni Napoli was named SUNYAC Player of the Year and was selected to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team. She ranks first all-time in Geneseo history with 23 career home runs including seven this season. Her .381 batting average ranks seventh in program history while her 180 career hits place her fourth. She ranks third all-time in runs (125), second in doubles (42) and seventh with 101 career RBI.
Geneseo has hit 82 doubles this season, just one shy of the program-record, led by senior outfielder Danni Napoli, whose 17 doubles are tied for the most in program history. The Knights have recorded 118 extra-base hits this season, three shy of the program record. 
Geneseo has driven in 232 runs on the season, including 68 RBI with two outs. Junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch and junior outfielder Hannah Elmer share the team lead with nine two-out RBI apiece, while senior outfielder Danni Napoli has recorded eight and infielder Kylie Papagelos has seven. The Knights are batting .278 with two out this season, led by Elmer with a .405 clip (17-for-42) and and senior outfielder Alyssa Persich (.400, 20-for-50). 
Geneseo has compiled a .309 batting average with runners in scoring position (RISP), led by junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch (20-for-41, .488) who has driven in 32 RBI this season. Elmer has a team-high 22 hits with RISP (.361) while Napoli has 19 (.413) and senior outfielder Alyssa Persich has 15 (.349). 
In two rounds of NCAA Tournament play, Geneseo has had the longest road, literally. The Knights traveled 496 miles to Crestview Hills, Ky. to play in the Thomas More Regional, 496 miles back to Geneseo and now travel 423 miles to compete at Trine University in Angola, Ind., commuting by bus on both trips. With 1,415 miles of travel under their belts, the Knights have covered the most ground by bus of any remaining team in the NCAA Tournament Of the remaining 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament, only Texas Lutheran has traveled more miles, logging 2,809, however TLU will fly into their Super-Regional at Linfield (2,145 miles) this weekend. 
Senior pitcher Jasmine Petrishin has made five postseason pitching appearances, including one start, twirling a total of 8.1 innings pitched without allowing an earned run. She has given up two unearned runs with just six hits and three walks while recording five strikeouts in that span.
The Knights have outscored opponents 37-6 in the first inning of games and 133-39 in the first three innings combined this season while outscoring opponents, 262-124, overall. Geneseo holds a 29-3 record when it scores first and are 26-1 when leading after six innings.
With a 37-11 mark this season, the Knights have posted the most wins in program history. The team has recorded 30 victories for just the fifth time in program history and in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever after posting a 32-9 record last spring. The Knights went 36-5 in 2002 and finished 31-7 in 1998.
Junior pitcher Ashlyn Kersch has led the Knights pitching staff this season with an 18-3 mark from the circle and a 1.69 ERA. In three seasons, Kersch has compiled a 1.93 career ERA with a 37-12 mark and two saves in 326.2 innings pitched. She ranks tied for eighth in program history in innings pitched, fourth in career ERA, third in career win percentage and fourth in shutouts (13). She posted four pitching victories in the NCAA Regional, allowing four earned runs over 23.2 innings for a 1.18 ERA and was named NCAA Regional MVP. On May 2, she threw the Knights' first no-hitter since 2016 and the program's first seven-inning no-hitter since 2015 as she led the team to a 5-0 victory over Oswego in the SUNYAC Tournament opener.