POTSDAM, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo sophomore Emily Martin had four hits on the afternoon, running her hitting streak to nine games as the Knights' softball team split a doubleheader with Potsdam, Friday. Geneseo took the opener 3-1 behind the pitching of senior Mikayla Moore, but the host Bears rallied to take game two, 7-5. Geneseo's record stands at 10-12 overall and 3-3 in the SUNYAC.
Geneseo got on the board at the outset, with Persich scoring the Knights' first run without a hit. She got onboard via error, advanced to second on a balk, moved to third on a sacrifice fly and scored on another balk. First-year Danni Napoli followed with a solo home run, her team-leading third of the year, to give Geneseo the early 2-0 advantage.
The Knights added another tally in the second. Singles by seniors Phillips and Moore and Moore's stolen base put runners on second and third. Junior Taylor Knowles grounded out, earning the RBI as Phillips scored.
Potsdam got back one in the third to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Bears threatened in their next at-bat, with two runners on and one out, but Moore recorded the final two outs. She retired nine consecutive batters in the later innings before allowing a one-out single in the seventh, but closed out the win by striking out the last two Bears. Junior Abby Dennett played a strong defensive game at first base, digging a number of low throws out of the dirt for outs.
Moore (5-4) allowed one earned run on four hits, while walking two and striking out 10. Her strikeout total matched her season high, recorded twice in games against Transylvania and Norwich.
Game 2: Potsdam 7, Geneseo 5
Geneseo surrendered the most runs in a game this season as Potsdam rallied from a 5-1 deficit. It was only the third game this season the Knights have given up 10 or more hits in a game. Martin went three-for-four with a run and RBI and Persich had two hits as the pair accounted for five of Geneseo's nine hits.
The two teams equaled their offensive output from the first game in the initial inning of game two, although sloppy defense by both teams figured in the scoring. In the Knights' first frame, Persich and Martin opened with singles, and after advancing on a fielder's choice, a single by senior Cat Krok scored both due to an outfield error, with Krok ending up on third. From there she scored on an RBI ground out by Phillips.
Potsdam scored a unearned run in their first at-bat on a two-out triple and infield error. After another error and a walk, the Bears had the bases full but starter Taylor Moore recorded the third out to limit the damage.
Geneseo put two more on the board in the second to go up 5-1, with Persich and Martin again the catalysts. Both had base hits, with Martin recording a run-scoring single.
The Bears matched the output in the bottom of the inning, combining three hits and a Knight error to close to within 5-3. Potsdam could have narrowed the gap even further in the stanza, with one runner thrown out at the plate and again leaving the bases full with Moore catching the batter looking at a third strike.
In the bottom of the fourth with two Potsdam runners on and one out, Persich came on to pitch. Making her first mound appearance on the season, she retired the first hitter she faced but the Bears combined a single, walk and a wild pitch to knot the game at five.
Potsdam claimed the lead in the bottom of the fifth against Geneseo's third pitcher of the day, sophomore Olivia Furness, with a two-run home run to go up 7-5.
The Knights threatened in the sixth with a pair of base runners, but were unable to cut into the lead and went down in order in their last at-bat.
T. Moore went 3 1/3 innings and charged with five runs on seven hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. Persich worked 2/3 of an inning, allowing a walk and a hit. Furness (2-5) allowed three hits and runs, with one walk and two strikeouts in two innings.
Geneseo will finish the conference road trip with a pair of games against Plattsburgh on Saturday, April 16 starting at 12 p.m.