CLERMONT, FLA. - SUNY Geneseo junior infielder Kylie Papagelos and sophomore infielder Brooke Wolff each drove in three runs as the Knights earned an 11-2 victory over Suffolk and first-year outfielder Angela Van Pelt ripped a three-run double to propel the team to a 5-1 win over Dominican (Ill.).
- Junior pitcher Taylor Moore powered through the first three innings, before the Knights went ahead in the top of the fourth. Junior Anna Merante led off with a single and moved to third on a double by senior Claire VanNewkirk and came in to score on a fielder's choice. After a walk, Wolff drove in a run with a single to the left side and Papagelos followed with a two-run double, putting the team ahead 4-0.
- Suffolk responded with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Knights tacked on six more runs in the top of the fifth. Geneseo capitalized on a pair of Suffolk errors, adding four hits, including a two-run single by Wolff, and RBI doubles from Papagelos and junior Danni Napoli, to take an 11-2 lead. Moore retired the Rams in the bottom of the inning as the Knights earned the five-inning run-rule victory.
- Sophomore pitcher Ashlyn Kersch earned the complete-game victory, limiting the Stars to one run on five hits. The Knights plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, when first-year Melissa Triolo drove in sophomore Hannah Elmer with a single and Van Pelt unloaded the bases with a three-run double to the right field fence.
- The Stars scored a run in the top of the fifth, but Geneseo added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. First-year Samantha Seeger ripped a double down the left-field line and came home to score on a Dominican error to make it 5-1. Kersch recorded the final three outs in the top of the seventh inning to close out the game.
- Geneseo has won four consecutive season-openers and begins the season 2-0 for the second time in three years.
- Wolff went 3-for-3 in game one, as the Knights recorded 11 hits.
- Moore and Kersch combined to strike out eight batters, allowing just two earned runs on the day.
The Knights will face Gordon at 10:00 a.m. and then play Concordia-Wisconsin in game two, beginning immediately after.