Softball Clinches SUNYAC Tournament Berth with Sweep at Cortland

CORTLAND, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior pitcher Taylor Moore and sophomore pitcher Ashlyn Kersch combined to shut down the Cortland bats as the Knights earned a pair of crucial wins over the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) rival Red Dragons, 1-0 and 4-3, to clinch a SUNYAC Tournament berth. 

GAME ONE

  • Moore threw a complete-game shutout, limiting Cortland to just five hits and one walk. The Knights got out of a jam in the second as the Red Dragons had runners on the corners and one out. Moore forced a 6-3-4-2 double play to neutralize the threat and keep the hosts off the board.
  • In the top of the sixth inning, junior infielder Anna Merante drew a walk to put the go-ahead runner on base. Two batters later, junior catcher Taylor Fedor drove in sophomore Kate Luchowski to put the team on the board. 
  • Moore retired six of the final seven batters she faced to close out the game and earn the victory. 

GAME TWO

  • Geneseo fell behind, 2-0, as Cortland scored single runs in each of the first two innings, but junior outfielder Alyssa Persich poked a two-run home run to tie the game in the top of the third. 
  • The Knights took a 4-2 lead with two runs in the fourth inning, including an RBI single by junior outfielder Danni Napoli
  • Cortland scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth, and threatened to tie in the seventh, but Kersch shut the door with a strikeout and groundout to earn the win.

QUICK FACTS 

  • The Knights improve to 21-5, including a 10-2 mark in the SUNYAC to take first place in the conference standings and clinch a playoff berth. 
  • The team has matched its win total from last season with eight games remaining in the regular season. 
  • Geneseo improves to 7-2 in one-run games this season, including five conference victories. 
  • Moore earned her 27th career win to move into 10th in program history, and just one win behind her sister, Mikayla Moore '16, who earned 28 wins in her career. 

WHAT'S NEXT?

Geneseo will take on New Paltz in a SUNYAC doubleheader on Monday at 12:00 p.m.