Seniors Lead the Way as Softball Sweeps Potsdam, 9-6, 3-1

GENESEO, N.Y.- Senior Jami Cohen reached base six times on the day, going four-for-four with two walks, two doubles and two RBI, while classmate Ashley Fillmore had three hits and four RBI in the two games, leading the Geneseo softball team to 9-6, 3-1 wins against Potsdam on Senior Day Saturday. The Knights posted their 14th consecutive victory, improving their record to 18-9, 9-3 in the SUNYAC. The team closed out its home schedule by winning its 13th game game against only one defeat at Raschi Field.

Game 1: Geneseo 9, Potsdam 6

Junior Courtney Budynas went three-for-three with three RBI and senior Corrin Spallone won her 11th game in the opener. Cohen had two doubles, while first-year Tori Fahie added a pinch-hit two-run base hit to help the Knights rally from a 3-0 deficit.

After Potsdam (3-22, 0-14) put up three in the first inning, Geneseo tied the game in the second. First-year Emily Martin worked a walk to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a sacrifice and a ground out. With two outs, Cohen doubled off the base of the left-field wall to score Martin. A Fillmore single and a walk to senior Sami Brown loaded the bases for Budynas, who singled up the middle to score two and tie the game 3-3.

The Knights plated three in the fourth to take the lead. With sophomore Abby Dennett on board after an error, Cohen doubled to right center, advancing Dennett to third. Fillmore followed with another double, scoring two. Fillmore advanced to third on a Brown sacrifice and when Budynas was hit by a pitch, the Knights had runners at the corners with two out. Working the double steal, Budynas took off for second, and avoided being tagged out long enough for Fillmore to score from third.

Geneseo tacked on another pair in the fifth to take a 8-3 lead, again scoring after two out. With junior Jenna Phillips and Dennett on second and third via base hits, Fahie hit a two-run pinch-hit single up the middle past the diving Potsdam second baseman.

After Potsdam closed the gap to 8-6 with three in the top of the sixth, Budynas scored the final run of the opener with a home run off the scoreboard in left field in the bottom of the inning, her team-leading fourth of the season.

Spallone (11-4) gave up six runs, all unearned, on eight hits, while walking one and striking out eight. After the rocky first inning, she retired 12 straight batters from the second inning through the sixth.

Game 2: Geneseo 3, Potsdam 1

Phillips and senior Kayleigh Blersch each had two base hits, while Cohen and Fillmore had RBI hits in support of junior Mikayla Moore's one-run pitching performance.

The Knights again had to come from behind. The Bears scored the first run of the game in the top of the fifth on a perfectly-executed suicide squeeze.

After stranding nine runners in the first four innings, including bases loaded in the first and the fourth, Geneseo finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, consecutive singles by Phillips, junior Cat Krok and Dennett loaded the bases. After the Bears recorded an out, Cohen drew a full-count walk, scoring a run, and Fillmore followed with a line drive single to right center, providing the final 3-1 margin.

Moore (6-3) allowed one run on eight hits, striking out three and walking none. She stranded six runners in the game, working out of jams in the second, third and fourth innings.

Prior to the game, seniors Brown, Blersch, Cohen, Fillmore, Katie Muller and Spallone were recognized for their contributions to the Geneseo softball program.

The Knights will travel to Buffalo St. on Sunday to face the Bengals in a key SUNYAC matchup. This is a doubleheader rescheduled from March 28.