CORTLAND, N.Y.– SUNY Geneseo sophomore Emily Martin had a pair of hits, including a two-run home run, but the Knights fell short against Buffalo St. in the SUNYAC Tournament, 5-2, Saturday. The loss, Geneseo's second in the championships, eliminated the third-seeded Knights.
Buffalo St., the tournament's sixth seed, have won three consecutive games after dropping its opener against Cortland. The Bengals will face unbeaten Cortland tomorrow and have to defeat the Red Dragons twice to claim the conference title.
The Knights had base runners in both of their first two at-bats, but each inning ended with a line-drive double play. Geneseo senior starter Mikayla Moore, making her fourth start of the tournament, held the Bengals off the board through four, allowing only a walk and single. In the fifth, Buffalo St. scored three two-out runs on two hits and two errors to take a 3-0 lead. Another pair of scores in the sixth, on three singles and a double, built the Bengal lead to 5-0.
With two outs in the sixth, first-year Alyssa Persich got on with an infield single and scored when Martin homered down the left-field line to cut the margin to 5-2. It was Martin's third home run of the season. However the Knights went down in order in the seventh.
Moore (11-8) went 5 1/3 innings, charged with four runs on five hits, walking two and striking out four. Junior Alexis Kidder went the final 1 2/3, giving up one run on two hits.
Martin and first-year Danni Napoli were named to the All-Tournament Team. Martin went 5-for-13 (.385) with hits in each of the Knights' four games, with two home runs and five RBI. Napoli went 5-for-11 (.455) with three runs, one home run and two RBI.
The Knights end the season at 25-17, winning 20 of their last 28 games after a 5-9 start. It's Geneseo's eighth consecutive winning season and the fourth year in the last five that the Knights have won 20-plus games. Napoli's eight home runs tied her for the second-best season total in Knights' history, while her .713 slugging percentage was fourth-best in a season for a Geneseo player and her .496 on-base percentage was sixth-best.