The Geneseo Lady Knights softball team swept an exciting doubleheader last weekend against the Plattsburgh Cardinals to improve to a record of 5-3 in SUNYAC play.
Pitching and defense were significant factors in the victories over Plattsburg as the Lady Knights won two low-scoring games 2-1 and 4-3.
The first game was a thriller that ended with Geneseo pulling out the victory in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Lady Knights were ahead 1-0 in the top of the seventh but Plattsburgh tied the game when a runner made it home on a wild pitch. Sophomore Sam Guarrera pulled through in driving home the winning run on a base hit in the bottom of the inning to give Geneseo the victory.
Sophomore Janine Montera picked up the win on the mound for Geneseo holding Plattsburgh to just two hits in the game. Head coach Tony Ciccarello said he was proud of the way the team played. "The team has a really important element: heart … They play with a lot of desire," he said.
In the second game, the Knights got out to a 4-1 lead after the second inning, which propelled them to the 4-3 victory. Geneseo had another great pitching performance, this time from senior Kerry Kuhn who struck out six while only walking one batter in picking up the win.
In the big three-run second inning for the Lady Knights, freshman KK Schaus had a big two-RBI single, and later scored her second run of the game on a double by junior Katie Holm. Kuhn was tested during a fifth inning rally from Plattsburgh, who scored two runs to cut the lead to one, but was able to limit the damage with a strikeout to get out of the jam.
"We got big hits when we needed them and a lot of groundball outs," Ciccarello said of the second game. "The defense made the plays."
Playing close games like these is nothing new to the Lady Knights. According to Ciccarello, "That's how they've played all year. [It] definitely builds confidence … and it feeds into how they refuse to lose or give up." Ciccarello said he was very impressed with the way the team played last weekend, saying "kudos to the players" for their team effort.
The Lady Knights will look to keep their momentum going as they hit the road this weekend at Rochester on Friday and at Morrisville on Saturday.
A doubleheader scheduled against Potsdam was postponed until April 19 due to a rain delay.