Softball improves to 8-4 in SUNYAC

The Geneseo women's softball team stayed busy this week, playing a string of six games, first away at Rochester and Morrisville and then in a home series against Brockport.

The Lady Knights won three of the six games and improved their record to 8-4 in SUNYAC play.

On Friday, Geneseo lost an eight-inning pitchers' duel with a final score of 1-0. Rochester scored their only run with a series of singles in the eighth inning and proceeded to beat Geneseo 13-4 in the second game.

Despite coming out on the losing end in both games, the Lady Knights showed determination and the ability to keep up with high-ranked opponents.

"I was very proud of my players going toe to toe with a nationally ranked team," said head coach Tony Ciccarello. "When we play our game, we can compete with anybody."

Going into Saturday's games against Morrisville, Geneseo's overall goal was to come out with a sweep, and they did so in impressive fashion.

The team won their first game in a blowout, 13-3. They then proceeded to put the second game out of reach with two runs in the seventh inning, winning 6-2.

In the second game, freshman Alisa Kotash came off the bench to knock in an RBI single and score in a tight situation. "She really came through for us," said Ciccarello.

The Lady Knights continued their winning streak in Brockport Tuesday, beating the Eagles 4-2 before falling with a 2-10 loss in the second game.

Sophomore Megan Pogemiller led the way for the Lady Knights driving in three of the four runs and providing a solid defense at first base. "She had great day and a great game," said Ciccarello. "She happened to get up with runners in scoring position and she came through."

Junior Katie Holm also came through with some spectacular plays in the outfield, adding on to an already impressive season.

"She's having a great year both offensively and defensively," said Ciccarello of Holm. "She's really stepping it up; she has come a long way since her freshman year."

Brockport responded in the second game, holding the Lady Knights hitless into the sixth inning and Geneseo didn't help things with five errors overall. "We have to play our game and we can't be making mistakes - that's the biggest thing," said Ciccarello.

The Lady Knights continue their journey to the SUNYAC tournament with a home game this Friday against Cortland and another Saturday at home against Union.