The softball team suffered a significant setback this past week, dropping five of six games, including three to conference opponents SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland on March 30 and 31, respectively.
Despite their struggles, the Knights started strongly, taking the opener against Oswego, 10-1. Junior Mary Bostwick tossed a one-hitter with two walks and seven strikeouts in the circle and junior Jane LePage went 2-3 with a double and three RBIs.
“We were pretty much in control of the game,” head coach Tony Ciccarello said. “We got clutch hits, we took advantage of their mistakes, we backed up the pitcher, we pretty much played the way we’re supposed to play.”
It was mostly downhill from there as Geneseo dropped the second game, 9-3 to the Lakers and was swept, convincingly, the next day by Cortland, losing two games by scores of 9-1 and 14-1.
The No. 15 ranked Red Dragons dominated almost every facet of play, compiling a total of 26 hits and 23 runs in the two games, aided by an additional five Geneseo errors.
“We made mental errors in the field on top of physical errors … We threw to wrong bases, we threw to uncovered bases; I think they got flustered,” Ciccarello said. “[Cortland is] a seasoned veteran team who has been to the big dance. They finished fourth in the country last year. They’re a great team. We’d have to play a perfect game to beat them and that’s what it is going to take for someone in our conference to beat them.”
A total of five Geneseo pitchers saw action against Cortland with the two starters, Bostwick and junior Alexa Salzman, taking the losses. Bostwick gave up seven earned runs in two and a third innings of work while Salzman gave up one earned in one and a third innings.
On April 4, the Knights again got swept, this time by the University of Rochester, 2-0 in the opener and 7-6 in the nightcap. After mustering little offense in the first game, sophomore Sam Trapasso belted two, two-run homeruns with five RBIs in the second game as the Knights’ comeback fell just short.
“I think some of it is between the ears a little bit. They’re pressing a little too much now because we haven’t been successful and it just gets worse,” Ciccarello said of the team’s struggles. “Since day one I’ve been talking about having a playground mentality. When I was growing up we would play on the playground and just have fun and use our ability. We didn’t think about things. We just played and reacted and we knew the game and that’s what I want them to do.”
Geneseo falls to 5-11 on the season and travels to SUNY Brockport on Saturday April 7.