Softball splits SUNYAC opening weekend

The Geneseo softball team snapped a six-game slide, sweeping SUNY Potsdam in the first weekend of SUNYAC play.

On Saturday March 30, the Knights tallied twice as many hits as the visiting Bears, collecting 22 over the combined doubleheader.

In the first game, Geneseo defeated Potsdam 9-1 in five innings. Sophomore Kayleigh Blersch led the Knights going 3-3 including a double with three RBIs and one run.

Sophomore Ashley Fillmore and freshman Mikayla Moore supported the offense with a pair of hits apiece. Fillmore smashed a two-run homer – her first of the season – and an RBI double, while Moore tallied two doubles.

Senior co-captain Katie Gallagher took the win on the mound, allowing four hits in five innings.

The Knights proved their dominance in the nightcap with a 10-2 victory in six innings.

Senior Lexi Williams collected her third homer of the season – her 10th career – bringing in four runs for Geneseo throughout the game. Williams, in addition to Fillmore, first-year Samantha Brown and senior co-captain Jessica Steubing each had a pair of hits.

With the wins, the Knights are one of three teams at 2-2 in conference play, behind SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Brockport with perfect 4-0 records.

“There was no doubt that we needed those wins,” interim head coach Dave Sylvester said. “We could not afford to lose even one of those.”

The day before, Geneseo hosted 2012 SUNYAC champions SUNY Plattsburgh in its first conference doubleheader of the season.

This daunting level of competition as No. 25 in the nation, however, did not seem to affect the Knights’ attitude before or during the doubleheader.

“There’s much less emphasis placed on who we’re playing,” Gallagher said.

Junior Sam Trapasso added that teams are equal, especially without SUNY Cortland at the top.

“We can beat anyone,” she said.

The confident attitude did not prove to be enough, as the Knights dropped a 6-1 decision in the first game and 5-4 in the second.

Senior hurler Ashley Marshall held the Knights to two hits, one earned run and zero walks in the first game. Marshall also tossed eight strikeouts.

Marshall relieved freshman Samantha Moss in the nightcap, striking out six and allowing seven hits. Marshall improved her record to 8-2 on the mound.

Brown accounted for four of the 10 hits against the Cardinals, bringing in two runs for the Knights.

The Knights travel to the University of Rochester on Thursday April 4 before hosting Brockport on Saturday April 6 as part of Geneseo’s annual breast cancer game. This year will honor the late former Buffalo State College head coach Sandy Hollander who suffered from cancer. All proceeds from each breast cancer game by the different SUNY softball teams will be donated to the American Cancer Society on behalf of SUNYAC.