Needing to win to stay in contention for the Region III playoffs, the Genesee Community College softball team took both games of Friday afternoon's doubleheader against visiting Cayuga Community College, the first of three doubleheaders in three days for the Cougars.
Genesee jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning in game one after Karissa Schuster and Chelsey Ruzewski reached on back-to-back walks and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Taylor Gayton and an RBI ground out by Ashley Covel.
Covel did her job on the mound by keeping Cayuga in check, allowing just two hits through the first four innings to the Spartans.
Cayuga cut the GCC lead down to 2-1 with a run in the top of the fifth, but Genesee responded in the bottom of the inning with three runs. Ruzewski delivered another hit and scored her second run of the game and Gayton drove in her second run to put the Cougars in front 5-1.
Covel pitched around a one-out hit in the sixth to retire the Spartans without damage and Genesee scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth after three straight hits. Ruzewski and Gayton both singled and a bases clearing double from Covel gave GCC a 7-1 lead.
Covel set down Cayuga in order in the seventh and the 7-1 lead held for Genesee.
Ruzewski finished game one 2-3 with three runs scored, Gayton drove in two runs and scored twice and Courtney Staba went 2-2 with a run scored.
Covel threw all seven innings and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out five.
Andrea Pursel retired CCC in order in the top of the first and Genesee again jumped out to a lead in the home half of the inning. Seven of the first eight GCC batters reached base and the Cougars scored four times to take an early 4-0 lead.
Pursel kept Cayuga off the board until the fourth inning when the Spartans scored twice to get to within 6-2.
Pursel helped her own cause in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single that scored Covel to give GCC a 7-2 lead and the sophomore allowed just one run on one hit the rest of the way to help Genesee to a 7-3 win in game two.
Pursel earned the win on the mound throwing seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out three.
Covel and Gayton each collected a pair of hits and scored twice, Rachel VanDuser went 1-2 with a run scored and Pursel went 3-4 with three runs batted in.
Genesee will return to action at home tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Tompkins-Cortland Community College.