Two former star athletes at Western New York high schools got a glimpse of the national television spotlight Sunday.
Corinn Genovese of East Amherst (Williamsville North) saw her softball career end with a 10-6 loss at UCLA in the NCAA Super Regionals on ESPNU. Senior Zach Lauricella (Clarence) will play on after helping St. John’s to an 8-7 victory over Creighton in the championship game of the Big East playoffs in Omaha, Neb., clinching an automatic berth in the NCAA baseball tournament.
Genovese, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a junior, went 0 for 3 Sunday after she was 2 for 4 in the series opener, but got an RBI by drawing a base-loaded walk in the sixth inning as Mizzou dropped its second straight game to the Bruins in their best-of-three series.
Mizzou’s cleanup hitter and shortstop, Genovese played in all 58 of the Tigers’ games. She finished the season with a .312 batting average with 49 hits in 157 at-bats. She struck out only nine times.
Lauricella, a designated hitter and right fielder for the Red Storm, drove in three runs with a triple and scored himself as St. John’s held off host Creighton. Lauricella went 2 for 5 in the game to raise his batting average to .326 and the RBIs gave him a team-leading 44 in 51 games. The Red Storm will learn Monday who it will face and where it will play next weekend in the NCAA Regionals.