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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2010 MAAC Preview---Iona College


2009 Finish: 8th place
Departed Players: 7

Returning Players:
Melanie Gettins (.316 BA)
Erin Kyle (.277 BA)
Melanie Hay (.215 BA)
Courtney Christie (.212 BA)
Allyssa James (.261 BA)
Chelsea Sheehan (.256)
Deanne Algeo (.146BA; 3-12; 5.27 ERA)
Tierney Markou (.000 BA)
Sarah Jackson (10-11; 1.62 ERA)

Incoming Players:
Tessa Earley (SS, Transfer)
Allysa Maiese (P, Transfer)
Cari Anderson (C)
Beth Kann (UT)
Eileen McCann (P)
Amy Metcalfe (UT)
Marisa Newman (IF)
Jody Peterson (OF)

The Gaels of Iona College lost 7 players from last season, and none of them were seniors. In fact, 6 of them were freshmen. Apparently third year coach Jamie Wohlbach has decided to make a clean start, bringing in 6 freshmen and 2 transfers for this season. Fortunately for the Gaels, one of the freshmen who was retained was pitcher Sarah Jackson. Sarah had a great 2009, with a 1.62 ERA, but did not get much offensive support. I'm guessing Coach Wohlbach made her wholesale changes to correct that situation, and if she does Iona can make some noise in the MAAC this season. Iona was 3rd in the conference in batting average in 2009 (.249), but 8th in runs scored and stolen bases.

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