Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
Paige Freiberger (pictured) tripled home game one's only run Sunday at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, NY.
In what may be a preview of things to come in the very near future, the top two teams in the MAAC tangled Sunday with first place on the line. Game one may have been the best MAAC game of the year. It was a pitcher's duel, between the Gaels' Sarah Jackson and the Golden Griffins' Caroline Main, both sophomores. It was a tense atmosphere as the game got underway, underscored by both Head Coaches getting into heated arguments with the umpires. Neither team wanted to give an inch. Both pitchers threw fantastic games, shutting down two powerful offenses. Caroline Main held the Gaels to 2 hits, one of them a triple by freshman Jodi Petersen who was left stranded on third in the 4th inning and was Iona's only threat. Caroline struck out 8 in the game.
Sarah Jackson pitched a great game also, allowing only 5 hits by the MAAC team batting leaders. But two of those hits cost her the game, and cost Iona first place in the conference. In the 6th inning, senior Michelle Fridey led off with a single to center field. She was followed by Paige Freiberger who lined a triple to right field scoring Michelle. Sarah limited the damage by stranding Paige on third base. Allyssa James got the Gaels' second hit of the game in the 7th inning, but the Gaels could not score. It was a great game, and possibly a foreshadowing of the MAAC Championship to be played on the same field beginning in 11 days.
A bit of the steam seemed to be taken out of the Gaels for game two, and the Griffs scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning to jump in front with Emily Helbig and Amanda Cannizzo RBIs. The Gaels did rally in the 4th inning, scoring twice with Eileen McCann driving home a run, but they ended the inning with the bases loaded after Erin Kyle was thrown out at home by shortstop Katie Lancellotti.
Both teams have now qualified for the tournament. Iona will be back at Canisius soon, and we should be seeing some great softball when that occurs. Canisius is now 12-2 in the MAAC; 30-15 overall. Iona is 11-3; 23-22.