Monday, September 27, 2010

MAAC Players---Jodi Petersen, Iona

The MAAC has been blessed in recent years with an influx of great young players who have come to the conference and contributed immediately. Iona's Jodi Petersen has proved to be a clutch player of the top rank during her freshman season.
The scenario:
Iona vs. Niagara in the opening game of the 2010 MAAC Championship, bottom of the 9th inning of a tight 1-1 struggle. With 2 outs, the Gaels' Jodi Petersen steps into a pitch and sends a towering fly ball over the left field fence and gives her team the win completing a comeback. Jodi was 3 for 4 in that pitcher's duel and Iona went on to win the MAAC, but without that crucial hit, who knows?

That homer by Jodi wasn't surprising, she's the kind of player a coach wants up in that situation. Jodi came out of King High School and the OC Elite ready to play by the time she landed in New Rochelle. She had a fabulous freshman season, hitting for a .345 average with 8 home runs and 30 RBIs. She was honored for her accomplishments with the MAAC Rookie Of The Year award as well as being named First Team All-MAAC.

Jodi Petersen will be stepping up to the plate when others fear to tread for three more seasons!

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