Saturday, March 5, 2011
Gaels Drop Two In Baltimore
Alyssa Maiese (pictured) hit a pair of homers Saturday, but the Iona Gaels fell just short in two comeback attempts at the Retriever Classic in Baltimore, MD.
Even the best have their off days, and Saturday was one of those days for Iona pitcher Sarah Jackson. Her game against Princeton started in typical fashion with the Tigers going down quickly the first two innings. But over the next three innings they would score 6 runs, 5 of them earned, off the 2010 MAAC Pitcher Of The Year. The big hurt happened in the 4th inning when Princeton's Tory Roberts hit a grand slam home run over the left field fence. Down 6-0, the Gaels however staged a dramatic comeback, scoring 6 times in the final 2 innings to tie the score. In the 6th, a Melanie Gettins double and an Alyssa Maiese 2 run homer cut the Princeton lead in half. Katie Jansson doubled to open the 7th inning, and would score on a Jodi Petersen sacrifice fly. Down to their last out, the Gaels tied the game when senior Melanie Gettins singled home two runs. She had 3 RBIs for the game. Princeton won in a walk off in the bottom of the inning on a one out single. Deanne Algeo, who had come on in relief, took the loss.
Iona jumped to a quick 2-0 lead against Mount St. Mary's off an Alyssa Maiese 2 run homer in the 1st inning. Mount St. Mary's hit a solo homer in the 2nd inning off Alyssa, who started in the circle this game for the Gaels. The big inning for the Mountaineers was the 5th. Erin Leedy hit a 2 out, 3 run homer that had been aided by a walk and hit batsman. The Mount went up 4-2 as a result. Iona did not go down quietly however. Jodi Petersen hit a solo homer in the 7th inning to cut the score to 4-3. The Gaels did get a pair of base runners on after that, but could not get them home. Tough day for Iona, but they showed the sign of the Champion by never giving up and fighting to the bitter end.
Eileen McCann did not play in either game for Iona; I do not know the reason why. Iona is scheduled to play host UMBC and Liberty Sunday at the Retriever Classic.