Monday, March 28, 2011
Iona Splits Home Opener
Jodi Petersen (pictured) hit 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs in the second game of the doubleheader against Harvard to lead the Iona Gaels to a split Sunday in New Rochelle, NY.
The Gaels opened their home schedule at the Rice Oval with a pair of games against Ivy League Harvard, their first game action since coming home from Hawai'i. Sarah Jackson started game one for Iona, and held the Crimson hitless through the first 4 1/3 innings. She finished the game with 9 strikeouts. However, the Gaels continued to struggle at the plate, and the game was still scoreless entering the 7th inning. Sarah retired the first 2 Harvard batters in the 7th when the troubles began. A grounder to shortstop Deanne Algeo, which would have ended the inning, was booted by her and Harvard had life with a runner on 1st base. The Crimson continued the inning with consecutive singles that loaded the bases. Harvard's pinch hitter Mari Zumbro then shocked the Gaels by hitting a Sarah Jackson pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam home run that gave the Crimson a 4-0 lead. Deanne Algeo hit a solo homer in the bottom of the inning, but the Gaels fell to Harvard, 4-1.
Harvard took the early 1-0 lead in the second game, scoring a run without a hit in the 1st inning after Iona starter Alyssa Maiese hit a batter and threw a wild pitch; this resulted in a run being scored on a fielder's choice. The Gaels finally broke through with some offense in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Alyssa Maiese and Courtney Duncan opened the inning with consecutive walks; a Katie Jansson single then loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored Alyssa, then Allyssa James drove home Courtney to give the Gaels the lead. A 2 out Jodi Petersen single scored another run for a 3-1 Iona lead. Harvard tied the game up with a pair of runs in the 3rd inning; but the Gaels regained the lead for good in the 4th inning thanks to a Jodi Petersen 2 run double, and Deanne Algeo RBI single. Allyssa James in the 5th inning, and Alyssa Maiese in the 6th inning added RBI hits to seal the victory. Alyssa Maiese struck out 9 to earn her 2nd win of the season, helping her own cause with a 3 for 3 performance at the plate.
The Gaels are at Hofstra Tuesday for a single game.