Saturday, May 7, 2011
Gaels Sweep Siena; Clinch Spot In Tournament
Iona's sweep of Siena Saturday in Loudonville, NY clinched a spot in the tournament for the Gaels, and eliminated the Saints.
The Saints were still alive entering today's doubleheader, and they began well by putting up two runs on Iona starter Sarah Jackson in the first inning of game one. Shannon Jones drove home a run and scored one with some help from three Iona errors in the inning. But Iona would score three times in the top of the 3rd inning, and never be behind again in this game. An Eilenn McCann double that drove home two runs, and an Alyssa Maiese triple that brought home another gave the Gaels a 3-2 lead. Four more runs in the top of the 6th would seal this game, and a berth in the tournament for Iona. After Melanie Gettins singled home a run, Allyssa James launched a homer to right field that scored three, and the Gaels were in the post season. Sarah Jackson recovered from the shaky 1st inning to strike out 15 and earn the win.
The Saints took an early lead in game two as well, taking a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning thanks to a Mandy Ferro single. Eileen McCann tied the score for Iona in the top of the 3rd inning, reaching home after an error by right fielder Kristen Borsella. Iona took the lead in the top of the 5th inning when Alyssa Maiese doubled home Eileen McCann, and pinch runner Tierney Markou scored on a passed ball. Siena got one back in the bottom of the same inning when Mandy Ferro scored on a Nastasha Powlowsky ground out, cutting the Iona lead to 3-2. Natasha singled home Mandy Ferro in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game, but with a runner on 3rd base and one out, Kayla Kaminsky lined into a double play, giving the Gaels another chance in extras. And it was Eileen McCann who took advantage of that chance, smashing a homer over the left field fence to give the Gaels the win, and a sweep. Alyssa Maiese improved her record to 12-7; Amanda Filippazzo took the loss.
Siena will end their 2011 season Sunday at St. Peter's. I'm sure the Saints are disappointed, but they shouldn't be. They have a young team with a bright future. As for the Gaels, they have an interesting doubleheader that they will host on Sunday against Manhattan, a team also in the tournament. Neither of the teams will be able to make it to first place, but could get up as high as second. They very well may meet again next week.