Friday, May 13, 2011
Iona Eliminates Manhattan
The Iona Gaels edged the Manhattan Lady Jaspers 4-3 in an elimination game at the MAAC Championship Friday in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The Gaels took a chance by not starting Sarah Jackson in this game, hoping to save her for further action, and it paid off. Actually, Sarah closed out this game to pick up the win, but Alyssa Maiese kept the Gaels close and helped them offensively to come from behind. Manhattan took a 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning when a two out single by Jen Keller scored Nicole Michel and Melissa Donnelly. The Gaels responded immediately in the bottom of the same inning; first with a Katie Jansson homer to center field, then with a two out Chelsea Sheehan single that scored Allyssa James, who was on 2nd base after a single and wild pitch. The game remained tied until the top of the 5th inning when Monica Evangelista singled home Erika Sullivan to give the Lady Jaspers the lead again, 3-2. Alyssa Maiese tied the game in the bottom of the 6th inning with a big homer over the center field fence, her 11th of the season. In the bottom of the 7th inning, with the game tied 3-3, an error by Manhattan shortstop Melissa Donnelly allowed Chelsea Sheehan to cross the plate with the winning run.
Manhattan ends their season with a record of 25-23. Iona will now play an elimination game against Marist today.