Saturday, May 14, 2011

Iona Wins MAAC Championship

Iona 4
Fairfield 0

Iona 4
Fairfield 2

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The Iona Gaels successfully defended their MAAC title Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY by defeating the Fairfield Stags twice.

The Iona Gaels became only the fourth team to emerge from the losers bracket to win the MAAC Championship by sweeping Fairfield. The story in game one was Eileen McCann's 3 run homer in the 1st inning, followed by a solo homer off the bat of Alyssa Maiese that gave Iona a 4-0 win. Sarah Jackson struck out 12 in the game. But the real story was the ineffectiveness of Fairfield's Sarah Minice, who was pulled after two innings of game one, and did not reappear until the 6th inning of game two. Freshman Rebecca Trott performed heroically, completely shutting down the Gaels for 10.1 innings, allowing only two hits. Then Fairfield Coach Brzezinski inexplicably pulled her out of game two in the 6th inning with the Stags leading 2-0 and in total control. This move, oddly enough, cost the Stags the Championship. Who would have ever thought that? Sarah Minice surrendered 4 runs in the top of the 7th inning, and ended up losing both games. Deanne Algeo singled home two runs, the tying and winning runs, in that inning to give Iona the dramatic comeback victory.

Iona will find out Sunday where and who they will play in the NCAA Tournament.

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