Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lady Jaspers Sweep Iona; Grab # 2 Seed

Erika Sullivan tossed a one hitter

Manhattan 3
Iona 2 (8)

Manhattan 3
Iona 0

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Manhattan got great pitching and a 4 RBI performance by freshman Katie Bowen to sweep Iona Sunday in New Rochelle, NY.

After giving up 13 runs to St. Peter's on Saturday, the Lady Jaspers came back Sunday with stellar pitching and finished in 2nd place with the sweep. Game one matched Melissa Donnelly against the Gaels' Sarah Jackson, and had to be decided in extra innings. Iona took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th inning when Chelsea Sheehan singled home Katie Jansson. Chelsea has been very hot at the plate as the season winds down. The Lady Jaspers made it a tie game in the top of the 6th inning when a Nicole Michel single scored Monica Evangelista. Then it was off to extra innings. Manhattan took a 2 run lead in the 8th when Katie Bowen's two out single scored Melissa Donnelly and pinch runner Amanda Berrios. Katie has won games many times this, her freshman, season, and is a prime candidate for MAAC Rookie Of The Year. A one out homer by Jodi Petersen in the bottom of the 8th pulled the Gaels to within 3-2, but Melissa Donnelly retired the final two batters for the win. The senior pitched well down the stretch last season as well. Sarah Jackson struck out four in the loss.

Game two became essentially "who would not have to face Sarah Minice in the first round". Manhattan's senior Erika Sullivan was brilliant, one hitting the Gaels and walking only one, as is her fashion. Manhattan jumped in front in the 1st inning after a Melissa Donnelly single scored Kristina Walraven. They took a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning when Nicole Michel opened with a triple and was sent home by a Katie Bowen single. In the 7th, Katie drove home her 4th run of the day for a 3-0 final. Alyssa Maiese struck out 5 for Iona.

You'll notice that Manhattan's eight seniors have really picked up their play after a slow start. They have a lot of tournament experience. Iona, as defending champs, have that experience also. The Gaels will be the # 4 seed. These were intense games, and perhaps a preview of a great MAAC Tournament.

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