Missouri State 4
The Iona Gaels were eliminated from the Norman, OK Regional when they dropped a 4-2 game to Missouri State Saturday.
The Gaels put forth a good effort today, but it wasn't enough as Missouri State scored a pair of runs in the top of the 7th inning to break a 2-2 tie. Alyssa Maiese made her final start in an Iona uniform, and allowed two runs in the top of the 1st inning after a two out double. But she settled down, and was in control until the 7th inning. Alyssa would cut the Missouri State lead in half herself when she launched a rocket over the center field fence in the bottom of the 2nd inning. It was Alyssa's 13th home run of the year, meaning that she finished as the MAAC's leader in that category. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Gaels came back to tie the game. Jodi Petersen led off with a double to left field, and was followed by an Eileen McCann single. Alyssa Maiese then sent Jodi home with a sacrifice fly, her second RBI of the game, making the score 2-2. It looked as if Iona might win their first ever NCAA tournament game. But after a Missouri State hitter reached base on an error by shortstop Deanne Algeo in the top of the 7th inning, and was bunted over to second base, the Bears' Kirstin Cutter tripled to the center field wall to drive home the eventual winning run. Sarah Jackson then entered the game in relief of Alyssa Maiese, but gave up a double that scored the Bears' 4th run. The Gaels had some life in the bottom of the 7th inning when lead off hitter Chelsea Sheehan was hit by a pitch, but a double play subsequently squelched that hope.
And so ends another MAAC season. I will review what happened in 2011 once the dust settles.