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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Iona Escapes Freezing Florida With Two More Wins

2-0; 0.00 ERA for the MAAC's top ace

Iona 9
S. Dakota 0 (5)

Iona 2
Samford 1

The Iona Gaels completed a successful opening weekend trip by taking a pair of games at the Stetson Leadoff Classic in DeLand, FL Sunday, and have opened their season at 3-1.

A freakish cold wave hit the southern USA Sunday morning, leaving in its wake a slew of canceled games (including Canisius' final game in Greenville, NC which saw wind chill temps of 12!). Iona and their opponents decided to forge ahead with their games anyway. It wouldn't have mattered to the Gaels' first foe, South Dakota, if it had been 80 (it was 30 at first pitch)...their bats never would have warmed up to the pitching of Sarah Jackson! The senior mowed down the first nine Coyotes she faced, and cruised to a 9-0 win. Sarah struck out 11 in the run rule shortened game, scattering three singles. Once again, Eileen McCann got things going for the Gaels, slugging a two run homer over the center field fence which was all her team would need. But they would go on to score a lot more. Freshman Briana Schauer doubled home a pair of runs; Jodi Petersen was 3 for 4 with two RBIs; and Katie Jansson belted a three run shot over center to seal the game.

Iona's second game was a closer affair, with Alyssa Maiese pitching close to the vest, striking out five and getting out of a few jams late in the contest for a 2-1 win over Samford. Once again the Gaels struck early, courtesy of a Deanne Algeo double in the first inning which drove home Chelsea Sheehan, who reached base after being hit by a pitch, and Eileen McCann, who singled. The Gaels would score no more in this game, but made some fine defensive plays to preserve the win. A great relay from center fielder Jodi Petersen to freshman third baseman Angie Nieves to catcher Katie Jansson cut down a Samford runner at the plate in the third inning after a long double. Angie then turned a crucial double play in the sixth inning.

The Gaels are pleased with the results of the season's first live action; and are pleased to get out of cold Florida and back to the warmer climes of New Rochelle! They will again be on the field two weekends from now when they travel down to Virginia for the Longwood Spring Classic.

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