Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gaels Sweep Manhattan

Just another day at the office for Sarah Jackson

Iona 7
Manhattan 0

Iona 3
Manhattan 1

Game One Box
Game Two Box

The Iona Gaels swept the Manhattan Lady Jaspers in a rescheduled MAAC game Monday in Riverdale, NY.

After four seasons, it's almost difficult not to take Iona's Sarah Jackson for granted. Monday she did what she's done so often---shut down her opponent, this time taking a no hitter into the seventh inning at Manhattan. It was a typical Sarah Jackson game. Ten strikeouts, one walk and a lot of frustrated batters. The Gaels need to take advantage of having a pitcher like this one more time, and they had to have these two wins to stay in the race. Iona struck in the first inning when Deanne Algeo's double scored Chelsea Sheehan. It would be all they needed, but they added six more runs in the fourth inning, off of five hits. Chelsea Sheehan and Alyssa Maiese both doubled home a pair of runs; Cari Anderson and Allyssa James both drove in runs, and Iona won it easily, 7-0.

Alyssa Maiese started game two for the Gaels, and was cruising through until the seventh inning. But before that, her team took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning thanks to a couple of dropped fly balls by Manhattan outfielders and Alyssa's seventh homer of the season. Inning seven became dicey though. The LJs loaded the bases with one out, and got on the board when Amanda Babcock received a free pass. Then up to the plate stepped one of the MAAC's top hitters, Katie Bowen. A well placed hit could have messed up Iona's season, but as in their win against Rider Saturday, the Gaels turned a double play when Katie hit a sharp ball to third baseman Angie Nieves, who stepped on the bag and made the quick throw to end the game.

Iona improved their record to 7-3; Manhattan fell to 1-7.


J. McCann said...

Some interesting info you might like to know....Eileen McCann (my daughter) and Nicole Olmedo from S.P.'s played at the same high school in Chino, Ca. and we actually live a few blocks from them!Show down tomorrow between the Gaels and St. Peter's.Nicole is having a wonderful freshman season, we are so happy for her.

WNY Softball said...

That's great! Nicole is definitely one of the top freshmen in the MAAC this season. I hope she is the beginning of a St. Peter's resurgence. We'll await Eileen's new blog entry about the rivalry. Although I'd rather read about her recent bus trip!

BTW, Chino, CA will sending another daughter to the MAAC next season when Alexis Roman of Don Lugo High begins her career at Canisius.