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Sunday, May 20, 2012

MAAC Season Ends With Iona Loss

The Sarah Jackson era at Iona ended Saturday in Berkeley

Boston U. 4
Iona 3 (13)

Box Score
Eileen McCann's Blog Entry

The Iona Gaels saw their season end with a heartbreaking 13 inning loss to Boston University Saturday in Berkeley, CA.

The Iona Gaels went down fighting in a classic extra innings game against Boston University that saw both teams very unwilling to be eliminated from Tournament play. Boston U. got on the board first with a walk and a couple of singles off Iona starter Alyssa Maiese, taking a 1-0 lead. Alyssa settled down after the rocky start, finishing with 10 strikeouts. The score remained the same until the top of the fifth inning, when a two out single by Jodi Petersen scored Chelsea Sheehan to tie the game for the Gaels. The Terriers came right back in the bottom of the same inning though with a pair of singles that gave them the lead back at 2-1. Iona tied the game up in the next inning when Eileen McCann scored on a wild pitch after she and Alyssa Maiese had led off with singles. The game would go into extra innings, with both teams having plenty of chances to win. Iona broke the tie in the top of the ninth inning when Jodi Petersen scored after Alyssa Maiese's infield grounder bounced off a couple of gloves. It looked like Iona had their first NCAA Tournament win sealed in the bottom of the ninth, but the wheels fell off. With two outs, and the bases empty, third baseman Chelsea Sheehan picked up a grounder for what appeared to be the final out of the game, instead throwing it away which allowed the Boston U. runner to get all the way to third base. An infield single brought in the run, and the game was extended. The Gaels loaded the bases in the 12th inning, but could not push a run across. The game ended in the bottom of the 13th, when Boston U. hit three singles off of reliever Sarah Jackson to score the winning run.

Alyssa Maiese and Allyssa James each had three hits. Allyssa James had a great regional, hitting 5 for 8. The Gaels had 15 hits as a team to Boston University's 13. It was a very exciting game, played hard and well by both teams.

Sarah Jackson made her last appearance in a Gaels' uniform, and although I know it must have been difficult for her to end her career in this tough loss, Iona wouldn't have won all these championships without her. She ends her career as the greatest Iona Gael ever, and one of the best players in MAAC history. Alyssa Maiese, Chelsea Sheehan, Deanne Algeo and Allyssa James, all integral ingredients to the Gaels' championship run, also saw their last action in an Iona uniform, and left it all on the field.

So ends another season of MAAC Softball. You can view the season's final statistics at the top of this page.

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