Detroit Mercy 3
The Iona Gaels opened their 2013 season at the Beach Blast in Wilmington, NC by unleashing their bats against Detroit Mercy this morning.
Carly Argyle got the start against the Titans in her first season as Iona's primary starting pitcher, and threw a good, controlled game. "Gnarly" Carly issued only one walk, late in the game, while striking out six Titans. Only two of the Detroit runs were earned. But it was the offense that was the story, as the Gaels pounded out 14 hits. They got it going in the first inning when leadoff batter Jodi Petersen singled, stole second base then scored on a throwing error. Detroit Mercy tied it up in the bottom of the same inning, but it was all Iona after that. A big fourth inning was started by senior Beth Kann when she smashed a pitch over the centerfield fence. After Sarah Schutz doubled with her first collegiate hit, Katie Jansson reached base after being hit by a pitch. Bri Schauer's single then loaded the bases allowing Ali Hand to punch home a pair of runs with a double. That set the stage for senior Eileen McCann, who lined one over the left field fence, giving the Gaels a 7-1 lead. In the sixth inning, Ali Hand's second consecutive double increased the lead to 8-1. Katie Jansson put the icing on the cake when she clubbed a pitch out over left field for the 11-3 win. Ali Hand finished 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Jodi Peterson, Eileen McCann, Bri Schauer and Sarah Schutz all had two hits. Sydney Dimon got her first collegiate hit off the bench.
Game two saw Iona go against a great pitcher, Omaha's Dana Elsasser who has a career 1.10 ERA. Dana was dominant, allowing only one hit, which was a single by Beth Kann. Making her first career start for Iona was Christine Costello. She pitched well until hitting a rough fifth inning. Five of the seven runs were earned.
The Gaels are back at it in Wilmington on Saturday morning with a pair of games.