Saturday, March 2, 2013

Gaels' Offense Explodes In Comeback

Bri Schauer had a fabulous day, hitting 4 for 6 with 5 RBIs
Iona 8
Lehigh 5

Towson 5
Iona 4

The Iona Gaels split a pair of games Saturday at the Towson Invitational in snow covered Towson, MD.

OK, Towson wasn't really buried in snow, but there were many snow delays during the second day of the tournament. And Iona's bats were cold during the first three innings of their game with Lehigh which saw them down early, 4-0. That all changed in the fourth inning, as they exploded for four runs, all which crossed the plate after two outs. Beth Kann, Carly Argyle and Jodi Petersen loaded the bases with singles, which allowed Bri Schauer to step up to the plate and stroke a two run single. She was followed by Brianna King, whose double brought home two more, tying the game. Lehigh did go back in front, 5-4, in the bottom of the same inning, so the Gaels went on another offensive outburst, this time sealing the game. Eileen McCann, who had singled, scored the first run after an errant throw. Christine Costello singled home a run, then Bri Schauer once again sent home a pair by roping a double down the left field line. Also of note in this game was the performance of freshman pitcher Jordan Courage, who notched her first college win. Jordan went the distance, allowing three earned runs; she shutdown Lehigh over the final three innings after Iona stormed back. Beth Kann, Christine Costello and Bri Schauer each had two hits.

The Gaels lost a close one in their second game of the day, 5-4 to host Towson. They spotted the Tigers a quick three runs, and did again come back to tie the game, but could not get over the hump this time. Maybe it was the snow that delayed the game frequently, confusing the many California natives on the Iona roster! Bri Schauer drove home another run, giving her five RBIs for the day. Allison Hand drove home a pair of runs; Beth Kann added another. Carly Argyle took the loss, although only three of Towson's runs were earned. She struck out seven. The Gaels are back on the cold fields of Towson Sunday for a pair of games.

The Gaels' Cali players in conference attempting to figure out what the white objects falling from the sky are.

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