Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gaels Back In Race With Sweep Of Canisius

Senior Jodi Petersen knows how to win
Iona 3
Canisius 2 (9)

Iona 8
Canisius 1

The Iona Gaels jumped back into the MAAC's top four with a sweep of the Canisius Golden Griffins Saturday at the Rice Oval in New Rochelle, NY.

I've said all along that the Iona Gaels would rely on experience to try to make a run at the MAAC tournament, and they did just that today while exploiting Canisius' lack of the same quality. Jodi Petersen, she of the three championship rings, clubbed a dramatic walk off ninth inning home run to lift the Gaels back into contention. But she wouldn't have had that chance if not for some damaging miscues by Canisius. The Golden Griffins took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Robin Kennery hit a bases loaded single. Canisius starter Amanda Baun was well in control when a passed ball got past freshman catcher Bethany DeMarco, subbing for the injured Stephanie Pfenter, allowing Katie Jansson to score from third base. But it was a fatal mistake in the bottom of the fifth inning that may have spelled the Griffs' doom. With two outs, and Beth Kann on first base after a walk, Canisius left fielder Tori Nappo misplayed the third out which resulted in Beth Kann scoring all the way from first base, and allowing Iona another chance in extra innings. Jodi Petersen grabbed that chance, like champions do. Carly Argyle got the win for Iona, striking out five.

Game two saw an obviously demoralized Canisius team, and the Gaels won with little effort, 8-1. Carly Argyle pitched another complete game, in good control walking only two batters. "Gnarly" Carly also drove home three runs in the game as a batter. Allie Hand and Brianna King had two RBIs each. Jen Consaul took the loss for Canisius.

Iona is now 7-5, and will host streaking Niagara Sunday for a crucial doubleheader. Canisius is 6-6, and not out of it yet, but have a hard road that leads through Fairield and Siena.

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