|Sarah Schutz drove home 7 runs in the doubleheader|
The Iona Gaels and Marist Red Foxes split a MAAC doubleheader Saturday in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Game one was a close one, although Marist never trailed in their 5-4 win. The Red Foxes jumped in front 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning, with all the runs being driven home courtesy of Nicole Cheek's ninth homer of the season. Nicole has 11 RBIs in her last six conference games. Iona pulled to within 3-2 in the top of the third inning when Sarah Schutz hit a two run single. The Gaels had loaded the bases thanks to two Marist errors and a walk. Marist would commit eight errors in the doubleheader. Marist got one back in the bottom of the same inning, taking a 4-2 lead thanks to Joelle Zahka's RBI. They increased that lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Dani Koltz hit a solo homer. But Iona would cut that lead to 5-4 in the top of the fifth inning, helped by an error that allowed Sydney Dimon to score. Sarah Schutz added her third RBI of the game. However, Marist starter Emily Osterhaus shut the door the rest of the way for the win. Only one of the runs against her was earned. Carly Argyle took the loss for Iona.
Iona began game two needing a win badly to stay in the race, and they dominated, winning 12-4. In fact, they nearly run ruled Marist on their home field. Again, an error cost Marist in the top of the second inning, allowing Carly Argyle to score the game's first run. The Gaels then exploded for five runs in the top of the third, with home runs coming off the bats of Bri Schauer, Beth Kann and Katie Jansson. Katie's was a three run blast. Allie Hand drove home a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning to put Iona in front 8-0. Marist averted the run rule with Aly Klemmer's two run homer in the bottom of the fifth, but it mattered little. In the top of the seventh, freshman sensation Sarah Schutz clubbed a grand slam home run to give the Gaels an even dozen runs. Marist added a pair of runs in the bottom of the same inning. Carly Argyle, making her second start of the day, got the win. Janine Lalli took the loss.
Marist is 5-3 in the MAAC, and in solid position. But they can't be committing eight errors in conference doubleheaders and expect good results. Iona is 5-5, and still in the hunt.