|Katie Bowen drove home 4 runs Sunday for the LJs|
The Manhattan Lady Jaspers improved their MAAC leading record to 4-0 with a sweep of the Iona Gaels Sunday in New Rochelle, NY
The first game of this MAAC doubleheader was very entertaining. The Lady Jaspers have built the reputation of a quick strike offense, and displayed that ability in the top of the second inning when they scored six runs to jump way in front. After Amanda Paxson singled, and Andi Stallard hit a ground rule double, the bases got loaded when Iona starter Beth Kann hit Jocelin Whitmore with a pitch. Sophomore Sydney Weedon, who has emerged as a dependable hitter this season, then singled to give the LJs a 2-0 lead. Jocelin would then score on a wild pitch; Katie Bowen increased the lead with an RBI single; and freshman Elena Bowman popped a pitch over the fence good for two more runs. It was Elena's ninth home run of the season, tops in the MAAC. The Gaels were stunned, but not beaten. They began their comeback in the bottom of the same inning by scoring three times. Allie Hand opened the frame with a home run shot, to be followed by Carly Argyle's two run blast, and Manhattan's lead was halved, 6-3. In the bottom of the third inning, freshman Sarah Schutz continued her torrid hitting with another Iona home run, and the Gaels trailed by 6-4. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Gaels overtook Manhattan with three more runs. First Brianna King scored on a wild pitch, then Sarah Schutz drove home two more runs with a double, giving Iona a 7-6 lead. All the momentum seemed to be on the Gaels' side, but a tough top of the sixth ended that. The Lady Jaspers scored twice in that inning without the benefit of a hit. Two unearned runs, scored by Anna Gallacher and Meaghan McDevitt became the difference in this game, an 8-7 Manhattan win. Erin Hamm got the win for the LJs, pitching a scoreless final three innings in relief. The Gaels had 13 hits in the game; six of their players had two hits each. Carly Argyle took the loss.
Manhattan once again stormed in front 6-0 in game two, but this time there would be no Iona comeback. Kelsi Redding went the distance for the LJs in the 9-2 win, and wouldn't allow the Gaels to get back in the game. Manhattan scored in each of the game's first three innings, with RBIs coming from Elena Bowman, Amanda Babcock, Meaghan McDevitt and Jen Keller. They scored three more runs in the seventh inning when Katie Bowen drove home a pair, and Amanda Babcock added another RBI. The Lady Jaspers pounded out 17 hits in this game; Amanda Babcock and Katie Bowen each had three of them. For Iona, Brianna King was 2 for 3. The Gaels dropped to 3-3 for the MAAC season.