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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Gaels Overpower Canisius

Senior Eileen McCann was a perfect 6 for 6
Iona 10
Canisius 8

Iona 16
Canisius 6 (5)


The Iona Gaels swept a MAAC doubleheader over the Canisius Golden Griffins Sunday in Buffalo, NY, and secured first place in the MAAC.

It was shades of the championship years for the Iona Gaels Sunday, as they took the first two games of their western trip. One member of those championship Gael teams, Eileen McCann, had one of her best days ever, hitting a pair of homers and driving home six runs. Game one was a see saw affair, with the teams exchanging leads. Iona jumped in front 2-0 in the top of the second inning, thanks to Katie Newton's RBI double. Canisius got a run back in the bottom of the same inning, when Bethany DeMarco singled home Michelle DelPrince. The Gaels took a 5-2 lead the next inning. Consecutive triples by Ashlyn Morris and Eileen McCann produced one run; RBIs by Katie Jansson and Sarah Schutz brought home two more. Canisius hung in though, scoring twice in the bottom of the third to cut Iona's lead to 5-4 when Michelle DelPrince hit her second double of the game. Eileen McCann's solo homer increased the Gael lead to 6-4 in the top of the fourth, but Canisius would take their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a bases loaded walk to Sam Sharkey and Jessica Berzins' two RBI single. The big inning for Iona was the top of the sixth. With two on, and two out, the Griffs were very careful (with good reason) with Eileen McCann, walking her to load the bases. This set the table for freshman Kristen Turner, who proceeded to clean that table with a grand slam home run which gave Iona the lead for good. Canisius would add another run, and threaten to score in the seventh inning, but Iona won the game 10-8.  Carly Argyle got the win for Iona; Jen Consaul suffered the loss for Canisius.

Game two was all Iona all of the time. The Gaels scored 13 runs in the game's first three innings, and never looked back. Eileen McCann was 3 for 3 with a homer and four RBIs. Over the day, she hit two homers, a triple and a double. And also walked a few times. Allie Hand hit a homer; Sarah Schutz drove home three runs. Kristen Turner had two RBIs, giving her seven for the doubleheader. Jordan Courage earned the circle win. Iona has won five straight games, and stand atop the MAAC with a 4-0 record.

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