Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Gaels Stun Manhattan In Tournament Opener

Kristen Turner drove home four runs in rout
Iona 10
Manhattan 0 (6)

The Iona Gaels won the opening game of the 2015 MAAC Championship in Buffalo, New York Wednesday, defeating the Manhattan Jaspers 10-0.

This tournament game was actually a pitchers' duel through the first four innings, with starters Amy Bright (Manhattan) and Christine Costello (Iona) keeping the scoreboard full of zeroes. But the Gaels broke the ice in the top of the fifth inning, scoring seven runs, all with two outs having been recorded against them. Kristen Turner began the onslaught with a two RBI single; Christine Costello followed this with an RBI single. Sarah Schutz made the score 5-0 when she singled home a pair of runs; this was immediately followed by RBI singles from the bats of Courtney Miller and Kelsey Long. In the top of the sixth inning, homers by Kristen Turner (2 runs) and Sarah Schutz sealed the surprising run rule win. Christine Costello was stellar in the circle, striking out six Jaspers.

Iona will play #2 Fairfield at 9 am Thursday morning. Manhattan will play in an elimination game Thursday afternoon.

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