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McCann Breaks HR Record In SB Sweep Of Temple

          Release: 03/22/2012
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AMBLER, PA - Senior pitchers Sarah Jackson and Alyssa Maiese each pitched complete games for the Iona College softball team while junior outfielder Eileen McCann established a new Iona bench mark for career home runs in the Gaels' doubleheader sweep of Temple Wednesday afternoon at Ambler Field.  Both games went just six innings as the Maroon & Gold slugged out an 8-0 win in game one and upped the offensive effort with a 10-1 decision in game two.

In game one, the Gaels scattered eight runs over the final four innings, including a four-run fourth, to come away with the victory. Iona got its runs on seven hits and took advantage of three Temple errors.

In the third, Iona cracked the scoreboard for the first time when freshman Angie Nieves scored on an unearned run on a Temple error.  In the fourth, the Gaels git an RBI single from freshman Brianna Schauer and a sacrifice fly from Nieves before junior Jodi Petersen hit a two run homer to left center to push the Iona lead to 5-0.

In the fifth inning, McCann pushed across the fifth run of the day with a home run to left field.  The home run was the 21st round tripper of McCann's career, breaking the mark previously held by Liz Hammell.

Senior Deanne Algeo provided insurance for the Gaels in the sixth with an RBI single to score Schauer before senior Chelsea Sheehan drove in Nieves with a sacrifice fly.

Jackson was the winner, scattering five hits over 6.0 innings, fanning four and issuing three walks.  Brooklin White took the loss for Temple, giving up seven hits, eight runs, walking three and striking out four. Only three of the eight runs White surrendered, however, were earned.

Game two was scoreless until the fourth inning when Iona exploded for six runs. Maiese drove in Sheehan with a double to left field.  After a McCann single, Jansson reached on a Temple error, scoring pinch runner Melanie Hay.  Senior Alyssa James followed with a single to the right side to drive in McCann with the third run of the inning.  Jansson scored on a fielder's choice before Petersen drove in Schauer with an RBI groundout.  Algeo capped the scoring with with an RBI single to left.

Temple got on the board in the bottom of the frame. Sarah Prezioso led off with a double to and Stephanie Pasquale followed with her own two-bagger to left field to bring Prezioso around.  Maiese settled in after that and struck out the side to escape with no further damage.

The Gaels got one more in the top of the fifth when Nieves drove in McCann with a sacrifice fly and iced the game in the top of the sixth on a three-run shot from Maiese.

Maiese fanned seven in six innings of work, giving up four hits, one run and one walk.

The Gaels are back in action Saturday when they travel to St. John's for a non-conference doubleheader, beginning at 12:00 pm.
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