RIVERDALE, NY - The Iona College softball team came away with a sweep of MAAC rival Manhattan College Monday afternoon in a conference doubleheader delayed one day by rain. In game one, senior Sarah Jackson's one-hit complete game shuout propelled the Gaels to a 7-0 win before taking game two 3-1.
In the first inning of game one, Iona took a 1-0 lead when senior Deanne Algeo drove in senior Chelsea Sheehan with an RBI double to right center.
The Gaels broke game one open with a six-spot in the top of the fourth. With one out and freshman Allison Hand on third and classmate Angie Nieves on second, junior Cari Anderson drove in the first run of the inning with an infield single to short. After junior Jodi Petersen walked to load the bases, Sheehan drove in two with a double to left field. Two batters later, senior Alyssa Maiese plated Peteresen and Sheehan with a double to right field. Algeo would next reach on a Manhattan, putting runners on first and third. Senior Allyssa James followed and singled to the left side of the infield, scoring Maiese with the sixth and final run of the inning.
Jackson no-hit the Jaspers thru six innings before Amanda Babcock singled to right leading off the bottom of the seventh. Jackson allowed just two base runners, Babcock's single and a walk to Jen Keller in the second inning. She also registered 10 strikeouts. Kelsi Redding took the loss for the Jaspers after yielding seven runs, six earned, on eight hits while striking out two and walking seven over seven innings.
Game two was scoreless until the top of the fourth. Junior Eileen McCann reached on an error to start the inning before Maiese homered to center field to give the Gaels a 2-0 lead. Sheehan would doubled with two outs and came across on another Manhattan error.
Manhattan cracked the scoreboard against Maiese for the first time all day in the bottom of the seventh. Sydney Weedon led off the inning with a single to center, and Keller followed with a base hit up the middle. After the runners moved up on a fly ball, Jocelin Whitmore walked, loading the bases. Manhattan then got on the board when Babcock walked. However the Gaels turned a double play to end the game.
Maiese picked up her 12th win of the year for the Gaels, giving up one run on three hits, striking out nine and walking five.
Iona has a very short turnaround, as they travel to Fordham Tuesday afternoon for a single game beginning at 3:00 pm.