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Jackson, Maiese Headline MAAC Softball Honorees

          Release: 05/10/2012
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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - Redshirt senior Alyssa Maiese was named 2012 MAAC Softball Co-Player of the Year, while senior Sarah Jackson earned 2012 MAAC Pitcher of the Year, highlighting the 2012 All-MAAC Softball Teams, announced today by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  Additionally, junior outfield Eileen McCann was named to the All-MAAC First Team along with Maiese and Jackson. Seniors Allyssa James and Chelsea Sheehan and junior Jodi Petersen were named to the All-MAAC Second Team.

Maiese ranked second on the Gaels with a .316 batting average, and owned a .581 slugging percentage and a .401 on-base percentage during the regular season. She tallied 49 hits, 24 runs scored and 39 RBI over 54 games for the Gaels this season. Maiese also aided Iona's efforts from the pitcher's circle, recording a record of 15-10 and a 1.38 ERA. In 172.1 innings of work, she struck out 190 batters, including a league-best 78 batters struck out looking.

Jackson posted a league-best 1.32 ERA and a 15-11 record on the mound in the regular season. Heading into the weekend's MAAC Championship, the right-hander has tallied 211 strikeouts in 175 innings pitched for the Gaels this season and held her opponents to a conference-best .200 batting average.

McCann led the Gaels with a .347 batting average in the regular season, while ranking second on the squad with seven home runs.  McCann tied for the team lead with 25 runs scored and drove in 16 runs.  Earlier in the season, McCann broke the career home runs record at Iona, when she hit 21st career round tripper at Temple.  McCann has since extended the record to 25.

Petersen hit .292 over a team leading 178 at-bats in 2012, scoring 22 runs, driving in 17 more and leading the Gaels with 14 stolen bases.  James hit .265 for Iona, driving in 16 runs and scoring 10 runs.  James hit especially well when the games mattered most, hitting .333 in conference play, the second best mark on the team.  Sheehan hit .276 in her final season with the Gaels, tying for the team lead with 25 runs scored and finishing second on the team with 17 runs batted in.

Additionally, eight Gaels were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.  James, Petersen and Sheehan as well as seniors Deanne Algeo and Melanie, juniors Beth Kann and Cari Anderson and sophomore Katie Jansson were among 61 student-athletes recording a grade point average of 3.2 or better.
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