FAIRFIELD, CT - The Iona College softball team continued non-conference action Friday afternoon with a doubleheader loss to Sacred Heart at Pioneer Park. In the opener, the Pioneers came out on top 4-1 before taking game two 11-1 in five innings.
In the first game of the day, Iona fell behind 1-0 in the first on an RBI single by Justine Sibthorp before Sacred Heart put another run across in the second on a groundout by Nicole Sidor.
The Gaels cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth when sophomore Allison Hand connected on her second home run of the season, trimming the Iona to one, 2-1.
Sacred Heart would put the game out of reach with two runs in the home half of the inning, as Sidor drove in Melissa Tobin with an RBI single before pinch runner Jessica Schild score on an Iona wild pitch.
Sophomore Carly Argyle took the loss for the Gaels, allowing seven hits, four walks and four earned runs over six innings of work. Sidor got the win for the Pioneers, allowing just two hits over seven innings.
In the second game of the day, Iona jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when senior Beth Kann connected on her team best fourth home run of the season off Sacred Heart starter Kacie Wentworth.
The Pioneers quickly tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Sidor led off with a home run of her own. Sacred Heart would then put the contest away in the bottom of the third when, pushing ten runs across the plate. The big hits came in the form of a two-run double by Sidor and a two run single by Sibthorp.
Iona would be held to just two hits over the final two innings as the Gaels dropped their 13th straight contest of the season. Wentworth got the win for SHU, allowing five hits and one run over five innings. Freshman Jordan Courage took the loss for the Gaels, allowing nine earned runs over 2.2 innings.
Iona looks to snap its skid Tuesday when it travels to Hofstra for a single game, scheduled for 3:30 pm.