NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College softball team began the league portion of its schedule Saturday afternoon, splitting a pair of contests with Fairfield at Rice Oval. In the opener, a late run gave the Stags a 3-2 victory before a five RBI outburst by freshman Sarah Schutz led the Gaels to a 6-2 game two win.
In the opener, Fairfield broke up a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the third. With the bases loaded, Fairfield's Lauren Filicia plated Kristen Filicia when her grounder was bobbled by the Iona infield. Nicole Capra would follow with an RBI single to left, pushing the Stags ahead 2-0.
The Gaels would come right back, knotting the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning. With one out, sophomore Brianna Schauer singled to right field. With two outs, senior Beth Kann reached on an infield single with Schauer hustling to third on the play. Junior Katie Jansson would then drive in the pair with a double to deep right centerfield, tying the score at two.
The game would remain scoreless until the top of the seventh. After a leadoff walk, pitcher Rae Ball reached on a fielder's choice and L. Filicia singled to load the bases. Capra would then plate the winning win with a sacrifice fly to left.
Ball got the win for Fairfield, allowing eight hits and two earned runs over seven innings. Sophomore Carly Argyle took the loss for Iona, allowing one run and five hits in relief of Iona starter Beth Kann.
In the second game, Fairfield got out early with a run in the top of the first on an RBI single to right by L. Filicia.
The Gaels would counter in a big way, scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Schauer walked before Jansson and sophomore Allison Hand would also reach on walks. Schutz would then deliver a double to left field, scoring the trio before Argyle drove in Schutz with a single up the middle.
Fairfield would trim the Iona cushion to two, 4-2, on a home run by Kimi Kurata.
The Gaels would push the advantage to four with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. After Hand led off the inning with a triple to center field, Schutz would lift a home run over the right field fence to give the Gaels two insurance runs.
Argyle would get the win for the Maroon & Gold in the second contest, allowing two runs and five hits over her seven innings. Rebecca Trott took the loss for Fairfield, allowing four runs and four hits in 1.1 innings.
The Gaels are back in action Wednesday, when they take on Hartford in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 2:30 pm.