NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College softball team fell 13-7 to Saint John's University in non-conference action Thursday afternoon at Rice Oval. The Gaels had eight hits in the contest, including three by freshman Kristen Turner and two from juniorAllison Hand. Hand also delivered a team high two runs batted in and scored three runs in the contest.
The Red Storm on the board early, tallying three runs in the first as Erin Burner hit a one out solo home run to center and Brianna Garcia lifted a two-run shot to right, putting St. John's ahead 3-0.
The Gaels answered with three of their own in the bottom of the frame. With two on and one out, Turner plated Hand with a single to left field. Later in the stanza, sophomore Sydney Dimon and junior Brianna Schauer each drew bases loaded walks to even the score at three.
St. John's took the lead for good with four runs in the second inning. Burner delivered the big blow of the inning, a two run single to left field and eventually came around to score the fourth run of the inning on a wild pitch.
The Red Storm plated an unearned run in the third to grab an 8-3 cushion. The Gaels narrowed the deficit to three with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. After a lead off grand rule double to left center by freshman Katie Newton, Hand connected on her first home run of the season to left, cutting the margin to 8-5. In the fifth, senior Katie Jansson's sac fly to right field pulled Iona within two, 8-6.
The Red Storm broke the game open with a three run sixth inning. Garcia delivered an RBI single to left field and Kelsey Moyer drove in two runs with a single to center field.
Iona got its final run across in the bottom of the sixth. Hand led off the frame with a double to left and came around on a sac fly by junior Carly Argyle.
The Red Storm then tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh. Garcia scored on a wild pitch before Wilkens delivered an RBI infield single.
Ashley Beza (6-3) got the win for St. John's in relief, allowing three runs and four hits in 4.2 inning of work. Iona start Jordan Courage (0-7) was handed the loss, allowing seven runs in 1.1 innings.
The Gaels are back in action Saturday at 12:00 pm when they host Saint Peter's in a MAAC double header.