NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College softball team bounced back from a loss the day earlier with a sweep of a non-conference doubleheader with Lafayette Wednesday afternoon at Rice Oval. In game one, the Gaels rode a shutout by senior Alyssa Maiese to a 4-0 win before a pair of three run innings proved to be the difference in an 8-2 game two victory.
After stranding three runners throught the first three innings, the Gaels broke through with a run in the fourth.With one out, freshman RF Katie Jansson reached on an infield error by the Leopards. Jansson would steal second and score when junior 1B Allyssa James lined a 1-1 pitched to left to put Iona ahead 1-0.
After retiring Lafayette in order in the top of the fifth, Iona would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the frame. Junior 3B Chelsea Sheehan led off with a single up the middle. Junior SS Deanne Algeo went up to sacrifice but reached on another Lafayette error with Sheehan moving to third on the play. With sophomore DP Eileen McCann at the dish, Algeo would steal second with the throw to second allowing Sheehan to score from third. McCann would single to left to put runners on the corners before sophomore CF Jodi Petersen drove in the second run of the inning with a groundout to short and the Gaels lead was now 3-0.
The Gaels put their final run across in the sixth. Senior C Melanie Gettins singled up the middle to led off the frame and was pinch run for by senior Tierney Markou. With one walk, senior LF Erin Kyle walked to put runners on first and second. With Sheehan at the plate, a wild pitch moved each runner up a base. Sheehan would then single to right field to drive in Markou to push the Iona lead to the 4-0 final.
Maiese got the win, going the full seven and allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out nine. Lauren Hasson took the loss for Lafayette, allowing three runs, all unearned in five innings.
In game two, the Leopards got on the board in the first on a RBI sacrifice bunt by Stacey Kushner. The Gaels came back in the bottom of the inning with three runs. With one out, McCann walked and moved to second ona passed ball. Petersen walked and the two moved up on a wild pitch. A single by Maiese drove in McCann with the first Iona run. Petersen would come in from third as another pitch got away from the Lafayette battery. A ground out would move Maiese to third, who would come down the line on a wild pitch.
In the third, Iona would put across another run. Maiese singled to right field and was pinch run for by junior Melanie Hay. Jansson followed with a single to put runners on first and second. A single by Gettins would load the bases. With one out, Sheehan would drive in Hay with an RBI fielder's choice to second.
The Gaels would put three more across in the fifth. Maiese singled with an infield single. Jansson would reach on a Lafayette error before Gettins blasted her third home run of the season to left center. Iona added their final run of the game in the sixth. Markou pinch hit and singled to short. With one out and Markou on second, Maiese singled up the middle to drive in the eighth Iona run.
Lafayette would score their second run in the seventh on an RBI ground out by first baseman Madeline Allen.
Algeo went the distance for Iona, allowing three hits and two runs in seven innings. Emily Noel took the loss for Lafayette, allowing three runs in 0.2 innings.
The Gaels are back in action Saturday when they host Maine at Rice Oval for a non-conference double dip, beginning at 1:00 pm.