GAME 1: Manhattan 8, Iona 0
The Gaels bat were silenced from the onset in game one; they accumulated just four hits in nineteen at bats in a shortened six inning contest. The hits were gathered by sophomore catcher Tori Danner, junior first basemen Kristen Turner, junior centerfielder Kelsey Long, and senior Christine Costello.
Costello started in the circle for Iona, going 2.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits and one walk. She took the loss, falling to 5-10 on the season. Sophomore Jessica Harkness came in relief and pitched three innings of three run, four hits, three walk ball. Each batter faced 15 batters.
Manhattan scored their eight runs on 10 hits, six of which came with runners on base. The Jaspers were 3-3 batting with a runner on third and less than two outs.
Leadoff hitter, right fielder Shannon Puthe had three hits and two runs scored. Junior Jenn Vasquez had two hits in the third spot, driving in one run while crossing the plate once herself. The true offensive force was freshman Alexa Dawid who had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored.
Sophomore Briana Matazinsky stood on the rubber and stifled the Maroon & Gold bats. She went the distance, allowing just five base runners.
Iona’s best chance to score came in the sixth after Long ground-rule doubled to put runners on second and third. The threat ended when sophomore right fielder Courtney Miller line out to the third basemen.
GAME 2: Manhattan 8, Iona 0
The Jaspers got out in front early in game two, putting up a three spot in the bottom half of the first against senior pitcher Carly Argyle. After retiring the leadoff hitter, the Gael hurler saw trouble spell out when freshman Lauren Pitney doubled to left field, bringing home two two-out runs. The third run of the first came off a single to right field off the bat of junior shortstop Stephanie Reinhardt.The Maroon & Gold bats could not muster up enough muscle for a second consecutive game; senior Erin Hamm was strong in the circle for Manhattan, throwing a complete game five-inning shutout. Iona had just four hits again; junior shortstop Katie Newton, junior left fielder Ashlyn Morris, and Danner were the lone members of the order to reach base.
Manhattan tacked on another run in the second and fourth inning. Come the final fifth inning, the game-ending three run rally began with a leadoff walk and error by the Gaels. Matazinsky drove home the eighth run of the game with a single to left field, bringing home Puthe.
Argyle allowed five earned runs in the 4.2 innings of work, seeing her six walks cause trouble on the bases.
With the pair of losses, Iona now sits at 7-11 in MAAC play.
The Gaels season comes to an end on Saturday, May 7 on the road against the Fairfield Stags.