Iona scored five runs in the fifth inning to rally back from a 5-2 deficit and take the eventual 8-5 win over the Presbyterian College softball team in action Sunday afternoon at the USC Upstate/Furman Classic held Feb. 18-19, in Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C.
How It Happened
A walk and back to back PC errors loaded the bases for Iona in the top of the second, with Marisa Gergel singling through the right side to bring in two runs, giving Iona a 2-0 lead.
Blaire Miller opened the bottom of the third with a walk. Pinch runner Jonnie Petree stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Courtney White blooped a single to first but a throwing error by the Iona first baseman enabled Petree to score PC’s first run of the game. Presley Bissett singled to right, plating White, while Hope Rogers laced a double to right, bringing home Bissett. Bissett came home the next at-bat off a Megan Anderson single and PC opened up a 4-2 lead.
Blaire Miller added a run in the bottom of the fourth with her fourth career home run, this one sailing over the left field wall.
Iona made it 5-3 in the top of the fifth after a PC throwing error plated Katie Newton, who was on third off a triple earlier in the inning. The Gaels picked up back to back singles after that to load the bases. Kim Chiapparelli followed it up with a grand slam to give Iona the sudden 7-5 lead.
Tori Danner made it 8-5 with a solo home run in the top of the seventh. PC went down in order in the bottom of the seventh to give Iona the 8-5 win.
Blaire Miller’s 14 putouts is tied for second in PC’s record book
Iona recorded eight runs off eight hits, with one error, while PC scored five runs off six hits, with five errors.
Marnie Skinner (1-2) threw a complete game for the win, giving up five runs off six hits, while striking out five. Alex Cook (0-2) pitched 6.0 innings, surrendering seven runs, one earned, off five hits, while striking out a season-high six.
For the Record
PC falls to 2-7 on the season, while Iona moves to 2-3.
After a 1 p.m., game against USC Upstate Sunday afternoon, PC heads to Charleston, S.C., Feb. 24-26, to take part in the Willie Jewell’s Invitational on the campus of Charleston Southern. The Blue Hose face Maryland-Eastern Shore Friday at 9 a.m., and Boise State at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday’s action includes a 1 p.m., game against S.C. State each day.
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