Through 7.0 innings of work, sophomore pitcher Jen Consaul (5-8) allowed just two hits while striking out four batters to secure her fifth win of the season, as the Golden Griffins held on for a 1-0 win over MAAC opponent Iona in the pitcher's duel nightcap of a conference doubleheader on Sunday evening at the Demske Sports Complex. The Griffs opened the day by falling to the Gaels in the first contest, 5-3.
In the nightcap, the teams managed to combine for six hits, including four for the Griffs (10-25, 3-3 MAAC) and two for the Gaels (21-18, 4-2 MAAC). In addition, the two pitchers in the contest, managed to combine for ten strikeouts with Consaul recording four and Iona's Alyssa Maiese registering six.
The Griffs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first of later contest. After senior Lauren Falzone walked to start the inning with fellow senior Katie Lancellotti moving her to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Next up, senior Lizzy Gatto put Falzone into scoring position off a double to left field. With Falzone at third, sophomore Valorie Nappo used another sacrifice bunt to advance the runners.
In the midst of the confusion, Iona allowed Nappo to reach first on a fielder's choice and all the runners to advance with Falzone scoring the eventual game-winning run.
The next six innings belonged to the field and Consaul, as the Griffs forced the Gaels into five three up, three down situations to secure the victory. Not many Gael runners managed to get past first base as Nappo registered 12 putouts.
One of the key plays of the game came in the top of the fourth, as Gatto robbed Iona of a home run with a catch at the fence keeping the Griffs in the lead, 1-0.
In game one, the Griffs were unable to use a late rally to overcome the Gaels' 5-0 lead through six innings. In the final two innings, the Griffs managed to tally three runs to cut into the Gaels' advantage.
With runners at first and second and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, freshman Robin Kennery found the gap in left-center, clearing the bases with a two-RBI double to bring the deficit to 5-2.
Looking for a last chance rally in the bottom of the seventh, freshman Erica Afanador got the Griffs moving with a single. During the next at bat, Afanador successfully stole second. Moving to third off a ground out, Afanador would score off a sacrifice fly by freshman Michelle DelPrince to deep rightfield to pull the Griffs within a pair of runs. The Griffs' hope of a rally would would come to an end on a ground out to short.
Early in the contest, the Griffs found themselves down 3-0 through the top of the second innings after allowing three runs off two hits and two errors.
In the top of the fifth and sixth innings, the Gaels would tally a run in each inning to extend their lead to 5-0.
Senior Caroline Main (3-11) took the loss for the Griffs in 7.0 innings. The senior successfully struckout four Gaels.
The Griffs return to action on Tuesday, April 17 when they travel to Big Four rival St. Bonaventure for a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.