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For softball, this is the best start to the season in over five years.

Iona softball starts strong, baseball begins on bad note

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor April 8, 2021

The Iona College baseball and softball teams started their early seasons on opposite notes as they approach the middle of the competition.  The softball team has secured an 8-4 record by their fourth...

Paul Panik joined the Gaels in 2018, with his second season being cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. // Photo courtesy of icgaels.com

Paul Panik discusses relationship with MLB brother

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor October 1, 2020

Iona College men’s baseball coach Paul Panik grew up in a home surrounded by baseball. He and his brother, Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Joe Panik, would come home after school from basketball...

Senior Mario Ferraioli earned the NCAA Player of the Week award right after his no-hitter versus Quinnipiac.

Enjoying the game important for Ferraioli after injury

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor February 20, 2020

Iona College senior Mario Ferraioli is going into his last season of college baseball with the primary goal of having fun with the sport. Ferraioli has played baseball since he was 5 years old, where...

Head Coach Paul Panik led the Gaels to a 14-38 record in his first season at the helm.

Competition within team will help overall quality: Panik

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor February 1, 2020

The Iona College baseball team aims to focus on internal competition to improve the overall play of the Gaels this season. The addition of eight freshmen plus the return of senior Mario Ferraioli after...

The Gaels have a total of 36 players, adding more depth to the team this season.

Influx of freshmen help refresh men’s baseball team

Daniel Abbate, Staff Writer November 14, 2019

The Iona baseball team starts their season soon, and the Gaels are looking forward to improving their 14-38 record from last season. The team will start the new season with hopes to bounce back from...

Tim Cluess has lead the Gaels to four straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships and is the only coach to have done so.

Preparation, experience to help Gaels through season

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor October 31, 2019

The Iona College men’s basketball team has performed well in the past four seasons and hopes to win their fifth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship this season with the help of streamlined...

Junior Brian Picone has 13 runs and 21 hits this season.

Iona looks to push through tough season as conference play begins

Will Schneiderhan, Staff Writer April 16, 2019

The Iona College baseball team has had to battle through a lot of ups and downs throughout a tough 2019 campaign. The Gaels’ 8-26 record lands near the bottom of the MAAC rankings, just above Saint Peter’s...

Iona won its first game of the season against Hofstra.

Iona baseball struggles during opening road trip

Will Schneiderhan, Staff Writer March 14, 2019

The Iona College baseball team (1-11) finally jumped into the win column after beating Hofstra 4-2 on March 8. Sophomore pitcher Chris Dodrill started and pitched well. Outside of his six walks allowed,...

Iona senior Fran Kinsey had a .240 batting average in 2018.

Paul Panik emphasizes patience heading into first baseball season as head coach

Will Schneiderhan Staff Writer February 15, 2019

While some coaches may set their sights to the future and curtail reduce their messages towards winning it all at the end of the year, Paul Panik – who is entering his first season as the new Iona Baseball...

Mariano Rivera visited Iona College in 2017 to talk about how religion played a strong role in his baseball career.

Mariano Rivera becomes first player to be unanimously voted into MLB Hall of Fame

Will Schneiderhan, Staff Writer January 30, 2019

Former New York Yankees closer and all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera became the first player in MLB history to be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame on Jan. 22.Rivera received the one call baseball...

Iona baseball head coach Paul Panik (above) is the brother of San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik

New Iona baseball coach Paul Panik talks personal experience, coaching philosophy

Will Schneiderhan Staff Writer September 5, 2018

When you walk into the office of Paul Panik, you will find that it is very neat and the temperature is cool. His office serves as an ultimate reflection of himself— calm and cool, with everything in...

The senior infielder supports a .373 batting average this season.

Sean Scales molds game after role models

Will Schneiderhan Staff Writer April 19, 2018

Iona College senior infielder Sean Scales grew up admiring former MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra, who slashed his way to the American League batting title in 2000 when he was with the Boston Red Sox. Scales...

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