CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Iona softball team completed play at Carolina Classic Sunday afternoon with a pair of losses. In game one, the Gaels fell 11-1 to Iowa State in five innings before falling to North Carolina 6-2 in the weekend finale.
In the opener, Iowa State scored on all four of innings, beginning with a run in the first before putting two across in the bottom of the second when UNC scored two on an Iona infield error.
The Gaels cracked the scoreboard in the top of the second on a home run by sophomore Carly Argyle.
The game was blown open with a pair of four run innings in the third and fourth inning. Madeline Reese drove in two with an RBI double to plate the third and fourth runs of the third inning. In the fourth Reese drove in two more with a double to left center following a two run single by Aly Cappaert.
The Cyclones posted three runs through two innings, including a first inning RBI, marking the ninth time this season Iowa State has scored in the opening frame.
Freshman Jordan Courage suffered the loss for the Gaels, allowing four hits and four runs, two earned, in two innings. Smith tallied her first complete game of the season, allowing a lone run on two hits and a walk while striking out two.
Against the host Tar Heels, North Carolina set the tone with three runs in the bottom of the first. Constance Orr got the scoring with an RBI single before Tracy drove in two with a double.
Iona got on the board in the top of the third inning on a solo home run by senior Eileen McCann before UNC responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Orr plated two with a home run to center. The Tar Heels added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth off a solo shot to center by Paige Williams.
Iona had a chance to trim the lead in the fifth, but left the bases loaded before scoring its second run of the day in the top of the sixth on a bases loaded walk by sophomore Allison Hand.
Freshman Christine Costello took the loss for Iona, allowing six runs and nine hits over six innings. UNC's Ashley Bone recorded two strikeouts while giving up five hits in two innings for the win.
The team now sits 2-6 overall in the early season and next plays Friday at the Towson University Tournament in Maryland.