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McCann, Turner Headline Softball All-MAAC Honorees

          Release: 05/07/2014
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FAIRFIELD, CT - Iona College softball graduate outfielder Eileen McCann was named the 2014 MAAC Player of the Year, and was one of five Iona players to earn All-MAAC recognition, the conference announced Wednesday evening at the 2014 MAAC Softball Awards Show.

Additionally, freshman first baseman Kristen Turner was named the 2014 MAAC Rookie of the Year, while head coach Melissa Inouye was recognized as the Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year.

McCann and Turner earned All-MAAC First Team selections, while junior pitcher Carly Argyle, junior outfielder Allison Hand and junior shortstop Brianna Schauer were named to the All-MAAC Second Team.

McCann led the MAAC with a career high .400 batting average during the regular season. She also ranked third in the league with a .650 slugging percentage and a .475 on base percentage, and tied for second with four triples. McCann collected 40 hits and scored 28 runs for the Maroon & Gold, to go along with five home runs and 24 runs batted in. McCann returned for her final year as a Gael after being sidelined with a neck injury 16 games into last season.

McCann is Iona's all-time leader in home runs with 32, recently began the program's career leader in runs scored and tied the all-time hits record in the Gaels' opening contest of the 2014 MAAC Softball Championship Wednesday afternoon.

Inserted into the cleanup spot on opening day, Turner started all 41 games for Iona and collected a .344 batting average.  She led the MAAC with an Iona single-season record 50 runs batted in and had a .688 slugging percentage. She ranked second in the conference with 11 home runs, tying an Iona freshman record, and tied for second with 86 total bases.

Argyle collected a career high 12 wins for the Maroon & Gold in 2014, to go along with 119 strikeouts in 130.1 innings pitched.  She pitched to a 2.55 earned run average in league play and earned nine of Iona's 14 MAAC victories.

In 41 games during the regular season, Hand posted a career high .343 batting average to go along with eight home runs, second on the team, and 27 runs batted in. She hit .356 in league play with a team best six home runs and 19 runs batted in. Her 26 hits in conference play led the MAAC.

Schauer hit a career best .325 in 2014 with two home runs, 16 runs batted in and a career high 24 runs scored. She hit .407 in conference play, second best on the team, while collecting 24 hits and scoring 13 runs.

Inouye, in her second season at the helm of the Gaels, took a team that was picked sixth in the preseason and led them to a third-place finish with a 14-6 record, just two games behind first-place. Last year, in her first season, Inouye guided the Gaels to a 9-7 mark in league play and a fourth place finish.

Additionally, seven members of the squad were named to the 2014 MAAC Softball All-Academic Team. McCann and Schauer were recognized along with senior Katie Jansson and sophomores Christine Costello, Jordan Courage, Sydney Dimon and Sarah Schutz.

To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.

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