FAIRFIELD, CT - The Iona College softball team claimed its fourth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship in the last five seasons with a 8-0 five inning victory over Manhattan College in the deciding game of the 2014 MAAC Softball Championship.
Junior hurler Carly Argyle led the Gaels in the circle, pitching a complete game one-hitter against the Jaspers lineup, earning Tournament MVP honors.
In four appearances, Argyle went 3-0 in the championship, pitching to a 2.41 earned run average with 15 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. At the plate, she batted .462 with six hits, four runs scored and two runs batted in.
Sophomore Sarah Schutz led the Gaels offensively, going 3-3 with five runs batted in and two runs scored in the contest. Following a two-run double in the first inning, Schutz delivered a game changing three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that put the Maroon & Gold ahead 6-0. Two batters later, junior shortshop Brianna Schauer ended the contest with a two-run home run to left field.
The Gaels collected ten hits on the day, including two from senior Katie Jansson, who earned MAAC Championship All-Tournament Team recognition along with Schutz, Argyle and graduate outfielder Eileen McCann. Over the five game championship, McCann led the Gaels with a .538 batting verage and .667 on-base percentage, collecting seven hits, scoring a team best five runs and driving in two.
A day after Manhattan starter Danielle Gabriel allowed just two hits to the Iona lineup, the Gaels connected for three runs and three hits off the freshman hurler in her 0.2 innings of work.
After being kept off the scoreboard for three innings by Manhattan reliever Amy Bright, Iona pushed across the five deciding runs in the fifth inning on four hits. Pinch hitter Ashlyn Morris drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a single to center by freshman Kristen Turner. Schutz then delivered the three run homer to left. After a single by Jansson, Schauer ended the game with her third home run of the year on a 1-0 pitch.
The Maroon & Gold will learn its NCAA Regionals fate Sunday evening at 10:00 pm, when the NCAA bracket is releaved during the Selection Show on ESPNU.