NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Less than twelve hours after claiming the program's sixth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship, the Iona College softball team found out it NCAA Regional landing spot.
On Thursday, May 15, the Maroon & Gold will travel to Seattle, WA to take on the University of Washington. The Gaels and Huskies will be facing for the first time ever in the contest. Joining the two in the region are BYU and Northwestern.
Washington, ranked eighth in the most recent ESPN.com/USA Softball College Top 25 Poll, earned the 12th seed in the tournament. The Huskies posted a 33-13 record this season, and a 13-9 mark in Pac-12 play.
The Gaels claimed their fourth MAAC title in the last five seasons with a 8-0 five inning victory over Manhattan College in the deciding game Sunday afternoon.
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.
Game time is TBA at the moment and will be released once available.