SEATTLE, WA - The Iona College softball team concluded NCAA Regional play Friday afternoon with an 14-4 loss to Northwestern at Husky Softball Stadium.
In her final contest for the Maroon & Gold, graduate outfielder Eileen McCann led the Gaels offensively, reaching base four times with three hits and one walk to go along with two runs scored. Freshman Ashlyn Morris also recorded a multi-hit effort for Iona.
The Gaels scored their first runs of the Regional in the first inning. Morris reached on a one-out double to left center. McCann followed her sixth home run of the season, and Iona record 33rd of her career to give Iona a 2-0 lead. The two RBI moved McCann's career total to 106, tying her with Liz Hammel for first all-time in the category. She also completes the 2014 campaign with an Iona single season record .432 batting average.
The Wildcats took the lead with four runs in the top of the third. After back-to-back singles opened up the inning, right fielder Andrea DiPrima plated Emily Allard and Mari Majam with a two-run double. DiPrima was then chased home on a single by Anna Edwards. Northwestern scored its final run of the frame on a single by Paige Tonz.
The Gaels answered back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. A trio of walks to junior Allison Hand, McCann and sophomore Sarah Schutz loaded the bases with two outs. Senior Katie Jansson followed with a two-run single to center, evening the contest after three complete.
Northwestern took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth inning. DiPrima plated Allard and Majam once again with an RBI single before Brianna LeBeau delivered a two-run home run to left, giving the Wildcats an 8-4 lead.
The Wildcats added six runs to their total in the sixth inning. DiPrima drove in Allard with an RBI groundout before Majam scored on a fielders choice to third. Edwards followed later in the inning with a three run home run to left field before Tonz lifted a solo homer to center, giving Northwestern a ten-run advantage.
Kristen Wood (19-10) picked up the win for Northwestern, allowing six hits, four runs and five walks while striking out eight. Iona starter Jordan Courage (7-13) was credited with the loss, allowing ten hits, eight runs and one walk over 3.2 innings of work.
Iona concludes its 2014 campaign with an even 24-24 record.