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Evans Named To NFCA Great Lakes Region Third Team

          Release: 05/18/2017
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LOUISVILLE, KY – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced that 667 student-athletes from 175 programs have received 2017 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades.  The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association's 10 regions with first, second and third team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2017 NFCA Division I All-American squads.

Sophomore Alana Evans of Iona College is a member of the Great Lakes Region Third Team. 

After throwing just 25 innings as a rookie, the Gael ace stepped up her game in her sophomore season.  Evans was voted the 2017 MAAC Pitcher of the Year and an All-MAAC First Team selection.  She finished the season throwing 161.1 innings, earning a 2.73 ERA and a conference-high 17 wins.  Her victory total is tied for fourth in single Iona season.  Starting in 23 games, Evans threw 16 complete games and five shutouts.

Over the course of the season, Evans has already entered Iona's all-time record books with 184 strikeouts, ninth most in program history.  Her 0.98 strikeout per inning average ranks third all-time behind just Sarah Jackson ('12) and Becky Riccitelli (1.18).

Evans had the ninth-highest strikeout total in a single season with 152.  She appeared in 30 games, ninth-most all-time in a single season.

Evans threw his first collegiate no-hitter on Saturday, Apr. 15 against Monmouth.  That week she earned one of her three MAAC Pitcher of the Week merits.

She is joined on the Great Lakes Region Third Team team by Siena College first basemen Madysen Cossack.  Marist outfielder Janna Korack earns First Team honors in the Northeast Region and her teammates Brandi Coon and Gabrielle Kelliher took home Second Team distinction.  In the same Northeast Region, Manhattan pitcher Nicole Williams was voted onto the Second Team and second basemen Lauren Pitney took the third team.  MAAC Champion Fairfield has its third basemen Courtney Hankins on the Second Team while outfielder Amanda Ulzheimer earns Third Team honors.

Iona finished the season with a 27-24 overall record.  It's the program's highest overall win total since 2012 when the program wont a program-record 35 games.  Head Coach Melissa Inouye led the team to winning its first ever national postseason game against Campbell in the first game of the Lynchburg, VA regional as part of the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship.

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