Courtesy: Jim Newton

Iona Softball Earns First-Ever National Postseason Victory in NISC Opener

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  May 16, 2017

Iona College – 3 | Campbell University – 2

2017 National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC) – Game One

Liberty Softball Stadium

Lynchburg, VA

Score by Innings       1 2 3 4 5 6 7    R H E

Iona                             0 0 2 1 0 0 0    3  7  0

Campbell                    0 0 0 0 0 1 1    2  3  2

Iona College (27-22, 15-5 MAAC) defeated Campbell University (29-28, 13-8 Big South), 3-2, to earn its first-ever national postseason victory in program history. The last MAAC member institution to win a national postseason game was Canisius College. The Griffs defeated Long Island University, 3-2, in the 2008 NCAA Championship. With the victory, the Gaels advanced to play in their second game of the day against Ohio University in the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC).

2017 MAAC Pitcher of the Year, sophomore Alana Evans (17-6) earned the win. She tossed a complete game, her 16th of the season. Evans allowed two runs, earned, on three hits. She struck out two and walked eight.

Sophomore outfielder Marisa Gergel drove in the game's first run with a single to centerfield that scored sophomore infielder Hailey Thompson in the top of the third inning. Later in the top of the third inning, junior catcher Tori Danner walked with the bases loaded to bring home senior outfielder Ashlyn Morris. In the top of the fourth inning, Thompson singled home freshman infielder Jasmine Temple.

Thompson went 3-3 on the day with an RBI and a run scored. All three of Thompson's hits were singles. Senior infielder Kristen Turner went 1-4 and Gergel was 1-4 with a single and a RBI.

Evans limited the Camels to just three hits on the afternoon. Campbell hit .222 (2-9) with two outs, .067 (1-15) with runners on base, and .111 (1-9) with runners in scoring position.

The Camels scored their first run of the game in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by senior Bailey Bjorson. Campbell cut the Gaels lead to 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Melissa Tullar. Evans retired Taesha DuBoise to seal the Gaels' victory.

Ohio University – 5 | Iona College – 1

2017 National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC) – Game Two  

Liberty Softball Stadium

Lynchburg, VA

Score by Innings       1 2 3 4 5 6 7    R H E

Iona                             0 0 0 0 0 0 1    1  1  1

Ohio                            0 0 2 0 3 0 X   5  9  3

Ohio University (40-16, 17-7 Mid-American) defeated Iona College (27-23, 15-5 MAAC), 5-1, in the second game of the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC). The Gaels play their third game of the national postseason tournament tomorrow, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. with their opponent to be determined.

Gaels' starter freshman Marnie Skinner (8-10) took loss in 5.1 innings of work. The freshman allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits. She struck out two and walked three. Junior Jessica Harkness pitched 0.2 innings in relief and recorded a strikeout.  

Iona scored its lone run of the contest in the top of the seventh inning on an error committed by Ohio. The Gaels recorded one hit in the game, a leadoff single in the top of the first inning by senior outfielder Ashlyn Morris.

The Bobcats scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third inning on a single by Natalie Alvarez. They would tack on another run in the inning on an error committed by Iona's senior infielder Katie Newton. In the bottom of the fifth, Ohio scored three runs. Alvarez drove in her second run of the day with a single to leftfield. Danielle Stiene followed with a two-out single to left-centerfield that plated two.

Ohio recorded nine hits in the win and hit .357 (5-14) with runners on base and .333 (3-9) with two outs. Bobcats' starter Savannah Jo Dorsey tossed 6.0 innings of one-hit ball. She struck out seven and walked two en route to her 24th victory of the season.  

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Regional hosts are Pacific, Weber State, Illinois State, Lamar, Georgia State, and Liberty. Each double-elimination regional concludes play Thursday, May 18; the six-team Championship Round, also double elimination, will run May 21-24 at a host site to be determined.

The 15 Automatic Qualifiers are the teams with the best regular-season record in their respective conferences that are not playing in the 64-team NCAA Tournament. Six of these teams finished first in their conference for the regular season (Liberty, Iona, Illinois State, IUPUI, Ohio and Weber State). The seven National RPI selections all ranked in the top 100 nationally; at-large teams were selected off their body of work. 17 of the teams selected won 30 or more games this season.


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