HEMPSTEAD, NY – The Iona College softball team lost both ends of a midweek doubleheader to Hofstra Wednesday afternoon at Hofstra Softball Stadium. The Pride took the first game 15-0, before posting a 16-1 victory in the finale of the day.
The Gaels were held to just three hits during the two games; a pair of singles by sophomore Ashlyn Morris and a late home run by senior Allison Hand in game two.
In the opener, Hofstra scored the only runs it would need in the first, putting two on the board on a single by Brittany Allocca.
The Pride posted five runs in the second inning on a solo home run by Michaela Transue and a grand slam by Caryn Bailey. Lacey Clark hit Hofstra’s third home run of the game to lead off a three-run third inning, before Hofstra posted five more runs in the fifth inning.
Morgan Lashley (10-1) picked up the win for the Pride, allowing just one hit and one walk in seven innings. Iona’s lone hit came in the third inning on a single by Morris. Redshirt sophomore Christine Costello (1-3) was charged with the loss for the Gaels.
In game two, Hofstra recorded 11 hits and connected on four home runs, including three during an 11-run second inning. The Pride pushed five more across in the third, capped by a homer by Megan Patierno.
Iona cracked the scoreboard for the first time in the top of the fifth inning, when Hand connected on her third home run of the season.
Taylor Pirone (7-6) was credited with the victory for Hofstra, striking out seven batters in 4.0 innings of work. Junior Jordan Courage (1-7) suffered the loss for the Gaels.
Iona resumes MAAC play Saturday afternoon at Rider (1:00 pm).