Feb 20, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT
The second week of the 2014 CAA softball season saw plenty of excitement, as every team has now officially began the year. After travel and weather issues caused some teams to re-arrange their initial tournament plans, thankfully, things still worked out across the league.
Hofstra has yet to open its season as their trip to Florida was grounded due to a snow storm that covered a majority of the mid-west and northeast. Delaware was also stuck at home due to the snow. Drexel rescheduled from the Charlotte tournament to play in the East Carolina Tournament and Towson saw a few new opponents at its tournament they were playing in.
James Madison went 4-1 over the weekend at the UCF/Holiday Inn Classic to even its record on the year to 5-5. The Dukes defeated Florida A&M, Middle Tennessee State and Illinois-Chicago twice, before losing a close contest (3-2) to tournament host, UCF. A pair of Dukes, sophomore catcher Erica Field and junior pitcher Heather Kiefer, earned Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, announced by the league on Wednesday. Field was a beast over the weekend, batting .438 at the plate with seven hits and plating three runs. She also led the team with seven RBI on the week, while four of her seven hits were for extra bases, including three doubles and a triple. Kiefer was solid over four appearances for the Dukes, registering a 1.40 ERA. She struck out 12 batters and walked one in her 15 innings of work.
Drexel changed up its season-opening plans and headed to East Carolina for the Priate Snow Classic, however, the Dragons lost all four contests they played in. The College of Charleston enjoyed a 3-2 week which saw the team stay home and host the CofC Classic. A big, 2-0 victory over Ole Miss out of the SEC capped the week. In other action, UNCW first-year Merritt Wilkinson earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors after going 5-for-8 at the plate, batting .625, with four RBI for the Seahawks, who went 3-1 at their own, “Seahawk Invitational”. Finally, Towson went 2-2 over the week to earn a split, though the Tigers impressively downed Purdue (8-0/5 innings) and Virginia, 7-2.
To check out some early season stats between the conference teams and top CAA individual performers, visit CAASports.com.
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