Feb 25, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT
CAA softball teams are back on track as all seven teams were able to play last weekend with mother nature not getting too much in their way. Hofstra opened its season at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, which was the same tournament that College of Charleston and James Madison participated in down in Clearwater, Fla.
The Pride went 4-1 to win the tournament, while James Madison captured a 3-2 record with a victory over then-ranked #20 Louisiana-Lafayette, 3-0. Hofstra junior Morgan Lashley earned Most Valuable Pitcher honors, while teammates Maggie Hawkins (So., IF/P) and Becca Bigler (Sr., IF) joined JMU’s Jailyn Ford (So., P) on the NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament team.
Drexel split on the weekend and junior infielder Leticia Matsuoka led the team as she went 7-for-11 (.636) at the plate, while driving in nine runs and score four. The junior hit perfect against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-for-2) and Central Arkansas (3-for-3). She finished the week with a .750 on base percentage and went 1-1 in stolen base attempts to earn CAA Player of the Week honors.
Hofstra’s Lashley, who earned MVP honors, was named CAA Pitcher of the Week, after earning a 3-0 record in the circle for the Pride. She struck out 13 batters in 19 innings of work and threw a pair of complete games, including a three-hit shutout against Massachusetts. The junior pitcher, who finished the tournament with a 2.58 ERA, helped the Hofstra defense hold its opponents to just seven runs to its 23 during the tournament.
Towson also split on the weekend at the Longwood Spring Classic and was led by freshman Jessica South at the plate. The rookie hit a team-best .667 (8-for-12) during her four starts, including a 3-for-4 outing for her first collegiate career home run and three RBI in Towson’s 11-inning contest against Lafayette. Her efforts on the weekend earned her CAA Rookie of the Week honors as she drew one walk and did not strike out during her 12 at-bats.
To read more about these student-athletes stellar play last week, check out the CAA Softball Weekly Report on CAASports.com.
After Hofstra’s strong outing at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, the Pride earned votes in the most recent USA Today/NFCA Poll on Feb. 25. The Pride was ranked in the Top 25 during the preseason, but dropped out due to not playing the past two weeks.
Now that CAA teams have dipped into three weeks of play, the CAA stats are starting to get plump. Follow along with your favorite CAA softball team and player and check out the stats on CAASports.com.
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