Mar 4, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT
Hofstra and College of Charleston headlined a big week in CAA softball which saw the league own a overall 20-4 mark versus non-conference foes. The Pride went 5-0 and captured the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament, while CofC went 7-0 — moving to 12-7 on the year — and won the UCF Tournament. Also around the league, Delaware went 3-1 at the Norfolk State Spartan Classic and James Madison went 3-1 at its own JMU Invitational. UNCW enjoyed a successful home tournament, grabbing a 3-2 record, though Drexel and Towson both had contests altered or cancelled due to poor weather and travel conditions.
The biggest news out of the week, besides the surprisingly high amount of no-hitters in the CAA, was Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards remarkably winning his 900th career coaching game. Learn more about the historic win and Edwards’ career wins list by clicking here.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kim Smith • Hofstra
Georgetown, Del./Sussex Technical, So., Infielder
Smith received CAA Softball Player of the Week honors after providing plenty of offensive consistency for the Pride over a solid, 5-0 week. The sophomore batted .588, plating four runs, scoring three times and adding six extra-base hits over 17 total at-bats. She also stole two bases and registered a .611 on-base percentage. The Pride improved to 10-1 on the season, their second-best start ever, while Smith had a hit in each contest played last week, including four muli-hit games.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Valerie Casell • College of Charleston
Edison, N.J./Edison, So., Pitcher
Casell was named CAA Pitcher of the Week after tossing her first career no-hitter in a convincing, 10-0 victory over South Carolina State. Casell had a perfect game bid until a fielding error in the final inning, but held on for the no-hitter by inducing a 1-6-3 game-ending double-play. Over the week, the New Jersey native finished 2-0 with a 1.14 ERA to go along with 15 strikeouts and just two earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings pitched. Thanks in part to their stellar start to the week, the Cougars went 7-0 and now sit at 12-7 on the season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Carolyn Szymanski • Delaware
Middletown, Del./Caraval, Fr., Pitcher
Szymanski earned CAA Rookie of the Week as she led the Blue Hens to a 3-1 record. The freshman hit .625 and drove in eight runs on two doubles and two home runs, and on the rubber, tossed a no-hitter in a 8-0 win over Monmouth. Versus the Hawks on Sunday in Game 1 of a double-header, Szymanski hit a solo shot and drove in two more runs, while fanning nine batters en route to the no-hitter. In Game 2, she played another huge role, accounting for the go-ahead two-run double as UD beat Norfolk State, 3-2.
PERFECT WEEK: Two CAA squads went undefeated last week — College of Charleston (7-0) and Hofstra (5-0). The Cougars started the week with a sweep of South Carolina State, then ran through the UCF Tournament with five more victories, including a 1-0 win over the host Knights. Fr. P Sam Martin went 2-0 with a 0.51 ERA, limiting foes to a .196 batting average. Hofstra cruised in the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament, winning five games, three of which came in convincing shutout
forms. So. 3B Kim Smith hit a whopping .588, with four RBI, six extra base hits and registered a hit in every game played. The Pride’s 10-1 start is the team’s second-best in program history.
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