Mar 25, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT
Conference play began and an exciting start it was. James Madison became the first school in CAA history to sweep Hofstra in a series. It was just Hofstra’s third series lost in CAA action. College of Charleston played in its inaugural CAA series as they took two of three from Delaware and UNCW went 2-1 against Drexel. Towson will open league play this upcoming weekend.
Rookie Power: The weekly honors were taken over by a trio of rookies this week as James Madison’s Taylor Newton was named CAA Softball Player of the Week, College of Charleston’s Samantha Martin earned CAA Softball Pitcher of the Week and UNCW’s Lauren Moore collected CAA Softball Rookie of the Week. Newton led the Dukes to a sweep of Hofstra while hitting .625 (5-for-8) in her three starts with a double and three homers. Martin earned Pitcher honors after leading the Cougars to a 2-1 mark against Delaware in their first CAA outing as a conference member. The freshman hurler made two appearances and finished with a perfect ERA after 7.2 innings pitched while fanning 10 batters and walking just one. Martin gave up just five hits, all singles. Leading the Seahawks was rookie Moore, as she helped UNCW go 3-2 on the week, including 2-1 in conference action versus Drexel. The freshman went .500 at the plate with six hits, including a double and a RBI and scored four runs. She also went 4-of-4 on stolen bases. To read more about the trio of award winning rookies, check out the CAA Softball Weekly Report.
High in the stat rankings: Towson ranks 6th in doubles per game averaging 1.77 per outing. Drexel’s Laticia Matsuoka ranks second among all Division I individuals with 0.50 doubles per game, while Towson’s Missy McCormick ranks 6th in RBI per game putting up 1.33 per outing. Matsuoka leads the nation as the toughest to strike out as she has not earned a “K” yet this season. The full listing of CAA players and teams ranked in the Top 50 in the NCAA can be found in the weekly report or the full list can be found on NCAA.com.
James Madison, with a recent upset win over nationally-ranked Oregon and a conference sweep of Hofstra, sits at the cusp of the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll receiving 28 votes and are the first out of the Top 25. The Dukes also earned votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll on March 25, as they had 16 votes.
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