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Softball: Around the Horn – April 1

Apr 1, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

Another exciting week in CAA Softball … for those teams who could play.  Mother Nature took another hit to the east coast, this time with rain, and shifted a number of games last week.

College of Charleston welcomed James Madison, who was receiving votes in the national polls, to South Carolina and took two of three games from the Dukes. Charleston, the newest member of the CAA now stands atop the league standings with JMU with identical conference records (4-2). If the regular season would end today, CofC would receive the higher seed for the tournament due to the tiebreaker rules as they won two against JMU… but there is a lot more ball to play.

Delaware and UNCW was washed out on Saturday, but they were able to play a pair of games on Sunday. The Blue Hens and the Seahawks split on the day and their third game was cancelled. Due to the amount of rain that traveled through Maryland, the Towson/Hofstra three-game series was a complete wash. Drexel had the weekend off of CAA action.

The Cougars went 2-1 against the Dukes with the help of freshman third baseman Katie Padilla and junior pitcher Hope Klicker, who both earned CAA Softball Weekly Honors. Padilla went 11-for-16 at the plate to help her earn CAA Player of the Week honors. She scored three runs with a double and four RBI on the week, as CofC also swept crosstown rival Charleston Southern in a mid-week match-up. Klicker led the Cougars in the circle with a 3-0 record in three appearances. She tossed a pair of complete games, both coming against CAA foe JMU. Kilicker worked 17.2 innings while fanning 13 batters and walking four. The junior hurler finished with a 1.19 ERA to garner CAA Pitcher of the Week accolades. Joining the CofC duo, was Delaware freshman third baseman Giovanna Kolofer as she earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors helping the Blue Hens to a 2-1 week as they also picked up a non-conference win over Penn.  Kolofer hit .700 (7-for-10) to go along with four RBI and went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts. To read more about these player’s weekly honors, check out the full weekly report on CAASports.com.

Despite the two losses at a tough Charleston home field, the James Madison Dukes continued to receive votes in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll.

A number of the players and the teams held onto their impressive national rankings. 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. CAA stats are updated each day after games are played, check them out on CAASports.com.

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