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Softball: Around the Horn – Apr. 15

Apr 15, 2014, 3:20 PM EST

Every CAA softball team is getting a chance to challenge each another in conference play this season.  James Madison leads the league with a 9-3 CAA mark, as they took three from a tough Hofstra squad, but then gave a pair up at College of Charleston and one to Drexel. CofC and Hofstra follow at 5-4 and Delaware is in fourth place with a 5-6 record in CAA action.  UNCW and Drexel each have three wins and Towson won a pair against Delaware just this past weekend.  Lots of games to be played before the CAA Championship.

Helping Hofstra earn two of three against CofC this past weekend, was Chloe Fitzgerald as she led the team at the plate with a .471 batting average. The sophomore outfielder earned CAA Softball Player of the Week after recording at least one base hit in every game of the five game week (8-for-17).

Teammate Taylor Pirone shared CAA Softball Pitcher of the Week honors with Towson’s Missy McCormick. Pirone went 3-1 in the circle for the Pride after tossing 26.1 innings in five appearances (three complete games and two relief outings) and struck out 16 batters. McCormick opened the week tossing the program’s first perfect game in Towson school history during a 7-0 win over Temple. She tossed 28.0 innings on the week (five appearances), while fanning 19 batters and walking two. Pirone posted a 1.06 ERA on the week, while McCormick recorded a 1.25 ERA in her five appearances.

James Madison’s Madyson Moran picked up her second CAA Rookie of the Week after hitting safely in four of the five outings with a .667 batting average (8-for-12). She scored a run in all five contests and hit four of her five doubles this season on the week.

To read more about these weekly honorees, check out CAASports.com.

James Madison, which posted an upset win over nationally-ranked Oregon earlier this year and a conference sweep of CAA perennial powerhouse Hofstra, continues to receive votes in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll.

National stats came out today and this week’s Player of the Week honoree, Chloe Fitzgerald ranks eighth among all Division I players in triples (0.13/game). JMU’s Taylor Newton ranks 11th in sacrifice flies (4), and Hofstra’s Becca Bigler ranks 11th in the hit by pitch category (0.43/game). As a team, the Dukes of JMU are ranked 16th with an ERA of 1.83, while Hofstra follows closely at 2oth (1.88).