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THREE SOFTBALL DUKES GARNER ALL-STATE HONORS
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:06/18/2010
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HARRISONBURG, Va., June 18, 2010 - Three James Madison softball players were named to the 2010 University Division All-State squad on Friday as announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID).

Junior catcher Katie Spitzer (Broadway, Va./Broadway), sophomore shortstop Ashley Burnham (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) and freshman outfielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) were each named second-team All-State by a vote of the state's Sports Information Directors.

JMU's three selections were the third most in program history, finishing one shy of the 2009 and 2007 teams.  Radford led all teams with seven selections including Player of the Year Kristen Shifflett.  Highlanders' head coach Mickey Dean was named the organization's Coach of the Year after leading RU to a 38-17 record and its second consecutive Big South championship.

Burnham, the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, claimed her third postseason award of the year after being named first-team All-CAA and second-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-region.  The rising junior hit .311 with a conference-leading 38 runs scored in 57 games started.  Burnham added nine doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 26 RBIs, 13 walks and 10 steals, all while batting leadoff for Madison.  Her nine home runs tied with Spitzer (2010) and Jenn Chavez (2007) for the second-most in school history.  Defensively, she set a school record with 152 assists, while committing just nine errors for a .966 fielding percentage.  Burnham has started all 108 games of her JMU career, ranking her fourth on JMU's all-time list of consecutive games started.

Spitzer, a second-team All-CAA selection, hit .297 with 25 runs and a team-high 30 RBIs.  The rising senior added six doubles, one triple, nine home runs, nine walks and two steals.  Her 13 career home runs ranks fifth on JMU's all-time list and is four shy of Amber Kirk (2006-09) for second.  Defensively, Spitzer recorded 181 putouts, 23 assists and just three errors for a .986 fielding percentage and threw out eight would-be base stealers.

Butler led the Dukes with a .354 batting average and tied for the team lead with 57 hits.  The first-team All-CAA and All-Rookie team selection, also led the team with 17 steals and was second with 10 doubles.  She added one triple, one home run, seven RBIs and 10 walks.  Her .354 average ranks fifth on the school's single-season list.

With its three honorees in 2010, the Dukes have now had 14 All-State selections in its nine-year history.

Virginia's Melanie Mitchell received Pitcher of the Year honors, while Longwood's Brooke Short was named the Rookie of the Year.

2010 VaSID Player of the Year:  Kristen Shifflett, Radford
2010 VaSID Pitcher of the Year:  Melanie Mitchell, Virginia
2010 VaSID Rookie of the Year:  Brooke Short, Longwood
2010 VaSID Coach of the Year:  Mickey Dean, Radford

VaSID All-State First Team

C - Sarah Himan, Radford
1B - Kayle West, Liberty
2B - Nichole Beall, Radford
3B - J'nea Jefferson, Liberty
SS - Kristen Shifflett, Radford
OF - Hope Creasy, Radford
OF - Shannon Keefe, Radford
OF - Sarah Tacke, Virginia
DP/UTL - Brooke Short, Longwood
P - Melanie Mitchell, Virginia
P - Tiffany Smith, Liberty

VaSID All-State Second Team

C - Katie Spitzer, JMU
1B - Michelle Beall, Radford
2B - Cassie Hendrix, Liberty
3B - Kelsei Saunders, Hampton
SS - Ashley Burnham, JMU
OF - Jasmine Butler, JMU
OF - Camille Ketsdever, Longwood
OF - Kami Nuckols, Longwood
DP/UTL - Nichole Koren, Virginia
P - Chelsea Kelley, Radford
P - Briana Wells, Longwood

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