HARRISONBURG, Va., June 14, 2013 – James Madison freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) was named the Virginia Sports Information Directors Pitcher and Rookie of the Year and head coach Mickey Dean claimed Coach of the Year as VaSID announced its University Division State Softball awards on Friday.
Ford and Dean highlighted 10 awards claimed by JMU. The Dukes had a state-best seven players honored, including four on the VaSID All-State First Team. Joining Ford on the First Team were sophomore first baseman Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg), senior outfielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) and sophomore pitcher Heather Kiefer (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls).
Junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt), sophomore outfielder Morgan Heath (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) and freshman catcher Erica Field (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) were placed on the Second Team.
Ford is the second player in program history to be named the VaSID Pitcher of the Year joining Meredith Felts (2006-09) in 2009. She is also the first JMU player to be named the Rookie of the Year. Ford went 24-6 with a 1.61 ERA, nine shutouts and 23 complete games in 33 appearances. The left-hander struck out 209 and limited opponents to a .177 batting average against in 191 innings pitched. Offensively, Ford hit .373 with 11 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs, 49 RBIs, 38 runs 15 walks and nine stolen bases. She set 18 individual records during her first season in Harrisonburg on her way to being named First Team NFCA All-Region, First Team All-CAA and the CAA Rookie of the Year.
Dean picked up his third career VaSID Coach of the Year honor after winning it in 2009 and 2010 at Radford. He helped guide JMU to a program-record 42 wins (42-17 overall) and 18 CAA victories (18-3 conference record) in his first season at Madison. The Dukes earned the program’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and picked up the first NCAA Tournament win with a 5-0 victory over Longwood in the Knoxville Regional.
Mooney, the CAA Player of the Year and an NFCA First Team All-Region honoree, orchestrated one of the best offensive seasons in school history by hitting .400 with a .743 slugging percentage and a .448 on-base percentage. She added school records with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs to go with 45 runs, nine doubles, 17 walks and 16 stolen bases. The Huntersville, N.C., native became the second player since 2006 to win the CAA Triple Crown while starting at five positions in the field for the Dukes. In CAA play, Mooney raised her game by hitting .456 with seven home runs, 20 runs scored and 27 RBIs.
Butler was named VaSID All-State for the third time in her career, adding it First Team recognition in 2011 and Second Team in 2010. She finished the year hitting .359 with a team-best 49 runs and a school record 40 steals. The Winter Garden, Fla., native added two doubles, two triples, a home run, seven RBIs, 13 walks and six sacrifice bunts during her senior season. This season she set a school record for career hits with 230 and career multi-hit games with 66.
Kiefer went 14-8 with a save and a 1.65 ERA in 27 appearances this year. The right-hander limited her opponents to a .216 batting average, adding 14 complete games, four shutouts, 65 strikeouts and just 27 walks in 135 2/3 innings pitched. She raised her game in CAA play by going 7-1 with a 0.88 ERA and a .174 opponent’s batting average in eight starts and 12 appearances against league foes.
Sandy collected VaSID All-State honors for the third straight year after being a Second Team selection in 2011 and 2012. The junior moved from third base to shortstop and hit .313 with 25 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 57 games started. She added five doubles, two triples and three home runs to go with 13 steals, four walks, three sacrifice hits and two sacrifice flies. She also had 78 putouts and 103 assists against just 13 errors for a .933 fielding percentage. Sandy hit .393 with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored in CAA play this season.
Heath hit .335 with 11 doubles and five home runs on her way to being named to the Second Team after being named to the Second Team as a freshman in 2012. She contributed 40 runs, 23 RBIs, 16 walks and 23 steals in 59 games played.
Field, a CAA All-Rookie recipient, hit .328 with a .417 slugging percentage and a .338 on-base percentage during her inaugural season with the Dukes. She also collected a team-best 14 doubles, one home run, 35 RBIs and 30 runs scored to go with 11 steals, four sacrifice flies and five walks. In CAA play, the Manassas, Va., native hit .338 with eight doubles 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored.
Longwood’s Brooke Short was voted the State Player of the Year and Longwood was second only to JMU with five All-State representatives. Virginia Tech placed four on the VaSID teams followed by Norfolk State with three, Virginia and Hampton with two and Liberty with one.
VaSID All-State University Division Softball Team
VaSID Player of the Year: Brooke Short, Sr., Longwood
VaSID Pitcher of the Year: Jailyn Ford, Fr., James Madison
VaSID Rookie of the Year: Jailyn Ford, Fr., James Madison
VaSID Coach of the Year: Mickey Dean, James Madison
VaSID First Team
C – Megan Baltzell, So., Longwood
1B – Sarah Mooney, So., James Madison
2B – Kylie McGoldrick, So., Virginia Tech
3B – Marcy Bowdren, Jr., Virginia
SS – Emily Murphy, Fr., Longwood
OF – Jasmine Butler, Sr., James Madison
OF – Lauren Gaskill, So., Virginia Tech
OF – Kori Nishitomi, So., Longwood
UT/DP – Brooke Short, Sr., Longwood
P – Jailyn Ford, Fr., James Madison
P – Heather Kiefer, So., James Madison
P – Melanie Mitchell, Sr., Virginia
VaSID Second Team
C – Erica Field, Fr., James Madison
1B – Taylor McCoy, Fr., Hampton
2B – Alina Moriarty, So., Norfolk St.
3B – Whitney Williams, Fr., Norfolk St.
SS – Caitlin Sandy, Jr., James Madison
OF – Morgan Heath, So., James Madison
OF – Katie Zavodny, Jr., Liberty
OF – Haley Ward, So., Norfolk St.
UT/DP – Courtney Liddle, Sr. Virginia Tech
P – Kelly Heinz, Fr., Virginia Tech
P – Jailynn Jackson, So., Hampton
P – Libby Morris, So., Longwood
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