RICHMOND, Va., April 15, 2013 –James Madison sophomore pitcher Heather Kiefer (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) and freshman pitcher/first baseman Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Bath County) were respectively named the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week on Monday after helping lead JMU to a 4-1 record last week.
Kiefer claimed CAA Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season and the third time in her career. For Ford, this is her fourth conference Rookie of the Week accolade and her sixth conference honor of the season.
Kiefer went 2-1 with a 0.00 ERA in the circle in three starts for the Dukes. She tossed a pair of shutouts in wins over George Mason over the weekend, holding the Patriots to six hits in 12 innings of work. The reigning CAA Rookie of the Year did not walk a batter and struck out five. Kiefer also started game one of the Dukes’ doubleheader against Virginia Tech. She did not allow an earned run in 4 2/3 innings of work.
This season, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 0.20 ERA in CAA play. She has limited her opponents to just one earned run on 17 hits and three walks in 34 2/3 innings. Three of her four shutouts have come against CAA opponents while she has thrown four complete games in five starts.
Ford contributed both at the plate and in the circle for the Dukes. She hit .636 (7-for-11) with two doubles, two home runs, six runs scored and three RBIs over five games. The rookie set a JMU freshman record for home runs in a season with her 11th in Sunday’s finale against George Mason. She also hit safely in all five games and scored the winning run in JMU’s walk-off win over Virginia Tech. In the circle, Ford went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA. She tossed a pair of complete games and struck out 11 in 14 innings pitched.
In league play, the Hot Springs, Va., native is hitting .581 (18-for-31) with seven home runs, three doubles, 18 RBIs, 17 runs and a 1.355 slugging percentage. She is 7-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings of work in the circle
Hofstra’s Becca Bigler earned the league’s Player of the Week award while her teammate, Caryn Bailey, shared the Rookie of the Week honor with Ford.
The Dukes return to the field this Wednesday for a doubleheader against in-state rival Liberty. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The doubleheader is available for free on MadiZONE.
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