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Three JMU Softball Players Garner All-CAA Recognitions
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:05/10/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., May 10, 2011 – James Madison junior shortstop Ashley Burnham (Danvers, Mass./Danvers), sophomore center fielder Jasmine Butler (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) and freshman third baseman Caitlin Sandy (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) were recognized as part of the All-Colonial Athletic Association honors handed out by the CAA on Tuesday.

Burnham and Sandy were named to the All-CAA First Team while Butler took home Second Team honors. Sandy was also named to the All-Rookie team.

Burnham, the 2010 CAA Player of the Year, became just the second player in school history to appear on the All-CAA First team twice. She started all 52 games at shortstop for the Dukes, hitting .365 with 44 runs, 32 RBIs and 26 walks. The Danvers, Mass., native added 12 doubles, five home runs and a school-record 13 home runs for a .724 slugging percentage while adding 11 steals and three sacrifice bunts. Burnham also had 89 putouts and 125 assists against just 10 errors for a .955 fielding percentage.

In addition to setting the school record for home runs, Burnham ran her consecutive games started streak to 160 games this season, breaking the previous mark held by Jenn Chavez (2005-08). Her 44 runs and 26 walks are the second-most in school history while she also established school records for slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Sandy appeared in 50 games during her rookie campaign for JMU, starting 47. She hit .279 with 21 runs, 11 RBIs and eight walks. She added seven double, one home run, eight sacrifice bunts and six steals. Defensively, the third baseman committed just six errors while recording 52 putouts and 119 assists for a .966 fielding percentage. In conference play, Sandy hit .345 with three doubles, eight runs scored and six RBIs.

Butler adds a Second Team All-CAA honor to go with her First Team recognition from 2010. She led the CAA with a .371 batting average with 34 runs, 23 RBIs and 12 walks. Butler added five doubles, two triples, one home run, 19 steals, three sacrifice bunts and one sacrifice fly for Madison. Her 19 steals ranks second in school history for a single season. In CAA play, the sophomore from Winter Garden, Fla., hit .413 with 13 runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run and 12 RBIs.

Hofstra’s Olivia Galati repeated as the CAA’s Pitcher of the Year while her teammate, first baseman Sara Michalowski, was named the Player of the Year. Georgia State pitcher Kaitlyn Medlam garnered CAA Rookie of the Year honors. GSU’s Roger Kincaid and Hofstra’s Bill Edwards shared the league’s Coach of the Year award.

The awards were handed out Tuesday evening on Hofstra’s campus during the pre-tournament banquet on the eve of the CAA Championship.


Player of the Year: Sara Michalowski, Hofstra
Pitcher of the Year: Olivia Galati, Hofstra
Rookie of the Year: Kaitlyn Medlam, Georgia State
Coaches of the Year: Bill Edwards, Hofstra and Roger Kincaid, Georgia State

First Team All-CAA

Player, School, Pos., Elig., Hometown/High School
Paige Collings, Drexel, C, Jr., Delta, British Columbia/South Delta
Sara Michalowski, Hofstra, 1B, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan
Jess Hirschbuhl, Hofstra, 2B, Jr., Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks South
Caitlin Sandy, JMU, 3B, Fr., Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt
Ashley Burnham, JMU, SS, Jr., Danvers, Mass./Danvers
Rachel Miller, Towson, OF, Sr., Monrovia, Md./St. John’s Prospect Hall
Erika Stasch, Towson, OF, Jr., Pasedena, Md./Chesapeake
Tessa Ziemba, Hofstra, OF, So., Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s
D.J. Slugh, Hofstra, DP/NP, So., Malboro, N.J./Colts Neck
Hillary Allen, Drexel, DP/P, Jr., Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown
Olivia Galati, Hofstra, P, So., West Babylon, N.Y./St. John’s the Baptist
McCall Langford, Georgia State, P, So., LaGrange, Ga./LaGrange

Second Team All-CAA

Gina Knutson, Delaware, C, So., Elmhurst, Ill./York Community
Lauren Jones, Georgia State, 1B, Sr., Stockbridge, Ga./Union Grove
Michelle McKinnon, Delaware, 2B, Fr., Islip Terrace, N.Y./East Islip
Krista Thorn, Hofstra, 3B, Jr., Smithtown, N.Y./Hauppuage/Iona
Paige Nowacki, Georgia State, SS, So., McDonough, Ga./Ola
Jasmine Butler, JMU, OF, So., Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange
Rachel Campbell, Drexel, OF, Sr., Voorhees, N.J./Eastern
Audrey Mason, Georgia State, OF, So., Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb
Brenna Morrissey, Georgia State, DP/NP, So., Salem, N.H./Lawrence Academy
Amanda Stacevicz, Delaware, DP/P, Jr., Cedar Grove, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy
Katie Lingmai, Towson, P, So., Salem, Ore./North Salem
Kaitlyn Medlam, Georgia State, P, Fr., Bethleham, Ga./Apalachee

All-Rookie Team

Comfort Ahonkai, Drexel, OF, Fr. West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens
Kelsey Byrd, George Mason, P, Fr., Hesperia, Calif./Hesperia
Jessica Clifton, Georgia State, OF, Fr., Locust Grove, Ga./Lauella
Kaila Conlon, George Mason, UT, Fr., Vienna, Va./James Madison
Stephanie Maher, George Mason, P, Fr., Suffolk, Va./Peninsula Catholic
Michelle McKinnon, Delaware, 2B, Fr., Islip Terrace, N.Y./East Islip
Kaitlyn Medlam, Georgia State, P, Fr., Bethleham, Ga./Apalachee
Caitlin Sandy, JMU, 3B, Fr., Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt
Maddy Stanton, Georgia State, C, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga./Blessed Trinity
Tiffany Webb, George Mason, DP/NP, Fr., Smithfield, Va./Smithfield

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