RICHMOND, Va., April 30, 2012 – James Madison freshman pitchers Sarah Mooney (Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg) and Heather Kiefer (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) received Colonial Athletic Association Weekly Honors as announced by the conference office on Monday.
Mooney is the CAA’s Player of the Week while Kiefer received Rookie of the Week honors after both players played key roles in leading JMU to a series win over Georgia State last weekend. Madison won two of the three games to clinch a berth in the upcoming CAA Championships.
Mooney batted .600 over the weekend, going 6-for-10 with a run scored and three RBIs. She added a double and a home run in three starts for the Dukes. The rookie pitcher/designated player recorded multiple hits in each of the three outings and drove in at least one run in both of the Dukes’ wins to lead the offensive attack against the Panthers. In the series finale, Mooney went 2-for-4 at the plate with a mammoth home run and drove in two of the team’s three runs in the 3-1 victory.
Kiefer garnered her third CAA Rookie of the Week accolade after going 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in a pair of starts against GSU. She tossed a complete game in each of her appearances, adding 11 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. The right-hander limited her opponent to just two runs, only one being earned, while giving up 16 hits and three walks.
Kiefer’s honor marks the eighth time in 11 weeks that a JMU player has been named the Rookie of the Week. Freshman outfielder Morgan Heath (Yorktown, Va./Grafton) has also received the honor three times while Mooney has earned it twice.
Hofstra’s Olivia Galati joined Kiefer and Mooney amongst the weekly award winner by claiming the CAA Pitcher of the Week honor.
The Dukes complete their regular season schedule this weekend as they host Towson for a three-game CAA series. First pitch for Friday’s doubleheader is schedule for 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park with a single game set for Saturday, also at 3 p.m.
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