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JMU roundup: Toohers named CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week

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HARRISONBURG -- James Madison sophomore right-hander Patrick Toohers was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Pitcher of the Week following his performance Friday vs. Hartford.

Toohers worked seven innings in JMU's 11-3 win over the Hawks and allowed just one run on two hits with one walk. He struck out a career-high seven batters and faced just one batter over the minimum in his seven innings as two of the three batters to reach were erased on stolen base attempts.

The award is the third career CAA honor for Toohers, who was also named CAA Pitcher of the Week on April 23, 2012 and CAA Rookie of the Week on April 30, 2012. He shared this week's honors with UNCW sophomore Jordan Ramsey, who threw 6 2/3 shutout innings but did not factor into the decision in a 2-0 loss to San Diego.

The JMU staff ace improved to 1-2 this season with a 6.06 ERA and 11 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .262 against him in 16 1/3 innings.

James Madison's two scheduled midweek games vs. Radford, on Tuesday in Harrisonburg and Wednesday at Radford, have both been postponed due to the forecasted winter storm in the region. No rescheduling information is available at this time for either game.

In addition, JMU's March 15-17 home series vs. UNCW has been adjusted to a 6:30 p.m. first pitch for both Friday and Saturday. The games were previously set for 4 p.m. and 2 p.m. but were moved in order to reduce overlap with the softball tournament also being hosted at Veterans Memorial Park that weekend. Sunday's 2 p.m. game is unchanged.

Following the Radford postponements, JMU will resume its long home stretch by opening Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend against Hofstra.

Women's field hockey

HARRISONBURG -- Nine member of the James Madison field hockey team were named to the 2012 Gladiator SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad as announced by the organization on Tuesday.

The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes that have achieved a 3.0 or greater grade point average through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year. The six Dukes to garner honors were senior midfielder Jenna Taylor, senior forward/midfielder Auburn Weisensale, redshirt junior forward Rachel Wein, sophomore forward Bethany Ashworth and freshmen Saskia Chelmowski, Adrienne le Vatte, Bailee Hubert, Kristen Reitano and Lena Wimmert.

Ashworth was named to the National Academic Squad for the second time while all three upperclassmen, Taylor, Wein and Weisensale, were designated as four-year recipients.

The 2012 field hockey team as a whole was named as a National Academic Team on Monday. The National Academic Team recognizes those institutions that have achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year.

JMU was one of 70 Division I teams honored on Monday, including six Colonial Athletic Association squads.


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