JMU roundup: Dukes’ trio earns all-state honors

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HARRISONBURG — Underclassmen Ty McFarland, Chad Carroll and Conner Brown were each selected Second Team All-State in the University Division by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) on Thursday.

McFarland, a junior third baseman, hit .339 with 12 doubles, one triple and four home runs while sharing the team lead as one of two players to appear in all 55 games. He finished third nationally averaging 1.18 runs scored per game with a total of 65, tops in the Colonial Athletic Association. He was also second in the CAA in walks with 45, trailing only teammate Johnny Bladel’s 52, while also sitting fifth in the league with a .458 on-base percentage. McFarland’s 0.82 walks per game also ranked 17th nationally.

Sophomore Chad Carroll played his first season in the outfield and was named Second Team All-CAA and Second Team All-East Region. He was a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award as college baseball’s Breakout Player of the Year. He matched the JMU season record and ranked second nationally with eight triples. He added 14 doubles and three home runs to post a .591 slugging percentage, which was good for eighth in the CAA. Carroll also ranked third in the CAA with a .389 average, fourth with 55 RBIs and fourth with 21 steals, all of which also ranked in the top 80 nationally. His 10 career triples in two seasons leave him eight shy of the program’s all-time record. He led JMU in average, hits (75), RBIs, triples, total bases (114) and steals (21).

Brown was named to the All-State team at the designated hitter, where he spent most of the season before finishing as the starting second baseman. The junior was a Third Team All-CAA selection after batting .341 with 12 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 44 runs scored and 47 RBIs. He ranked eighth in the CAA in homers, third with a .465 on-base percentage and seventh with a .592 slugging percentage. His 15 hit by pitches ranked eighth in JMU season history to push him to eighth on the career chart as well with 27.

The VaSID University Division is composed of all NCAA Division I programs in the state. Virginia swept the three major player awards with Mike Papi named Player of the Year, Kyle Crocket named Pitcher of the Year and Joe McCarthy selected as Rookie of the Year. William and Mary’s Jamie Pinzino was named VaSID Coach of the Year in his first year on the job.

Women’s field hockey

NORFOLK — A pair of James Madison field hockey players represented the Dukes at the National Futures Championship in Norfolk this week. Rising junior midfielder Dana Allaband and rising redshirt sophomore forward Taylor West competed at that six-day camp that was also used as a tryout for the USA Field Hockey Junior National Camp.

West played for the U-21 South team while Allaband was a member of the U-21 North squad. West’s team went 1-1-1 in pool play, scoring a goal in three games, while Allaband helped guide the North team to a 2-0-1 mark.

The two teams met in the U-21 finals with the North squad prevailing 3-2.

West finished second on the team in goals and points in 2012. She scored seven goals and added three assists for 17 points. In her career, she’s scored 13 goals and tallied four assists for 30 points in 22 games played.

Allaband led the team with nine assists in 2012. She added two goals for 13 points while starting all 19 games. For her career she has two goals, 15 assists and 19 points in 36 games played.

The field hockey Dukes open their season 2013 schedule on Aug. 30 at home against Kent State.