JMU roundup: Mooney, Ford win ECAC softball honors

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CENTERVILLE, Mass. — James Madison softball rising junior utility player Sarah Mooney was selected to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) 2013 Division Softball All-Star First Team on Wednesday. Rising sophomore pitcher and first baseman Jailyn Ford joined Mooney on the ECAC honor, collecting second team recognitions.

Mooney claimed First Team honors as the designation player while Ford made the Second Team at both pitcher and first base.

Mooney adds ECAC honors to her NFCA First Team All-Region selection as well as CAA Player of the Year and First Team All-CAA. The rising junior orchestrated one of the best offensive seasons in school history by hitting .400 with a .743 slugging percentage and a .448 on-base percentage. She added school records with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs to go with 45 runs, nine doubles, 17 walks and 16 stolen bases. The Huntersville, N.C., native became the second player since 2006 to win the CAA Triple Crown while starting at five positions in the field for the Dukes. In CAA play, Mooney raised her game by hitting .456 with seven home runs, 20 runs scored and 27 RBIs.

Mooney is the first player in school history to be named ECAC First Team.

Ford went 24-6 with a 1.61 ERA, nine shutouts and 23 complete games in 33 appearances. The left-hander struck out 209 and limited opponents to a .177 batting average against in 191 innings pitched. Offensively, Ford hit .373 with 11 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs, 49 RBIs, 38 runs 15 walks and nine stolen bases. She set 18 individual records during her first season in Harrisonburg on her way to being named First Team NFCA All-Region, First Team All-CAA and the CAA Rookie of the Year.

The ECAC honored 12 players as members of the First Team and 12 players, including Ford twice, as members of the Second Team. Mooney was joined by Hofstra’s Olivia Galati as representatives on the First Team. Galati was also named the ECAC Pitcher of the Year while Temple’s Stephanie Pasquale claimed Player of the Year accolades. Marist’s Nicole Cheek and Lehigh’s Morgan Decker shared Rookie of the Year recognitions.