JMU roundup: Ford named CAA Pitcher of the Week

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RICHMOND — James Madison University sophomore pitcher/first baseman Jailyn Ford was named the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for the fifth time this season, the league announced on Monday.

It is the eighth time in her career that Ford has earned the league’s weekly pitching honor.

Ford went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a pair of shutouts in two appearances at North Carolina-Wilmington over the weekend. The sophomore threw 15 consecutive scoreless innings to improve her league-leading ERA to 1.29 this year. In game one against the Seahawks, Ford limited her opponent to one hit and a walk in eight innings to earn the win and followed that up with a five-hit shutout on Saturday to help the Dukes’ clinch their first outright CAA regular season championship.

Over the weekend, Ford set a school record for innings pitched in a season with 200 1/3 while passing both the 200-strikeout and the 20-win plateaus for the second consecutive season. She is the only JMU pitcher to reach either of those marks in a season. The left-hander also surpassed 400 strikeouts in her career and joins Jenny Clohan (2006-09) and Meredith Felts (2006-09) as the only hurlers in school history to reach that mark.

Hofstra’s Morgan Lashley shared Pitcher of the Week with Ford while Lashley’s teammate Michaela Transue earned Rookie of the Week. College of Charleston’s Rebecca Mueller garned CAA Player of the Week accolades.

The CAA championship gets underway from Veterans Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 7 with the top-seeded Dukes taking on fourth-seeded Towson at noon. Second-seeded Charleston plays third-seeded Hofstra at 3 p.m.