JMU roundup: Ford named ECAC Pitcher of the Year

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CENTREVILLE, Mass. — James Madison softball pitcher/first baseman Jailyn Ford was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Pitcher of the Year, the organization announced on Wednesday. In addition, the All-American was named to the ECAC Division All-Stars first team.

Ford was one of 24 student-athletes honored by the ECAC on its first and second all-star teams Wednesday. This is the second time Ford has garnered ECAC recognition after picking up second team accolades a year ago.

The left-hander went 24-7 with a 1.26 ERA in 41 appearances. She had 21 complete games, nine shutouts, two combined shutouts and four saves. Ford struck out 233 batters against 40 walks in 228 2/3 innings pitched and held her opponents to a .200 batting average against. She also helped her team become the first-ever CAA program to sweep a three-game series from Hofstra and was the only pitcher in the nation to shutout Oregon, the top-seeded team in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, during the regular season.

At the plate, Ford hit .268 with a team-best nine home runs and 36 runs scored. She chipped in nine doubles while breaking the school record for walks in a season with 34. In addition, the Bath County, Virginia, native stole nine bases and posted a .986 fielding percentage on 144 fielding opportunities.

This is the third consecutive season JMU softball has fielded an ECAC honoree. In 2012, shortstop Ashley Burnham (2009-12) became the first player in school history to be recognized by the organization with her second team accolade, while utility player Sarah Mooney (2012-13) and Ford garnered awards in 2013.