Harrisonburg, Va. – Senior Tori Rocha, junior Taylor Pirone and sophomores Chloe Fitzgerald and Maggie Hawkins earned All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team honors, it was announced on Tuesday night at the league’s banquet before the CAA Championship commences.
Senior Becca Bigler, juniors Erin Trippi and Morgan Lashley and freshman Lacey Clark garnered second-team honors. Clark was also named to the All-CAA Rookie squad and senior Rachael Senatore made the CAA All-Academic team. The voting was done by the league’s head coaches.
James Madison, which earned the top seed and the right to host the CAA Tournament, compiled at least a share of the five major individual awards. Shortstop Caitlin Sandy was named the Player of the Year, Jailyn Ford took home Pitcher of the Year, outfielder Niki Prince was the Rookie of the Year and Mickey Dean was tabbed as Coach of the Year. JMU’s Erica Field and the College of Charleston’s Lizzy Vaughn were Co-Defensive Players of the Year.
Rocha was selected as the first-team second baseman. It was her first-ever first-team award after being named to the second team in 2012 and 2013. This season, Rocha is hitting .280 with a .398 on-base percentage. Her three doubles is two shy of tying a career high.
Fitzgerald wan an All-Rookie team pick and a NFCA All-Northeast Region selection as a freshman in 2013 and has followed that up with a .370 average that is third-best in the CAA. Fitzgerald is 18-for-18 in stolen bases to lead the conference while serving as Hofstra’s left fielder.
Hawkins, like Fitzgerald, was an All-Rookie pick in 2013, and is building off a great first season with an even better sophomore campaign. The first baseman is hitting .343 with career-high in home runs (9), RBIS (44), runs scored (30) and a Hofstra-leading .586 slugging percentage.
Pirone transferred to Hofstra before the 2014 season with just six total wins in her first two years at Fordham. But the New Rochelle, New York, native has more than doubled her career win total in one season by going 15-5 with a 1.44 ERA that trails only Ford’s 1.22 figure for the league’s best mark. Pirone has tossed three shutouts and 17 complete games while allowing just four home runs in 131 innings with 61 strikeouts against 29 walks.
Like Pirone, Lashley transferred from another program and found immediate success at Hofstra. The two-year standout at Army arrived on campus and has made an immediate impact with a 17-4 record and a 1.76 ERA. A strikeout pitcher, Lashley has fanned 145 against just 30 walks in 143 1/3 innings for a strikeout-to-walk ratio better than four-to-one while averaging more than a strikeout per inning. Opponents are hitting just .208 against the right-hander. Lashley has now earned postseason honors in two leagues as she was the 2012 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year and an All-Patriot League pick in 2013, when she led Army to the conference championship.
Trippi has caught every pitch for Hofstra in leading the staff to a collective 1.78 ERA and 10 shutouts. The Lyndhurst, New Jersey, product has thrown out nine would-be base-stealers and has allowed just seven stolen bases for a staggering caught-stealing percentage of 56.2. At the plate, Trippi has been just as steady with a .302 average and a career-high seven home runs with a .425 on-base percentage. Trippi was an All-CAA first team pick in 2012 and 2013 and has made an all-conference team in each of her first three collegiate seasons.
Bigler leads the CAA with a .528 on-base percentage. The shortstop is hitting .343 with a .549 slugging percentage and a .528 on-base percentage. The fifth-year middle infielder form Bainbridge, Pennsylvania, has 14 extra-base hits and earned a second-team spot for the second consecutive season.
Clark, who has split time with Rocha, made her first career all-conference team at the utility/non-pitcher position by hitting .295 in making 28 starts (with 35 total games played). The freshman will carry a .385 on-base percentage into the conference tournament. The Rochester, New York, native also made the All-Rookie team as a utility player.
Senatore, a fifth-year outfielder, was Hofstra’s selection to the All-Academic squad. Senatore already earned her undergraduate degree from Hofstra and is pursuing her MBA in finance and has a 3.91 graduate grade-point-average. The Sparta, New Jersey, native was also honored earlier this week with the school’s Dr. Sylvia J. Giallombardo Female Scholar-Athlere of the Year award.
Hofstra (32-11, 11-4 CAA) earned the third seed in the conference tournament and will face second-seeded Charleston on Wednesday at 3 p.m. from JMU’s Veterans Memorial Park.