June 4, 2014

Fortier, Ford and Allen Garner Top Honors as ECAC Releases 2014 Division I Softball All-Stars

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2014 Division I Softball All-Star teams today, and Fordham University senior  Elise Fortier (Coventry, R.I.), James Madison University sophomore Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va.) and University of Pennsylvania freshman Leah Allen (Woodbine, Md.) were selected as the major award winners. Fortier was named the Player of the Year, while Ford earned the Pitcher of the Year distinction and Allen was selected as the Rookie of the Year. The voting was completed by the head coaches within the ECAC Division I Softball membership.

Fortier led the Rams in nearly every statistical offensive category this season, helping Fordham to an overall record of 36-20 and a berth in the NCAA tournament. She batted .389 with 20 home runs, a school-record 73 RBI and an .854 slugging percentage. Fortier collected 33 extra-base hits, registered a .495 on-base percentage and was a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts. At the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, she belted her 20th home run of the season, and 46th of her career, to set a new program record in just three seasons. Fortier is the only player in the nation to hit 20 home runs in each of the past two seasons. She was also named the ECAC Division I Metro/Upstate Player of the Week on April 29, selected to the NCAA Tallahassee All-Regional Team, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region and the Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Year.

Ford enjoyed a record-setting campaign for the Dukes in 2014, as she set or tied school benchmarks for wins, shutouts, saves, innings pitched and strikeouts. The southpaw went 24-7 with a 1.26 earned run average in 228.2 innings pitched. Ford made 41 appearances this season, tossing 21 complete games and fanning 233 batters. She also twirled nine shutouts and held opponents to a .200 batting average. Ford also contributed to the Dukes’ 45 wins this season at the plate. She hit .268 with a team-high nine home runs and 36 runs scored. Ford also clocked nine doubles, worked 34 walks and stole nine bases. The two-time ECAC Division I South Pitcher of the Week was also named an NFCA Second Team All-American and the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year.

Allen capped off her first season in a Penn uniform with a .383 batting average and an Ivy League-best 13 home runs and 43 RBI. She also connected on nine doubles and one triple for .759 slugging percentage, which was also tops in the Ivy League. Allen posted an on-base percentage of .438, scored a team-high 34 runs and swiped 14 bases en route to being a unanimous selection as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. For her efforts, she also named an NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team selection and First Team All-Ivy League.

2014 ECAC Division I Softball Major Award Winners
Name Year Position Institution
Player of the Year      
Elise Fortier Sr. SS Fordham University
Pitcher of the Year      
Jailyn Ford So. P James Madison University
Rookie of the Year      
Leah Allen Fr. OF University of Pennsylvania

 

2014 ECAC Division I Softball All-Star Teams
First Team    
Name Year Institution
Catcher    
Megan Baltzell Jr. Longwood University
First Base    
Maggie Hawkins So. Hofstra University
Second Base    
Kristen Filicia Sr. Fairfield University
Third Base    
Brooke Blankenship Jr. George Mason University
Shortstop    
Elise Fortier Sr. Fordham University
Outfield    
Jayme Mask Sr. Boston University
Eileen McCann Gr. Iona College
Leah Allen Fr. University of Pennsylvania
Utility    
Jailyn Ford So. James Madison University
Designated Player    
Morgan McCalmon So. Dartmouth College
Pitcher    
Laura Messina Jr. Central Connecticut State University
Taylor Pirone Jr. Hofstra University
Second Team    
Name Year Institution
Catcher    
Taylor Hall Jr. University of Maryland - Baltimore County
First Base    
Kristen Turner Fr. Iona College
Second Base    
Alexis Watanabe So. Lehigh University
Third Base    
Morgan Decker So. Lehigh University
Shortstop    
Maggie Cocks So. University at Albany
Outfield    
Taylor Kuzma Jr. Marist College
Jackie Bates Jr. Rutgers University
Chandler Howard Jr. Rutgers University
Utility    
Natalie Hernandez Sr. University of Illinois - Chicago
Designated Player    
Carly Hansis So. College of Charleston
Pitcher    
Brittany MacFawn Sr. University at Albany
Allison Cukrov Jr. Stony Brook University