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Critcher Named To All-Rookie Team

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 05/08/2012
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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW freshman first baseman Jordan Critcher was named to the Colonial Athletic Association's All-Rookie Team as the league announced its annual awards on Tuesday.

Critcher becomes just the ninth player in school history to earn the distinction and the first since graduating senior Kelsey Eddinger received the honor in 2009.

"We are happy to have Jordan recognized as a member of the CAA All-Rookie Team," said UNCW Head Coach Kelly Van Houten. "She was a leader for us during her freshman season, both in the field and at the plate. She is very deserving of this honor."

A native of Asheville, N.C., Critcher started all 51 games played during her rookie campaign and finished second on the team with a .273 batting average and 33 hits. She also showed great discipline at the plate, wrapping up her rookie season tied for fourth on the program's single-season chart for walks with 26.

Defensively, Critcher led the team with 305 putouts and a .982 fielding percentage as she committed just six errors in 330 total chances.

In other awards handed out Tuesday, James Madison's Ashley Burnham was named CAA Player-of-the-Year for the second time in three seasons while teammate Heather Kiefer was selected as the circuit's Rookie-of-the-Year honoree. Hofstra junior Olivia Galati was tabbed as the Pitcher of the Year for the third straight season and Pride skipper Bill Edwards was voted CAA Coach-of-the-Year for the fifth straight season.

2012 ALL-CAA SOFTBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Player, School

Pos.

Cl.

Hometown/Previous School

Paige Collings, Drexel

C

Sr.

Delta, British Columbia, Canada/South Delta

Lauren Coleman, Georgia State

1B

Fr.

Marietta, Ga./McEachern

Brooke Blankenship, George Mason

2B

Fr.

Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run

Krista Thorn, Hofstra

3B

Sr.

Smithtown, N.Y./Hauppuage/Iona

Ashley Burnham, James Madison

SS

Sr.

Danvers, Mass./Danvers

Morgan Heath, James Madison

OF

Fr.

Yorktown, Va./Grafton

Rachael Senatore, Hofstra

OF

Jr.

Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXII

Tessa Ziemba, Hofstra

OF

Jr.

Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's

Erin Trippi, Hofstra

DP/NP

Fr.

Lyndhurst, N.J./Paramus Catholic

Olivia Galati, Hofstra

DP/P

Jr.

West Babylon, N.Y./St. John's The Baptist

Olivia Galati, Hofstra

P

Jr.

West Babylon, N.Y./St. John's The Baptist

Heather Kiefer, James Madison

P

Fr.

Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls

 

SECOND TEAM

Player, School

Pos.

Cl.

Hometown/Previous School

Callie Alford, Georgia State

C

Fr.

Conyers, Ga./Heritage

Jenn Reading, Drexel

1B

Jr.

Stevensville, Md./Kent Island

Tori Rocha, Hofstra

2B

So.

Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth

Caitlin Sandy, James Madison

3B

So.

Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt

Hailey Balk, Towson

SS

Fr.

West Covina, Calif./West Covina

Megan Blank, George Mason

OF

Jr.

Leola, Pa./Conestoga

Ashley Christy, Georgia State

OF

Fr.

Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge

Tori Dudley, George Mason

OF

Sr.

Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma

Maddison Timoteo, Drexel

DP/NP

So.

Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter

Sarah Mooney, James Madison

DP/P

Fr.

Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg

Katie Lingmai, Towson

P

Jr.

Salem, Ore./North Salem

Kaitlyn Medlam, Georgia State

P

So.

Bethlehem, Ga./Apalachee

2012 CAA ALL-ROOKIE SOFTBALL TEAM

Player, School

Pos.

Cl.

Hometown/High School

Callie Alford, Georgia State

C

Fr.

Conyers, Ga./Heritage

Hailey Balk, Towson

SS

Fr.

West Covina, Cal./West Covina

Brooke Blankenship, George Mason

2B

Fr.

Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run

Ashley Christy, Georgia State

OF

Fr.

Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge

Lauren Coleman, Georgia State

1B

Fr.

Marietta, Ga./McEachern

Jordan Critcher, UNCW

IF

Fr.

Asheville, N.C./TC Robinson

Jessica Grisler, Delaware

IF

Fr.

Sacramento, Calif./Foothill

Morgan Heath, James Madison

OF

Fr.

Yorktown, Va./Grafton

Heather Kiefer, James Madison

P

Fr.

Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls

Sarah Mooney, James Madison

DP

Fr.

Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg

Erin Trippi, Hofstra

DP

Fr.

Lyndhurst, N.J./Paramus Catholic

2012 CAA Player of the Year: Ashley Burnham, James Madison
2012 CAA Pitcher of the Year: 
Olivia Galati, Hofstra

2012 CAA Rookie of the Year:  Heather Kiefer, James Madison
2012 CAA Coaches of the Year:  Bill Edwards, Hofstra


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