HARRISONBURG, go. (WHSV) – The James Madison baseball team is selected to become number four in the CAA South Division in 2021.
CAA South Division has JMU, UNCW, Charleston, Elon and William & Mary this spring. The Dukes collected a 10-6 overall record in 2020 before the season was shut down due to COVID-19.
Press release from JMU Athletics – Friday 5. February
James Madison two-way player Chase DeLauter, designated hitter Kyle Novakand pitcher Justin showalter were all named the 2021 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Team, the league announced Friday morning. The Dukes were selected to be number four in the South Division for the season.
UNCW was picked to win the South Division, earning seven first-place votes. Charleston, which received the other two first-place votes, Elon, JMU, and William & Mary rounded the South Division. Northeastern was the chosen favorite for the North Division with eight first place votes. Delaware received the second first-place vote, with Hofstra and Towson rounding out the North Division.
The conference uses a division format this season to reduce travel and with health, safety and well-being for coaches and student-athletes in mind.
DeLauter was selected for the preseason team as an outfielder, even though he is a two-way player. He played and started in all 16 games last season and led the team in stroke averages (.382), runs (14), hits (26), doubles (seven), slugging percentage, and was tied for lead in stolen bases (seven). The Martinsburg, W.Va. the native went 0-3 with a 7.98 ERA in four starts. He threw 14 strikes on 14.2 strokes. DeLauter also ranked in several CAA statistical categories.
Novak earned his second straight appearance on the preseason team heading into the 2021 season. He led the team last season in the RBIs with 16, and ended the year with a slash of .317 / .460 / .361. The Oakton, Va. native finished with 20 hits, three doubles and two home runs in 16 games.
Showalter appeared on the preseason team after a strong 2020 season. He appeared in five games, started four, and went 4-0 with a 0.68 ERA. He threw his first career stop last year and led the team in innings pitched (26.2) and strikeouts (21). The Bridgewater, Va. native held opposite hitters to a .144 average, and did not allow a earned run in 25.2 consecutive innings, which was the longest streak in program history since 1995.
The Dukes open their 45th season of Division I ball on Friday 5. March at home against Bowling Green.
2021 CAA BASEBALL ADVANCED ORDER OF FINISHED
- Northeastern (8 first place votes) 29
- Delaware (1 first place vote) 19
- Hofstra 16
- Towson 12
- UNCW (7 first place votes) 35
- Charleston (2 first place votes) 30
- Elon 18
- James madison 17
- William & Mary 10
2021 CAA BASEBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Player, school Bucket. Cl. Hometown
Matthew Trehub, William & Mary C Sr. Southborough, Mass.
Joseph Carpenter, Delaware IF Jr. Cornwall, Pa.
Ian Fair, Northeastern IF Jr. Walpole, Mass.
Austin Gauthier, Hofstra IF Sr. Lorton, Va.
Scott Holzwasser, Northeast IF Sr. Sudbury, Mass.
Ari Sechopoulos, Charleston IF Sr. Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Cole Weiss, UNCW IF Sr. Winston-Salem, NC
Noah Bridges, UNCW OF Jr. Benson, NC
Chase DeLauter, James Madison OF Fr. Martinsburg, W.Va.
Jared Dupere, Northeast OF So. Amesbury, Mass.
Anthony D’Onofrio, Hofstra OF Jr. Wantagh, NY
Jack Cone, William & Mary UT So. Fairfax Station, Va.
Kyle Novak, James Madison DH So. Oakton, Va.
Landen Roupp, UNCW SP Jr. Rocky Mount, NC
Justin Showalter, James Madison SP Jr. Bridgewater, Va.
Caswell Smith, Charleston SP Fr. Ball Ground, Ga.
Jared Wetherbee, Elon SP Jr. Fiskdale, Mass.
Brandon Dufault, Northeastern RP Jr. Windham, NH
Bryce Greenly, Delaware RP Fr. Milford, Del.
Adam Smith, UNCW RP Fr. Hampstead, NC
CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Landen Roupp, UNCW
Honorable mention: Jack Goan, C, Delaware; Matt McDermott, IF, William & Mary; Rob Weissheier, IF, Hofstra; Kyle Baker, OF, Delaware; Javon Fields, OF, Towson; Anthony Galason, OF, Elon; Donald Hansis, OF, Charleston; Hunter Hart, DH, William & Mary; Luke Gesell, SP, UNCW; Kyle Murphy, SP, Northeast; Derek Wakeley, RP, Delaware
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