Blue Hen Freshman Giovanna Kolofer Named to CAA Softball Second Team, Joined on All-Rookie Team by Bencivenga, Szymanski
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- University of Delaware freshman third baseman Giovanna Kolofer was named to the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Softball Second Team and was joined on the All-Rookie Team by classmates Sarah Bencivenga and Carolyn Szymanski Tuesday night at the conference awards banquet.
Kolofer (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame HS) appeared in 38 games while starting 35, all but two at third base, during her first season in Newark. She led the Blue Hens and ranks sixth in the league with a .340 batting average, while her four triples are tied for second in the CAA. Kolofer also was second on UD with 22 RBI while finishing third on the squad with 35 hits, 16 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.
Kolofer tied the school single game record by scoring four runs against UMES on Apr. 2, and finished with six hits and six RBI during a doubleheader sweep at Rider two weeks later. She recorded an eight-game hitting streak, the longest by a Blue Hen on the season, from Mar. 16 through Apr. 2, culminating with 10 hits during the final four games of the streak.
Bencivenga (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) started all 48 games at shortstop for UD during her rookie campaign, batting .286 while ranking second on the squad with 42 hits and 20 runs scored. Bencivenga tied for the team lead and tied for fourth in the CAA with 12 stolen bases, and also finished the year with 16 RBI and three home runs.
Bencivenga, who increased her batting average to .327 and led the squad with 17 hits during conference games, ranked second on the Blue Hens with 13 multi-hit games. She concluded her freshman season in impressive fashion, as she blasted two home runs and knocked in four during the regular season finale at James Madison on Apr. 27.
Szymanski (Middletown, Del./Caravel) was named to the All-Rookie Team as a pitcher after she went 12-13 with a 4.17 earned run average in the circle. Szymanski fired a team-high 131 innings and hurled three shutouts, including the 15th no-hitter in school history with a five-inning blanking of Monmouth on Mar. 2.
Szymanski also pitched a three-hit shutout against conference rival Drexel on Apr. 5, and allowed just two hits during a shutout of Lafayette four days later. Additionally, Szymanski batted .253 at the plate for the Blue Hens with a team-high four home runs to go with seven doubles and 14 RBI.
Kolofer is the first UD rookie to be named to an All-CAA team since Michelle McKinnon in 2011, while this year marks the first time the Blue Hens have placed three players on the CAA All-Rookie Team.
Additionally, sophomore second baseman Tori Conrad (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) was selected to the inaugural CAA All-Academic Team. Conrad, who has a 3.86 GPA as a political science major, batted .229 with eight hits, three runs scored and two RBI during the year.
Colonial Athletic Association Softball First Team
C - Erica Field, James Madison
1B - Maggie Hawkins, Hofstra
2B - Tori Rocha, Hofstra
3B - Kelsey Hodgson, College of Charleston
SS - Caitlin Sandy, James Madison
SS - Lizzy Vaughn, College of Charleston
OF - Chloe Fitzgerald, Hofstra
OF - Niki Prince, James Madison
OF - Olivia Yarbrough, Towson
DP/NP - Carly Hansis, College of Charleston
U/P - Jailyn Ford, James Madison
P - Hope Klicker, College of Charleston
P - Taylor Pirone, Hofstra
C - Erin Trippi, Hofstra
1B - Cassidy Clayton, James Madison
2B - Hannah Hayes, James Madison
3B - Giovanna Kolofer, Delaware
SS - Becca Bigler, Hofstra
OF - Carly Corthell, College of Charleston
OF - Rebecca Mueller, College of Charleston
OF - Taylor Newton, James Madison
DP/NP - Lacey Clark, Hofstra
U/P - Missy McCormick, Towson
U/P - Casey Rowland, UNCW
P - Heather Kiefer, James Madison
P - Morgan Lashley, Hofstra
Sarah Bencivenga, Delaware
Holiday Cahill, Towson
Kim Chan, Drexel
Lacey Clark, Hofstra
Giovanna Kolofer, Delaware
Samantha Martin, College of Charleston
Madyson Moran, James Madison
Taylor Newton, James Madison
Katie Padilla, College of Charleston
Niki Prince, James Madison
Carolyn Szymanski, Delaware
CAA Player of the Year: Caitlin Sandy, James Madison
CAA Pitcher of the Year: Jailyn Ford, James Madison
CAA Rookie of the Year: Niki Prince, James Madison
CAA Defensive Players of the Year: Eric Field, James Madison; Lizzy Vaughn, College of Charleston
CAA Coach of the Year: Mickey Dean, James Madison
Karli Boyer, Drexel
Tori Conrad, Delaware
Casey Rowland, UNCW
Caitlin Sandy, James Madison
Rachael Senatore, Hofstra
Jordan Trgovac, College of Charleston