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June 14, 2013

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LYNCHBURG, Va.–Virginia softball senior pitcher Melanie Mitchell and junior third baseman Marcy Bowdren have been named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors’ All-State University Division First Team, VaSID announced Friday (June 14).

It is Mitchell’s third all-state honor and Bowdren’s first. Mitchell (White Plains, Md.) was named the VaSID All-State Pitcher of the Year in 2010 and was recognized on the first team in 2010 and 2012.

Mitchell, who was named to the NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team, finished her career as UVa’s all-time leader in wins (79), strikeouts (1,101), complete games (117), innings pitched (942), appearances (161) and starts (144).

This season, Mitchell finished at 16-17 with a 2.74 ERA and 270 strikeouts in 217.0 innings pitched. The 270 strikeouts rank sixth-most in UVa single-season history, rank 16th in the nation this year in total strikeouts and logged 11 double-digit strikeouts games.

Bowdren (Fairfax Station, Va.) led the Cavaliers with a .309 batting average, 47 hits and 26 runs and was second on the team with 23 RBI and four home runs. Bowdren was the sixth-toughest hitter to strikeout in the nation, averaging 38.0 at-bats per strikeout.

VaSID All-State University Division Softball Team
First Team
C – Megan Baltzell, So., Longwood
1B – Sarah Mooney, So., James Madison
2B – Kylie McGoldrick, So., Virginia Tech
SS – Emily Murphy, Fr., Longwood
3B – Marcy Bowdren, Jr., Virginia
OF – Jasmine Butler, Sr., James Madison
OF – Lauren Gaskill, So., Virginia Tech
OF – Kori Nishitomi, So., Longwood
UT/DP – Brooke Short, Sr., Longwood
P – Jailyn Ford, Fr., James Madison
P – Heather Kiefer, So., James Madison
P – Melanie Mitchell, Sr., Virginia

Second Team
C – Erica Field, Fr., James Madison
1B – Taylor McCoy, Fr., Hampton
2B – Alina Moriarty, So., Norfolk St.
SS – Caitlin Sandy, Jr., James Madison
3B – Whitney Williams, Fr., Norfolk St.
OF – Morgan Heath, So., James Madison
OF – Katie Zavodny, Jr., Liberty
OF – Hakey Ward, So., Norfolk St.
UT/DP – Courtney Liddle, Sr., Virginia Tech
P – Kelly Heinz, Fr., Virginia Tech
P – Jailynn Jackson, So., Hampton
P – Libby Morris, So., Longwood

VaSID Player of the Year – Brooke Short, Sr., Longwood
VaSID Pitcher of the Year – Jailyn Ford, Fr., James Madison
VaSID Coach of the Year – Mickey Dean, James Madison
VaSID Rookie of the Year – Jailyn Ford, James Madison

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