LOUISVILLE, Ky. - James Madison senior pitcher/utility Jailyn Ford and sophomore pitcher Megan Good were honored amongst the best nationally Wednesday, as they were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America First Team. This marks the first time in program history that JMU has bolstered a First Team All-American.
Ford closes her collegiate career as a three-time All-American, having been honored on the All-America Second Team in 2014 and Third Team in 2015, while Good received her second career All-America laurel, as she was a Second Team member a year ago.
The duo led JMU to its first NCAA Super Regional appearance after claiming the program's first Regional title. With a record-setting No. 7 seed, JMU hosted a NCAA Harrisonburg Regional for the second consecutive year and first-ever Super Regional series. The Dukes made their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearances following a 2016 Colonial Athletic Association regular-season and tournament championship.
Ford was voted CAA Player of the Year for the second straight season while earning a spot on the CAA All-Tournament team all four years, highlighted by being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Performer in JMU's 2016 title run. She was a Senior CLASS Award finalist and was recently named to the 2016 Senior CLASS All-American First Team.
She owned an 18-3 record in the circle, paired with a 1.03 ERA, bringing her career and JMU program record to 82-21. The NFCA First Team All-Region selection led the team in triples, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
The ASA/USA Softball Player of the Year Top-25 finalist led the conference in walks and set JMU's single-season record, surpassing her previous record of 35 from 2014. She owns 21 JMU career records, including home runs, runs scored, total bases, walks, wins, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts. She recorded 11 multi-hit games this season with a career-best two homers at Charleston on April 9.
A two-time CAA Pitcher of the Year, Good was named a NFCA First Team All-Region selection, First Team All-CAA and CAA All-Tournament selection for the second year in a row. She was also tabbed a top-10 finalist for the ASA/USA Softball Player of the Year award.
With a 32-3 record, she broke JMU's single-season wins and ERA record (0.94), while leading the nation with wins throughout her sophomore season. In 215.2 innings pitched, Good tallied 222 strikeouts, 32 complete games, 10 shutouts. Through two complete seasons, she is atop the JMU career leaderboards with a 0.99 ERA and .157 opponent batting average.
At the plate, she hit eight homers, with three coming in the NCAA Super Regionals against No. 10 LSU. She tied an individual game-high of six RBIs against Fordham at the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Foundation Invitational Feb. 19-21 in Clearwater, Fla. She recorded 12 multi-hit games this season including a pair of homers against the Tigers in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regionals in Harrisonburg on May 27.
Good and Ford were two of 58 players selected to the NFCA All-Americans and the only players representing the CAA. This also marks the first time the CAA has placed two players on the NFCA All-American First Team.