Stellar pitching lands Johnson Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Player of the Week

Stellar pitching lands Johnson Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Player of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Salisbury University sophomore pitcher Rachel Johnson continues to bring in awards after her stellar performance in the circle last week. Johnson was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Player of the Week, the organization announced on Wednesday, after tossing a perfect game and posting a 4-0 record and one save in her five appearances for the Sea Gulls.

Johnson pitched a seven-inning perfect game in her first appearance of the week at Wesley College. She had 12 strikeouts in the contest. The perfect game was the third for Salisbury since 2008. Stacy Davis and Kelly Leary each recorded perfect games in 2008 and 2011, respectively, but Johnson is the first in six years to toss a seven-inning perfect game.

Johnson struck out a career-high 17 against Catholic University of America on April 13, a mark that All-American Erika Brittingham also reached in her junior year of 2011. Johnson then fanned another 17 in her next start the next day versus Stevenson University.

The Preston, Md., native did not allow a single run to cross the plate in any of her starts last week. Johnson allowed just one run against Catholic, coming on in relief in the fourth inning. She tossed a no-hitter, giving up a walk in the seventh that would touch home, the only run of the week that was charged to her. After blanking Stevenson in game one, Johnson came on in the seventh inning of game two to earn her second save of the season.

In her 26 innings pitched, Johnson fanned 51 batters to improve to 234 strikeouts in 23 appearances. Johnson had a 0.27 ERA for the week.

Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, April 20 when it takes on Frostburg State University at the SU Softball Field. The Sea Gulls will take the field at 12 p.m., for the Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader.

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