SALISBURY, Md. – As the No. 1 Salisbury University softball team awaits the announcement of the 2013 NCAA tournament field, three members of the squad have been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Softball Team. Seniors Michelle Gravdahl, Hannah Mills and sophomore Rachel Johnson were each named to the All-District team, claiming three of the 10 Division III spots in District 2.
Gravdahl, Mills and Johnson embody the term student-athlete as the trio have not only been recognized for their abilities on the field but also in the classroom.
Gravdahl makes her third appearance on the team, with a 3.38 GPA as a nursing major at SU while being a leader on the diamond. Gravdahl leads the Sea Gulls in batting average (.453), slugging percentage (.783), on-base percentage (.560), runs scored (38), hits (48) and walks (21). The Ellicott City, Md., native not only is a fierce competitor in the batter's box but also behind the plate, helping to call two perfect games for the Sea Gulls this season, along with 18 shutouts.
Mills, a physical education major, makes her second showing on the team with a 3.61 GPA. The senior shortstop was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Player of the Week (April 3) this season for her ability to produce runs for the maroon and gold with her powerful bat. Mills is currently batting .370 with nine doubles, two triples and nine homers. The nine home runs is a team high while being tied in the other two categories. She has hit two grand slams this season.
Honored for the first time is Johnson. The sophomore is a biology major with a 3.81 GPA and carries her dominance from the classroom to the circle where she has pitched two perfect games and 11 shutouts for Salisbury so far this season, while also being named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Player of the Week (April 17). Johnson boasts a 22-1 record with a 0.62 ERA and has kept opponents to a measly .138 batting average. The Preston, Md., native has made 27 appearances in the circle, with 20 starts and two saves, in which she has fanned 275 batters.
To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-District Softball Team, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, and have reached sophomore athletic and athletic standings at their current institution. The trio is now eligible to be named to the Academic All-American Team.
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