Johnson tabbed NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week

Johnson tabbed NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Salisbury University softball pitcher Rachel Johnson is the first player in program history to be named the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Pitcher of the Week twice in her career, as she earned the honor for the second time on Wednesday, the organization announced.

Johnson is being recognized for her efforts in a week in which the Sea Gulls went 6-0 with Johnson playing a part in four of the wins. The Preston, Md., native earned three wins and a save, working 18 innings while striking out 37 batters, giving up just four hits and not allowing a run.

Johnson was part of a five-inning no-hitter in Salisbury's first game of the Sea Gull Classic, a 10-0 win against Rutgers University-Newark, working four innings before handing the ball off for the final frame.

She notched her own no-hitter, the 41st in program history and her fourth solo no-no, the next day, shutting down Wilkes University over five innings, striking out 12.

On Sunday, the junior tossed a two-hit shutout against Lynchburg College, in a 2-0 Salisbury win, striking out a season-high 15. In the nightcap of the doubleheader against the Hornets, she worked the final two innings of an 11-3 win, picking up her second save of the year.

This season, Johnson has worked 29 2/3 innings, having not allowed a run and just eight hits while striking out 60 batters.

Johnson also earned the national honor last season, following a week that included a perfect game and two 17-strikeout performances.

Johnson is one of five Sea Gulls to have earned the award in the history of the SU softball program.

Johnson and the Sea Gulls will be back in action this Friday and Saturday, hosting the Salisbury Invitational at the SU Softball Field. The Sea Gulls will begin play in the event on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m., taking on the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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