SALISBURY, Md. – The Capital One Academic All-District Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, were announced for softball on Thursday and Salisbury University junior Rachel Johnson and sophomore Paige Knussman were each named to the District 2 team.
This is Johnson's second time earning the honor, having been selected to the All-District Team in 2013, and then being named a second-team Academic All-American. Johnson is one of the top pitchers in the country this season, ranking second in Division III in hits allowed per seven innings (2.89) and strikeouts per seven innings (12.2). She is 20-2 this year with three saves. Johnson has registered five no-hitters this season, three of which have been perfect games.
Knussman, Salisbury's starting designated player, is one of the best hitters in the country. The Easton, Md., native's .546 batting average ranks sixth in the nation, and her 10 home runs stand 10th-best in Division III. She has driven in 52 runs this season, good for ninth in the country, while her .882 slugging percentage is 13th nationally.
To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.30 grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve on her team. Johnson carries a 3.65 GPA as an elementary education major, while Knussman holds a 3.44 GPA in exercise science.
Johnson and Knussman are now eligible for selection to the Capital One Academic All-American Team. Salisbury has had six Academic All-Americans in softball. The Academic All-American Team will be announced on Tuesday, May 20.
To see the Academic All-District Teams, in their entirety, click here.