Softball puts six on All-Region team with four earning first-team accolades

Softball puts six on All-Region team with four earning first-team accolades

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In the midst of making a run toward an NCAA regional title, the No. 4 Salisbury University softball team received good news with six players being named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region Team, the organization announced on Saturday.

 Salisbury had four first-team members with the junior battery of Rachel Johnson and Rebecca Hoey claiming the top honor along with sophomores Paige Knussman and Kim Dorsey.

Sophomore Katie Sebbane was named to the second team and senior Harley Hill earned third-team accolades.

Johnson has continued to impress as one of the top pitchers in the nation, leading the country in strikeouts per seven innings (12.2) and ranking second in hits allowed per seven innings (2.89). The Preston, Md., native currently carries a 22-3 record to go with three saves and a 0.80 ERA.

She has been part of six no-hitters in 2014, five being solo and three perfect games. Her five no-hitters this season is a Division III single-season record and also holds the top mark with five career perfect games. This is Johnson's third time on the All-Region team, having been named to the first team last year before earning first-team All-American honors.

Hoey, who has been key in Salisbury's pitching success, has helped the three-player pitching staff to a 1.09 ERA entering the NCAA tournament, which ranks fifth in the nation. Hoey's success is not limited to behind it, but also at the plate where she ranks third on the team with a .423 batting average. She is slugging .712 this season thanks to 12 doubles and six home runs while driving in 31 runs.

Knussman has been Salisbury's designated player throughout the season, starting all 40 games for the Gulls. She is the team leader, and ranks fourth nationally, with a .536 batting average as she had a 24-game hitting streak earlier this year and has been held without a hit just twice this season. The Easton, Md., native is second on the team in both home runs (10) and RBIs (52) while added 10 doubles.

Knussman ranks second on the team in home runs and RBIs to Dorsey, who has send 15 out of the yard this year and driven home 57. The Baltimore native ranks fifth nationally in home runs, and eighth in on-base percentage, as she's drawn 19 walks this year. She's batting .487 this year, ranking 14th in the nation in that category in her first year starting at shortstop.

Sebbane is in her second year starting at third base and has played tremendous defense, with a .960 fielding percentage. The Frederick, Md., native ranks third on the team in runs batted in, sending home 44 this year. She is 33rd nationally in RBIs per game. Sebbane has struck out just once in 111 at-bats this season, ranking as the fourth-toughest player to strikeout in the nation.

Hill is in her fourth year as Salisbury's starting first baseman and leadoff batter. She's set the table for Salisbury's offense while ranks third in the nation, scoring 8.18 runs per game. The Huntingtown, Md., native is batting .392 this season with 13 doubles, which is tied for the team lead, and a team-best six stolen bases. At first, Hill has anchored a defense which is second in the nation, with a team fielding percentage of .980. Hill has sported a .984 field percentage, which ranks second on the team, to only Hoey, of players with at least 40 defensive chances. Hill was also a second-team All-Region selection last year.

This is the first All-Region selection for Hoey, Knussman, Dorsey and Sebbane.

The Sea Gulls will play Manhattanville College in the Salisbury, Maryland Regional championship game on Sunday, May 11, looking to make the next step in the NCAA tournament.

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