SALISBURY, Md. – On the eve of the start of the Salisbury University softball team's 20th NCAA tournament appearance, senior pitcher Rachel Johnson collected another honor, being named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced on Thursday.
This marks the third-consecutive season that Johnson has earned the Academic All-District honor, for her work on the field, and in the classroom, where the elementary education major carries a 3.72 cumulative grade-point average.
On the field, Johnson has led Salisbury to a 30-6 record this season as a starting pitcher where she has a record of 21-4 with one save and a 1.43 ERA. Johnson has struck out 210 batters this season in 142 inning of work. She ranks in the top 10 nationally in hits allowed per seven innings, shutouts, and strikeouts per seven innings.
She has already claimed a number of awards this year, being named the Capital Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on three occasions, the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Pitcher of the Week twice, and to the All-CAC First Team.
Johnson and the Sea Gulls open play in the NCAA tournament on Friday, May 8, hosting McDaniel College and Virginia Wesleyan College in a three-team regional which will span two days. Salisbury opens the event against McDaniel at 11 a.m., on Friday.
Johnson is now eligible for selection to the Capital One Academic All-American Team. Salisbury has had seven Academic All-Americans in softball. The Academic All-American Team will be announced later this month.
To see the Academic All-District Teams, in their entirety, click here.