Johnson, Dorsey honored as NFCA All-Americans

Johnson, Dorsey honored as NFCA All-Americans

SALEM, Va. – On the eve of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association annually announces its All-American teams and the No. 4 Salisbury University softball team was honored with two players garnering the award for the 2015 season, the organization announced on Wednesday evening.

Senior Rachel Johnson was named to the first team, closing out a career with three All-American awards, while junior Kim Dorsey picked up her second honor, being named to the third team.

Johnson is a natural choice as an All-American, currently ranking in the top five in six different statistical categories in the nation. She is third in the country in shutouts, with 13, and strikeouts, with 251. She has bumped up the shutout total since the postseason began, adding four in Salisbury's five wins to advance to the final week of the year. The Preston, Maryland native is also fourth in victories and fifth in hits allowed per seven innings (3.92), while boasting a 1.25 ERA to go with a 26-4 record.

Johnson has been named to the first team in each of the final three seasons of her career.

Dorsey, who has spent much of the season as the leadoff hitter, sets the table for a potent Salisbury lineup. The Baltimore native ranks in the top 100 in six statistical categories nationally, including fifth in runs scored per game, as she's crossed home 56 times this year. A power hitter at the top of the lineup, Dorsey has belted nine home runs, second on the team, while slugging .756 thanks to nine doubles and a pair of triples.

A standout defensive shortstop as well, Dorsey was a first-team All-American during her sophomore year.

With the two selections this season, Salisbury brings its total number to 33 All-Americans, including 13 on the first team. In each of the past four years, the Sea Gulls have had at least two All-Americans.

Salisbury will begin play in the national championship at 4 p.m., on Thursday, May 21, taking on DePauw University at the Moyer Sports Complex in the double-elimination championship.

To see the entire list of 2015 NFCA All-Americans, click here.

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