YORK, Pa. – Salisbury University softball senior Rachel Johnson closed out her career with another prestigious award, being honored by the Capital Athletic Conference as the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league announced on Wednesday.
Johnson becomes the fifth Sea Gull to claim the women's award, and the first since former women's lacrosse standout Sue Ackermann won the award in 2008. Johnson joins Kim Rementer as the only two Salisbury softball players to claim the award; Rementer was honored in 2005.
A Preston, Maryland native, Johnson is an elementary education major with minors in biology and middle school science, carrying a cumulative grade-point average of 3.726, having been named to the Dean's List in six semesters at Salisbury.
Johnson has been one of the top pitchers in the Division III softball through the past four years, as a three-time first-team All-American, four-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection, and she's twice been named the CAC's Player of the Year. On 19 different occasions, Johnson has been named the CAC Pitcher of the Week, and she's the only player in program history with multiple National Player of the Week honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association; being named the Division III Pitcher of the Week three times.
Statistically, Johnson is one of the best pitchers to come through the CAC, finishing her career with 99 victories and a 1.16 career ERA. Late this season, she became just the 18th pitcher in Division III history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts, and she is one of just two pitchers in NCAA history – across all divisions – to have recorded seven career perfect games.
Johnson has been a member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success since 2012 and Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society since 2014. She has been a Certified Pharmacy Technician for the past four years and has worked with Horizon's and Salisbury School and volunteered at Bethesda United Methodist Church Nursery.
Johnson was picked as a second-team Academic All-American last month, and was named Salisbury University's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year earlier this semester.